The Phoenixville High girls' lacrosse program has had its share of elite talent. Throughout the years, players such as Amy Bawker (played at the University of Maryland) and Dana Dwaltney (William and Mary; currently coaches Stanford) starred for the Phantoms and went on to play at the collegiate level.
You can add Liz Jones to the list.
The 5-foot-9 Jones scored 242 goals in a 52-game career - good for an astounding average of 4.65 goals per game. She scored at least three goals in 48 of her 52 games and did it all against double and triple teams.
That's not bad for someone who started out on defense her freshman year.
"She sees the field very well," Phoenixville coach Jen Forestal said when asked what sets Jones apart from the rest. "Also, she's extremely athletic. She takes basketball moves and incorporates them on the field. She's very creative with what she does, and she can make things happen out of nothing."
Then there's the selflessness. According to Forestal, when asked by a reporter about how she felt about scoring her 200th career goal, Jones said she had to get 200 assists from her teammates to do it.
"She's just a great kid. She wasn't that prima donna player," Forestal said.
At one point in a Pioneer Athletic Conference playoff game vs. Perkiomen this season, the Phantoms found themselves down by seven before mounting a furious comeback topped by Jones' game-winning goal with 11 seconds on the clock.
It wasn't anything new for Jones, a team captain. It was her third game-winning goal of the season that came with less than a minute left - and the eighth of her career.
The win sent Phoenixville into the next playoff round to play Pottsgrove, and the Phantoms fell short, 20-13. But the loss was not due to Jones' performance. She registered eight more scores to finish the season with 80 goals in 17 contests. She scored 87 as a sophomore and 75 as a junior.
Jones credits her success to simply wanting it more than anyone else.
"I'm very tenacious. I get angry out there," she said. "I'm very determined. Basically, I will do anything to come out one top."
Besides playing for the Phantoms, Jones refined her game while playing for travel teams such as SEPA 2009, a squad that featured many of the area's top players. The exposure, along with her averaging five goals per game on the team and attending high-profile summer camps at various colleges, led to more than 60 colleges inquiring about her.
Despite attracting interest from Division I programs such as Notre Dame and Louisville, Jones narrowed her list to four area schools - Philadelphia University, Temple, West Chester, and the College of New Jersey - before deciding to accept a scholarship offer from Division II Philadelphia.
"The SEPA program helped also with understanding the commitment in college athletics," she said. "The big difference between Division I, II and III in women's collegiate lacrosse is that Division I requires the student-athlete to make a year-round commitment. The year-round demands, and the consideration of being far from home, led to my decision to be in the Philadelphia region."
Last fall, after she watched Division II and III squads defeat top-ranked Division I teams at a national tournament at United Sports in Thorndale, her desire to stay close to home was cemented.
"That's where I realized it was not all about Division I when it came to measuring achievements in college lacrosse," she said.
Jones will look to make an impact on a young Philadelphia team that lost its first four games last season before winning 10 of 13 and taking the inaugural Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference title.
Jones will be a student at the School of Fashion Merchandising and may double-major in environmental sustainability. She hopes to do some volunteer work after college, perhaps joining the Peace Corps, but beyond that she's not sure what she would like to do.
But there's no need to worry. She's got a whole lot of time - and goals to score - until she needs to make that decision.