|May 7, 2012||Filled under Covering the Field, Sports||
Miki Gobeille is a great lacrosse player. That’s how first year Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head girls lacrosse coach Erin Malone begins to describe her senior captain. She continues with, “Miki leads her team by example: she shows up on time, works hard every day, and is super positive. Numerous times, as our senior starting goalie, she has said to me, ‘I’ll play any position you need.’ As a first year coach, this is music to my ears as I am getting to know folks and work out the best combination of players on the field,” coach Malone added, “During the next few weeks, I look forward to watching her continue to expand her lacrosse and leadership skills.”
Born and raised in Shelburne, Gobeille turned 18 on Jan. 22, 2012. Her family includes parents, Kim and Al, older sister Erika, a sophomore at St. Lawrence University, younger brother Connor, a sophomore at CVU, and two dogs, Bear, an English Mastiff, and Copper, a Shetland Sheepdog.
Gobeille attended the Shelburne Community School where she picked up a lacrosse stick for the very first time. “I started playing in the eighth grade in the Rec Dept. league,” she recalls. “My sister played and I was always up for trying a new sport. Plus I thought it would be fun and interesting,” she added. It obviously was much more than that.
She made the varsity lacrosse team and began playing goalie simultaneously as a CVU freshman. Gobeille has a unique perspective when it comes to goaltending, “It may be easy to get discouraged as a goalie but I have great defense in front of me,” she mentioned. “It’s easy to keep my head up while I’m playing with this team. We’re having such a good time.”
Currently a four year varsity starter and captain, Gobeille feels her greatest strength is keeping the team upbeat and positive. She notes, “I like to take charge on the field. Plus I ask a lot of my team so I better have a good strong relationship with them.” Coach Malone concurs adding, “As a captain, Miki is able to effectively communicate the needs of her teammates to me. And every day, she puts the success of the entire team first.” And the team is successful; standing at 4-2 early in the regular season.
In addition to lacrosse, Gobeille is a 4-year varsity alpine skier, and is involved in Key Club, the largest service organization at CVU, National Honor Society, and Chill Upperclassmen Boosting Student Success or CUBSS, a mentoring program for incoming freshman and transfer students. Not to mention that she recently returned from a Volunteer Vermont community service trip to Summerton, S.C., her second effort in as many years. “The trip is so great. And the experience is so amazing. Especially the second year, because we made so many great connections the first year that we step up to the plate even more,” she shared.
Prepared for life after high school, Gobeille plans to pursue her interest in math or economics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. Her preparation for the future along with a unique combination of talents: leadership skills, a commitment to success, and an upbeat personality, will soon have this recently retired goalie scoring some goals of her own.