Denver Pioneers scorer Molly Little has had more than one New England migration.
The Tiverton, Rhode Island native originally headed north to Vermont to begin her collegiate career, but a year later, has found herself outside the region in Colorado. Little, a sophomore now, even played prep in Massachusetts at Tabor Academy.
Her travels have her now settled in the best situation possible, in the Rocky mountains.
“I loved it at Vermont,” she said. “Sarah Dalton as a coach, I learned a lot from her. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t exactly the right fit, and I knew I wanted to be at a place I wanted to be the most happy. You only get four years, and I wanted to make the best of that. It turned out Denver was the best fit.”
The midfielder has blossomed out west, with seven goals and one assist on pace to shatter her freshman year totals at Vermont.
With two game-winning goals as well, Little has embraced her role on a loaded Pioneers roster.
With the Catamounts, Little was named America East All-Rookie Team and showed plenty of promise. Before playing for the Catamounts, she was named to the New England Under Armour Underclass team.
Little’s mother played for Southern Maine in college, prompting Little’s lacrosse roots came from. Growing up, there weren’t many options of where to play, but having that experience behind her helped.
The Rhode Islander grew up looking for her home in lacrosse, and it’s taken until her second year of college to find the perfect fit.
“I had a stick in my hand since I was little,” said Little. “I played for town leagues and club leagues and middle school. It’s not as big as it is in Massachusetts and Connecticut, so in high school that’s when I realized I wanted to move on and push that level of skill and have the best opportunity to play at the next level.”
Despite how long it took, she wouldn’t have it any other way but where she ended up in Denver.
“I love being out here,” she said. “Lacrosse is huge out here. It’s really fun to be a part of something like that on the west. It’s really starting to vamp up, kids show up to our games and show so much interest in lacrosse. It’s really exciting to be a part of.”