Scottie Einarson is dominating Massachusetts high school lacrosse as arguably the top goalie in the state, and his Billerica Memorial High School team is reaping the benefits.
The junior has mastered his craft and finds the daily grind easy, but everyone close to him knows that he won his biggest battle before he even picked up a stick.
“The reason he started playing goalie was because he was diagnosed with leukemia before he turned four,” Scott Einarson, his father and Billerica assistant coach, said. “The medicine affected the cartilage in his feet, and he couldn’t run. We threw him in net as a result, and he liked it.”
The leukemia diagnosis resulted in a two-year treatment process at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic, and it taught Scottie lessons no kid should ever learn. Now, more than 10 years in remission, the determined student-athlete attacks every opportunity relentlessly.