CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BigSouthSports.com) - The Big South Conference, in conjunction with Collegiate Partner Musco Sports Lighting, continues its monthly "Musco Women's Spotlight" feature. This month's spotlight is Presbyterian College women's lacrosse and women's basketball player Megan Schaaf (Ellicott City, Md.).
The Presbyterian College women's lacrosse program will be one of eight teams to make history as charter members in the Big South Conference's sponsorship of women's lacrosse. Schaaf has played two years for the Blue Hose lacrosse team but will bring a wealth of knowledge about League opponents and traditions, as she's played the last two seasons for the PC women's basketball team as well.
Schaaf arrived at PC after a stellar athletic career at Mt. Hebron High School, averaging 13.0 points per game and 9.4 rebounds on the basketball court as a senior, helping her hoops squad to a state title in her sophomore year while earning MVP honors in the championship game. On the lacrosse field, Schaaf helped the Vikings win their 11th-straight title in 2008. "I realized that [basketball] was more of my passion, what I leaned to," said Schaaf. "So I played basketball here, and then the PC lacrosse coaches were from Maryland so they'd heard of my high school, Mt. Hebron."
The 6-0 rising junior saw action in 10 basketball games her freshman year and joined the lacrosse team late in the 2011 campaign, playing three of the last four games and scoring in her debut against Jacksonville.
In 2011-12, Schaaf doubled her production on the court with 20 games played for the Blue Hose basketball program, nearly scoring a double-double against Columbia College (eight points, seven rebounds) in 23 minutes of action.
"Megan is the consummate student-athlete in the way she balances two sports and excels in the classroom," said head women's basketball coach Ronny Fisher.
Head women's lacrosse coach Julie Redman, in her first season at the helm, then played Schaaf in 13 games during the 2012 campaign and started her in nine of them.
"She's been a fantastic addition," said Redman. "She controls the offense, emotionally and tactically. She's very grounding for the other players."
Schaaf took advantage of her starting role, scoring nine goals and tallying 11 assists, tying for second-most on the squad. She enjoyed a career game in the final game of the season against Liberty, netting three goals and two assists for a game-high five points in an 18-12 victory.
The Blue Hose cites her defensive ability and height as a basketball skill that translates to lacrosse and uses her frame to post-up and look for assists.
"Being that I am six-feet tall, a lot of the things that I do in basketball have helped me a lot in lacrosse as far as my post moves," she said. "I like to get assists rather than the goals because I can see the cutters."
PC women's lacrosse will join Campbell, Coastal Carolina, High Point, Liberty, Winthrop, Davidson and Longwood as part of the Big South's 19th championship sport in the spring of 2013.
"I'm excited that we're going to have the chance to play in a competitive league," Schaaf said. "I think overall everyone's willing to work hard and listen and we'll improve in both sports."
Schaaf has played in 15 Big South women's basketball contests and knows what League opponents can offer in any competitive arena.
"You're always going to get a competitive game. It's always a challenge," she said. "Each school has its signature thing that they're really good at."
The junior anticipates both programs improving as they prepare to compete in the Big South's postseason play for the first time, and she'll be ready with a basketball or a lacrosse stick.
"I'd always dreamed of being able to play two sports in college, but not too many people that I knew did it," Schaaf said. "I love it. Both teams, both sets of girls, they're my best friends on campus and I hang out with all of them outside of practices and games. I really like being able to do both and it's very cool."
Written by Ryan Real of Presbyterian College's Athletic Communications office
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