While still in high school, Analise Wilson watched the Chaprosral girls’ lacrosse team from the stands and dreamed of the moment she would have a chance to play for the Cougars.
Wilson immediately impressed as freshmen, finishing second in goals and first in ground balls to help the Pumas improve from 3-13 in 2016 to 11-4 in 2017. Wilson’s growth as a player and leader is a major reason Chaparral emerged as one of the best lacrosse programs for girls in the interior.
“Analise is a player who doesn’t like to lose. It really eats her up, “said coach Pat Mawhinney, who took over the program in 2017.” She is competitive and will do everything in her power to help her team win. ”
Wilson’s athletic journey has taken a handful of twists. She did gymnastics for eight years, but eventually lost passion as she got older and bigger. Wilson tried her hand at tennis for a few years before giving lacrosse a try when she was in high school.
“I fell in love right away,” said Wilson. “I like the team aspect and just wanted to get better.”
Wilson was a staple in Chaparral’s midfield for four seasons. She grew every season, finishing her prep career with 151 goals (2.7 per game) and 330 ground balls (5.9 per game).
“Analise gained enormous knowledge of the game in a short period of time and it shows when she plays,” said Mawhinney. “She has been so valuable to our program and I am grateful for everything she has done.”
Lacrosse may be Wilson’s greatest passion, but that didn’t stop her from trying other sports during her time at Chaparral. Wilson trained with the school’s hockey team for four seasons. And to stay in shape out of season, Wilson also ran cross country and played water polo.
“I am not sure if there is a sport that Analise has not tried at least once,” said Mawhinney with a laugh.
Chaparral was a 4-2 and number 5 team in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 rankings when the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hiatus was disappointing for athletes in all of the spring sports, but this was an even bigger blow to the region’s lacrosse players as 2020 would be the first time the sport had official Southern Section championships.
“It was heartbreaking because we’ve been looking forward to this for four years,” said Wilson.
Mawhinney said it was difficult to deliver the news to his players.
“It was very emotional for everyone,” he said. “I thank them all for all the hard work and dedication he has given to the program, whether it was all four years old or just this half season.”
Wilson will continue her education and lacrosse career at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She has been training and doing stick exercises in recent months to keep her game polished.
“I’m excited to see what she can achieve in the future,” said Mawhinney. “As good as she was in high school, I think she will get even better in college.”