Athlete Worth Watching: Claire Domshick
Jan 06, 2016 05:05PM
● By Cate Reynolds
Severna Park High School Field Hockey, Basketball, Lacrosse
By Tom Worgo
Severna Park’s Claire Domshick picked a path fewer high school stars are following these days by competing in three sports. One or two sports seasons just aren’t enough for the Falcons’ junior standout. Even though Domshick considers lacrosse to be her favorite, she never really considered giving up basketball or field hockey to concentrate on a single athletic activity.
Besides, focusing on all three seasons has not hurt Domshick, who committed in June to play lacrosse for the University of Oregon on a lacrosse scholarship. “I’m sticking with three sports,” confirms Domshick, who carries a 3.6 grade point average and takes Advance Placement classes in geography, biology, and calculus. “It allows me to keep a consistent schedule going and basketball helps me a lot with lacrosse. It keeps me in shape.
“And I love all my teams and coaches,” she adds. “I couldn’t imagine leaving the girls I play with.”
Severna Park athletic director Dave Merritt couldn’t be happier to learn that Domshick will continue to play three sports throughout her high school career. He enjoys watching her compete in all three seasons for the Falcons. “I see her being able to rank up there with the best athletes that have ever come though the school,” he says. “She just stands out on the field among an elite group of athletes in all three sports. That’s really hard to do considering the type of athletes we have here at Severna Park.”
The five-foot-six Domshick will continue to garner the most attention in lacrosse. She had some attractive options to play the sport at the next level, including Oregon, where she plans to major in kinesiology. She chose the Ducks over offers from UMBC, Boston, Long Island, and Rutgers.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to get off the East Coast and explore the West,” says Domshick, who has played club lacrosse the past five years in the summer and fall. “The coaches there were amazing. I think Oregon is just the best for me—and I do have family out there.”
She is a rarity in a lacrosse program as deep and rich as Severna Park’s in that she started as a freshman and sophomore for the two-time defending Class 4A-3A state champions and was a Second-Team All-County selection last year as a defensive midfielder.
“I have been looking at my team for the upcoming season and I know on the defensive end she will really lead us,” Severna Park Girls Lacrosse Coach Kaitlyn Fuller says. “She can do it because she is just that fast and tenacious.”
Fuller will also continue to count on Domshick in the circle. “She can really win the draw controls when I need her to,” she says of a player who compiled 18 draw controls last year. “She is very reliable.”
Fuller says Domshick, who is also a reserve combo guard on the school’s varsity basketball team, is the ultimate team player. She had no problem switching from the forward line to midfield before the start of the 2015 season.
“She will do anything and everything for the benefit of the team,” she explains. “When I told her she wouldn’t be playing attack last year, she didn’t pout about it. She said, ‘Whatever I can do to help the team out.’”
After starting the past two years for the Severna Park junior varsity field hockey team, Domshick has earned a starting spot on varsity as a midfielder for the defending Class 4A state champions this fall.
“She’s had a major impact with our team this year,” Severna Park field hockey coach Ann Andrews says. “Her speed, tenacity, and never-say-die attitude really help us.”