HEDGESVILLE — Sutton Taylor made a triple play on the lacrosse field for Hedgesville in his senior year.
Not only did Taylor play on a state championship team for the Eagles in their first year as a lacrosse program, but he also earned national honors.
Taylor was named a defensive All-American, as well as an Academic All-American by USA Lacrosse for last season.
“It’s the biggest reward you can get in this state,” Taylor said. “It’s cool to get both awards. It shows the success I have had on the field and in the classroom.
“Hard work has paid off.”
Championships seem to be in the blood for Taylor, who is destined for West Virginia University to study immunology and microbiology in the 4.0-plus student’s quest to become a doctor.
“There’s always a need in the medical field,” Taylor said.
This is his second state lacrosse championship. He won a title while playing with Martinsburg’s freshman team in his freshman year. Prior to that, he played with Panhandle Pride.
This title with Hedgesville, however, was different.
“It was perfect for me,” Taylor said, “to go all the way to win the freshman year.
“That’s all you can ask for.”
It was so much better, because he was paired up with his classmates.
“I thought it would be more fun to see kids that I see every day and go to class with,” Taylor said.
Also a football player, defenseman and midfielder, Taylor was part of the Hedgesville football program in his freshman year when the Eagles finished second in the state tournament.
“We failed,” Taylor said.
But not in lacrosse, for the player who took up the sport in college.
He said he put a lot of time and effort into learning the game, and he did everything he could.
Taylor scored one goal in the Division 2 Championship, a game Hedgesville won 17-3 over Mountain State. He also had seven ground balls and five takeaways in the final.
Taylor has scored seven goals and provided four assists for the season. He got 122 ground balls and 45 takeouts.
The Eagles finished the season at 13-3, and while playing for his own school delighted Taylor, he thought back to his days as a Pride member, and the team lost a playoff game to Morgantown.
Hedgesville beat Morgantown 10-8 on the season.
“Beating them was pretty cool,” Taylor said. “It felt like a recovery win.”
He plans to try out for the club’s lacrosse team at WVU.
Taylor once played for the Mountaineers club coach in the season-ending All-Star Game and spoke to the coach about playing.
Whether Taylor makes it or not, he knows it will be tough to beat his senior year of high school lacrosse in which he won a triple crown.