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Monnat sisters set to dominate Le Moyne soccer, lax fields

Claire and Maggie Monnat, of Baldwinsville, take it to the Le Moyne soccer field in leisure form. The Le Moyne freshmen are featured in the “Syracuse Women Inspire” section of the February 2013 edition of Syracuse Woman Magazine.

Claire and Maggie Monnat, of Baldwinsville, take it to the Le Moyne soccer field in leisure form. The Le Moyne freshmen are featured in the “Syracuse Women Inspire” section of the February 2013 edition of Syracuse Woman Magazine.

— Their older brother and sister were both proficient in sports growing up as well. Maggie even took on No. 11 for her soccer jersey since it was her brother’s number.

“People sometimes joke around asking us if we can read each other’s minds,” Maggie said. They laugh at the question, but only to a certain extent.

Although meant as a joke, they don’t deny feeling a connection while playing together on the field.

In their sophomore year of high school, Claire and Maggie made the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. The girls enjoyed many successful seasons until disappointment hit when Claire tore her ACL at the beginning of her senior year. She was out for the rest of the soccer season as well as the winter basketball season.

Having always been immersed in the action of the game, Claire was now looking in from the outside. But watching the game provided its lessons, and made her a more appreciative team member and teammate once she was healed.

It was hard to say goodbye to high school, but the sadness evolved into excitement for a new chapter at Le Moyne. The girls’ plan wasn’t actually to attend the same college.

Claire and Maggie were on campus to meet with the lacrosse coach and the soccer coach’s office was conveniently located next door. They decided to meet with both and were told they could play both sports. And so, the choice of where to go was easy.

College athletics brought new challenges, not only having to form new relationships with the soccer and lacrosse teams, but in the training as well. Weight training, intense conditioning and early morning workouts and meetings made the girls see how different the college sports scene would be, especially since none of these things were required of them in high school.

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