Junior Peyton Farley leading the attack for Hudson girls lacrosse
You would never know from watching her play or looking at her stats, but Hudson lacrosse’s Peyton Farley wasn’t always an aggressive player when it came to attacking.
Before games in 2019 as a freshman, coach Kyra Maludy said she used to make Farley let out a resounding “grrr” before she went on the field to get her more hyped up.
“I definitely matured really late,” Farley said. “Probably until my sophomore year I was really passive and didn't really know how to use my ability to my full potential. Definitely my sophomore year I matured a ton. It was late, but overall, it was just a maturity level thing and building my confidence up. The people around me really helped me build my confidence up and be more aggressive on the field.”
Now Farley, a junior, has matured enough over the last two years that no extra ramping up is required.
Through 11 games for the Explorers this season, she is leading Hudson’s attack with 47 goals. Coming into Tuesday night’s game against Kent Roosevelt, she also had recorded 14 assists and a team-best 56 shots on goal.
“She was definitely a bit more timid and trying to figure out her place on the team as a freshman,” Maludy said. “I think it's really been great being here as long as I have to see the girls grow up, and a girl like Peyton who has always had skill but seeing kind of how her character and presence on the field has developed. It's cool to see not just sheer skill change, but to see character development.”
Farley’s change in aggression was only a matter of time given her love of the sport and how long she’s been playing.
She first picked up a stick in first grade. Her parents signed her up for a myriad of sports, hoping something would stick to keep Farley busy and give her structure.
Lacrosse ended up being the only one she wanted to pursue, and even now she struggles to find the wording for why. It’s almost like she and the sport simply found one another.
“It was just the game in general,” Farley said. "It was so new to me, but it was so popular in my city. So I was like I'll just try it, and I liked the girls that played it, it was just everything about it that I liked.”
Farley knew she wanted to play in college, so dedicated herself fully to the sport, also playing club with Resolute Lacrosse out of Columbus during the high school offseason.
She also took her strategy to get noticed by colleges one step further, turning to social media.
In addition to emailing coaches, Farley posted highlight videos from her games to her Instagram account, which is dedicated to lacrosse content.
In fact, that’s how George Mason University became aware of Farley. She committed there in October, shortly after the NCAA recruiting quiet period ended.
Ultimately, Farley said she chose George Mason due to the connection she had with head coach Kara Mupo and her staff, as well as her love for the state of Virginia, where she has played in plenty of lacrosse tournaments over the years.
“It was early, but I knew it was just the right decision,” Farley said. “Just learning about their culture and what they're building as a team. The coaching staff was really important to the culture, location was a big plus since it's right near D.C. and it's in Virginia, which is my favorite state. So, it was really everything. I just knew. When you're going through that process you talk to so many coaches. I just knew right away.”
Maludy says in Farley, George Mason is getting someone who truly loves the game, as well as a player who brings a fluid and yet aggressive style of play onto the field.
“We have talked to our girls a lot this season about how you're always going to level up in life,” Maludy said. “And so she's taking that next step and will get that opportunity to really show where she can push her game, which will be really great as her former coach to see, kind of like the sky's the limit, where can she take her game further?”