Romo ready to score big goals at next level
BRATTLEBORO — The Colby-Sawyer College women's lacrosse team has lost its last three overtime games, but that streak is expected to end very soon.
Olivia Romo, who scored in extra time to shock Northampton in 2018 and also delivered in OT versus Burr and Burton during a playoff game on the ice last winter, is bringing her clutch gene to New London, N.H. to play lax for the Chargers.
"The lacrosse coach at CSC says that I am going to be a very strong asset to the team. I have great cutting and finishing skills, and that is very important for attacks," said Romo, who is a senior at Brattleboro Union High School.
She scored 78 goals and dished out eight assists during her varsity career, helping the Colonels win 26 games over the last two seasons combined.
"Liv had a breakout season her junior year. She made adjustments to her shooting that made her a goal scorer," stated Brattleboro girls lax coach Michael Lonergan. "With her ability to read spaces and make strong cuts, she created a lot of scoring opportunities for herself and others. She also stepped up and became a ball handler for our squad, giving the team more options on offense."
Romo will major in Nursing at Colby-Sawyer College and plans on playing the attack position for the Chargers.
"I love the high energy and speed of lacrosse, and how good it feels when you thread the needle on a good play. Because lacrosse is such a high scoring, back and forth game, the outcome can be so unpredictable at times, making it so exciting," she explained.
The Marlboro resident played in the Rising Stars Showcase last summer in Middlebury. The annual event is an all-star lacrosse game for the top underclassmen in Vermont.
"Our home semifinal playoff game my sophomore year," Romo listed as one of her best BUHS lacrosse memories. "It was a super close game, and even though we lost we had never felt more like a family. I was so proud to be part of that team."
During that same season, she was voted the Brattleboro Reformer Athlete of the Week after intercepting a clearing pass by the Northampton goalie in overtime and then burying the game-winning shot. She struck again in bonus time as a senior — this time on the ice — when she pounded home a rebound to give the Colonels a 1-0 playoff win over Burr and Burton.
"It was an amazing team effort and we kept fighting until the last moment, which is the most rewarding feeling," said Romo of her heroic moment at Memorial Park.
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