So now the three-sport star is aiming to not only help Lakeland's basketball team earn that elusive county title, but also to help each of her teams win the "Triple Crown" — division, county and state titles. It's a lofty goal, but it's one Deighan ...
Chris Iseman , Staff Writer, @chrisiseman Published 7:13 p.m. ET July 15, 2017 | Updated 4:53 p.m. ET July 16, 2017
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Sarah Deighan enjoyed the type of year not many North Jersey athletes get to experience.
The rising senior helped lead three different Lakeland teams — soccer, basketball and lacrosse — to a Passaic County tournament final.
Deighan helped the Lancers win county championships in soccer and lacrosse.
She routinely delivered on big stages.
"It was fantastic," Deighan said. "I couldn’t imagine a better sports year. I just felt like all three of our teams just came together, realized we all had the common goal and we set out to achieve it, and for two of the three sports we did and we got pretty close for basketball."
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So now the three-sport star is aiming to not only help Lakeland's basketball team earn that elusive county title, but also to help each of her teams win the "Triple Crown" — division, county and state titles.
It's a lofty goal, but it's one Deighan and her teammates will have entering each season.
"Now we want to go farther because we know what it takes to win county finals," Deighan said. "But the thing is we feel like we could’ve gone further in states and we feel like we could’ve won conference if we just set out the goal to have the Triple Crown. So I know this year, in soccer especially, we’re trying to Triple Crown."
Deighan will play a pivotal role each season. She proved that this past year, delivering clutch performance after clutch performance.
The goalkeeper made six saves and earned a shutout to help the seventh-seeded Lancers defeat No. 5 West Milford, 3-0, in the girls soccer county final.
Then during basketball season, Deighan made three huge free throws with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to send No. 5 Lakeland to a 34-33 win over top-seeded Eastside in the county semifinals.
Deighan won another county title in the spring, making nine saves in net as top-seeded Lakeland defeated No. 2 Wayne Valley, 17-6. It was the Lancers' second straight county championship.
The pressure of each game never fazed her.
Deighan received a book from a Lakeland track coach toward the end of her sophomore year titled, Read This Book Tonight To Help You Win Tomorrow.
It provided a key source of success.
"It’s a short little book and it says, whenever you’re in stressful positions just laugh and you’ll feel better," Deighan said. "That happened in basketball, sitting on the foul line laughing. In county semifinals for DePaul when we went to PKs I was just laughing my head off."
So when the Lancers needed her to make all three foul shots in the county semifinals to beat Eastside, she knocked them down with ease.
Now Deighan's looking to build on that success as a senior while continuing to improve as an all-around player.
"I just have to be a dynamic player in all three sports," Deighan said. "Not just sticking to the same thing over and over again."
Her college plans aren't finalized yet, but the United States Naval Academy is a potential destination. She began considering the school last year and attended a camp there last month.
"It just seems like a great thing being a part of something bigger than myself," Deighan said. "I’d just love to be a part of it."
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