Sports can be funny for high school players at times. After all, it seems the better you play in your state, the less likely you are to stay in your state.
Elle Hvozdovic has already played in California, Virginia, Massachusetts and Florida. This past week, she was also representing her home state in Maryland as part of the Brine All-American Classic, a tournament featuring the best lacrosse players in the country.
Hvozdovic caught a bit of a break when it came to being a part of this event, though.
"There was a tryout for the team in South Brunswick," Hvozdovic laughed. "I usually have to go way north or way south for tryouts. This one was pretty convenient."
While Hvozdovic is always comfortable on the lacrosse field, she was literally right at home for these tryouts. She will be a senior at South Brunswick High School in the fall.
Hvozdovic is coming off a season in which she scored 105 points (60 goals and 45 assists). She now has 122 goals and 185 points for her career.
"This season was great," Hvozdovic said. "Every time someone reached 10 goals or 100 points, we had a little ceremony (Cara Bagley and Kelly O'Brien both reached 100 points). It was a lot of fun."
For her exploits, Hvozdovic was named to the First-Team of the All-Greater Middlesex Conference as a Midfielder. She was also named to the All-Area Team and the GMC Offensive Player of the Year.
While Hvozdovic was quite young to top 100 points and 100 goals, she does have the size and experience to be an elite player.
Hvozdovic is 6' and also uses that height to also play volleyball. From the time she was a little girl, she realized size was a big advantage on the lacrosse field.
"When the ball goes up, it's easier for me to go up and get it," Hvozdovic said.
Hvozdovic also has a reach advantage over most of her opponents. And being bigger than most of her opponents right from the start of her career, Hvozdovic also didn't have the fear often associated with players attempting lacrosse for the first time.
"My mom had friends in school that played lacrosse," Hvozdovic said. "She suggested I give it a try. I tried it and I really liked it."
Hvozdovic started playing lacrosse in a rec league in Princeton. She played in middle school in South Brunswick. Now, Hvozdovic plays lacrosse the entire year.
"It's a big commitment," Hvozdovic noted.
Hvozdovic is a member of the X-Team, which has girls from around the United States on its roster. Hvozdovic's teammates include girls from California, Florida, Washington and Texas. Hvozdovic even faced off against some of her X-Team teammates this past weekend in the Brine All-American Classic.
"Because we're so spread out, we don't have a chance to practice together a lot," Hvozdovic noted. "We have training weekends where we work hard. After that, we meet up at tournaments. We all have to do a lot of the training on our own."
This summer Hvozdovic will continue to travel. She'll then settle in for her senior season. That, of course, will entice a lot of people to ask for her to come visit.
"I'm currently on the search for colleges," Hvozdovic noted. "I did the Bucknell camp. I will also do camps at Richmond and Boston College."
Hey, when you get this good, it's only a matter of time before the act goes on the road.