Molly O’Brien, a senior co-captain of the Rye girls’ lacrosse team, was selected as the Lions Club Athlete of the Month for April.
The starting attacker and midfielder has long been a force for the Garnets. In her final regular season game, O’Brien tallied a stunning 10 goals, bringing her career total to 198. In 2009, she was named All-League, All-Section, All-American Honorable Mention and Academic All-American. She was also on the Lower Hudson Valley National Tournament team last year, and was a past member of the Connecticut Futures select team.
“I was extremely excited when Coach Z told me she had nominated me for the Lions Club Athlete of the Month, and that i had won it,” said O’Brien. “To me it’s a great honor to win any sort of award when it comes to athletics, so the Lions Club award came as not only a surprise when I won, but also a great achievement.”
O’Brien is a standout in the classroom as well, having taken a number of Advanced Placement courses including Statistics, Macroeconomics, Psychology, Environmental Science, and U.S. History.
She has been a member of the Rye School of Dance for the past 13 years, performing in two annual dances while studying modern dance twice a week. O’Brien was part of the RSOD performing group that traveled to community centers and nursing homes to perform for the elderly and underprivileged.
The senior participates in several after-school clubs, such as S.U.S.T.A.I.N. (Students Undertaking Service to Aid Those In Need), the Breast Cancer Awareness Club and the My Soldier Club. Since 2000 O’Brien has also been involved with P.O.T.S. (Part of the Solution), where she collects, delivers and serves meals to the homeless in the Bronx for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
In past summers, O’Brien has worked as a babysitter and waitress at Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Ireland, as well as for the WARD Institute through the Rye Presbyterian Church, where she taught underprivileged children to write and read. O’Brien has also worked for IMPACT – an ecumenical group that performs acts of service for community – for the past four years. With IMPACT she has taken part in a weeklong trip to Texas for Habitat for Humanity, built homes, served food at soup kitchens, collected and delivered food for underprivileged families and organized activities for children in impoverished areas.
O’Brien will head to Columbia University in late August, where she will continue her lacrosse career. She isn’t sure yet as to what she would like to study, but plans to try and make it to the film school and major in film studies.