As a young girl growing up in sports-minded Winthrop, Eva Hynes played soccer, basketball, and softball.
â€œBut I never really stuck with anything before lacrosse became my passion,â€ said Hynes, 18, who graduated in May from St. Maryâ€™s High School in Lynn where she helped lead the lacrosse team to an 18-0 record this season.
Hynes first connected with lacrosse when she was a seventh grader at Excel Academy in East Boston.
â€œI read a flyer on the school bulletin board about a youth program that was seeking lacrosse players,â€ said Hines.
She signed up for Metro Lacrosse, an established youth lacrosse instructional program and league based at Chelsea Highâ€™s artificial turf field.
â€œI loved lacrosse from the beginning,â€ said Hynes. â€œIt was an exciting, fast-paced sport and I like the teamwork involved in it.â€
Hynes, who is 5-foot-4, quickly developed into a very good lacrosse player, one that was a considered a rising talent as an eighth grader. When it came time to pick a high school, St. Maryâ€™s High School was just starting a varsity lacrosse program and that weighed heavily in her decision.
Hynes became a scholar-athlete at St. Maryâ€™s, attaining honor roll recognition all four years while playing four seasons of varsity lacrosse.
Eva was a starting defenseman for three seasons. She was a captain of the 2010 team that won all 18 games (The Lady Spartans lost in the first round of the State Tournament).
â€œWe had a great season â€“ I didnâ€™t really expect to go undefeated,â€ said Hynes. â€œOur coach [Doug Lowe) did an amazing job. He helped us work together and he was always inspirational, helping us get through the tough games, especially Bishop Fenwick [High School], who is our rival and we beat them twice this year.â€
St. Maryâ€™s Athletic Director Jeff Newhall said Hynes was well respected by her teammates.
â€œEva improved her skills in lacrosse every season,â€ said Newhall. â€œShe set a great example for the younger players in the program with her commitment to the team and the way she always worked hard on the field and in the classroom. Sheâ€™s also one of our lacrosse pioneers â€“ her first year on the team was the first year our school had a varsity program.â€
Hynes says sheâ€™s grateful to her parents, Jeff and Kim, for supporting her in all of her endeavors, especially lacrosse.
â€œThey were at all my games,â€ said Hynes. â€œMy dad is my No. 1 fan.â€
Hynes will be continuing her lacrosse career in college. She will attend Lasell College in the fall and major in Fashion Merchandising.