The Future is Bright for EL’s Gracie Lloyd

Lloyd plays against NFA on Oct. 12, 2022 in EL.



Starting young allowed Lloyd to prove herself as a sophomore

With up to three goals per game, Gracie Lloyd has shown her efforts on the field are top notch. Starting her freshman year strong as a varsity athlete, she exceeded her coach’s expectations by winning MVP both years, and this year adding an ECC title also.

“She always asked questions to grow stronger as a player. Gracie plays with heart and it shows her dedication. Playing before high school helped her gain stick skills as well as knowledge of the game,” coach Julie Horner said. Lloyd participated in a youth clinic up until high school which was run by her mom and Ms. Horner.

“I was really grateful that my coach was able to push for that (the ECC award) because I’m a sophomore. There were a lot of upperclassmen that definitely had the potential to get it and the ECC is really strong this year,” Lloyd said.

This season, she was awarded first team midfield and second team midfield for Hear the Cheer, a field hockey club that Lloyd participates in during the off season.

“Gracie is a consistent and reliable player. She has more heart and drive than just about anyone I know. She is an amazing teammate and person,” senior Kylee Johnston said.

Although freshman year started with the intimidating aspect of being with mostly upperclassmen, Lloyd was quickly able to acclimate and feel like part of the team.

“I didn’t feel like I had to prove myself this year, unlike last year because the parents and players know I can do it,”
Lloyd said.