Ellen Monahan had an inkling as to what to expect this spring with the Columbus School for Girls lacrosse team.

The senior midfielder needed just 13 goals to break the program record for career goals and planned to hone her skills in preparation for playing at Boston University.

However, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic put an end to the Unicorns' season before it started, leaving Monahan to focus on her future with the Terriers.

"I have been playing lacrosse since I was in the first grade and competitively on club teams since I was in the fourth or fifth grade," said Monahan, a New Albany resident. "I was disappointed about losing the season, but playing in college has always been my ultimate goal. That's what I'm preparing for right now."

During Gov. Mike DeWine's stay-at-home orders, Monahan has been taking passes from her father, Kai, her mother, Kerry, and her older brother, Mason, and shooting into a goal in her backyard.

"My family has been helping me with drills, feeding me the ball to shoot at a goal we have," Monahan said. "They have been helping me with my footwork and different kinds of strength training.

"I have been doing different cardio activities in my basement and I have a bar in there that helps me do squats and other exercises that I would be doing with my trainer when that was open. It's nice to have the opportunity to isolate my training on speed and strength."

When Monahan stepped onto the field for CSG three years ago, she knew her role would be expanded from that of a typical freshman. She posted 46 goals and 12 assists that season and exploded for 84 goals and 28 assists as a sophomore in 2018.

Last spring, Monahan recorded 63 goals and 22 assists to finish her prep career with 193 goals and 62 assists. The program record for goals is 205, held by 2013 graduate Sophie Sugar.

"Making the transition as a freshman in high school wasn't bad because I felt like I could make a big impact," said Monahan, who also played four seasons of field hockey and three seasons of basketball for the Unicorns. "Lacrosse was my focus from the start, and I had to embrace a leadership role and it has since grown. That was always there.

"I had a unique experience because we don't have a j.v. (team) and (a) varsity team, we have one team. It's a close-knit group, and I knew that I could help from the start."

Samantha Arey, who took over as the Unicorns' coach prior to last season after serving as an assistant at New Albany, has been quite impressed with Monahan.

"Ellen is a well-rounded athlete, she's academically strong and dominates on the field," said Arey, whose team finished 8-9 last season. "We relied on her in practices and in games. She was a key player to help bring along the younger players and help them get the lacrosse IQ needed at the high-school level. She is just a great athlete to have around.

"She is a three-sport athlete, which helps her to not only stay in shape throughout the year, but helps her stay competitive. Field hockey is similar to lacrosse in a lot of ways and basketball is a physical sport that has a defense that translates well to lacrosse. She was able to utilize those skills and be able to lead as well. It helped her bring an out-of-the-box perspective to how (lacrosse) is played."

Monahan, who has a 3.9 GPA and plans to earn a business degree in organizational behavior at Boston, has been preparing her game for the next level but also has used the lockdown for some introspection.

"I have learned to set small goals for myself each day, and I have found out that it's not impossible to be away from people for a long time," she said. "I have done a lot of self-reflection. I have learned more about my friends and family and we have had conversations that have had more meaning. You have to make the most of the situation."

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