Lizotte Heats Up Ice in Summer
MIDDLETON -- Erika Lizotte is fueled by a limitless supply of energy while wheeling through center ice.
Lawrence Academy’s swift-skating defenseman effortlessly maneuvers through traffic, puck glued to her stick, looking to make a play. The Littleton resident relies on her mobility, stickhandling and endurance to provide production from the point. This multi-talented rising senior generated plenty of offense for Lawrence Academy last season, finishing with 20 points (five goals).
Lizotte is a puck-moving blueliner who can control a game with her strong outlet passing abilities, which often lead to scoring chances. She is equally dominant at frustrating opposing puckhandlers with her speed and hockey IQ.
“She’s an athlete,” said Lawrence Academy coach Kevin Potter. “She’s very skilled. She’s very competitive. She doesn’t like to lose. She possesses all the things a coach likes to see in a player.
“She can really skate and get up the ice. She can move the puck. She sees the ice very well. As a defenseman, she likes to jump into the play and make a rush. She’s very, very quick up ice. She has a good shot. She’s also very good position-wise (on defense). She’s just a strong all-around player.”
The many facets of Lizotte’s game were on display while playing for the Eastern team (2-1-1) at Hockey Night in Boston’s 24th annual Girls Summer Showcase, a top-flight tournament held last week at Essex Sports Center and consisting of high school players from over 20 states.
Potter, who also serves as Lawrence Academy’s athletic director, coached the Eastern squad.
“She’s been playing real well,” said Potter. “Our defense has been strong, and she’s been a big part of that. College coaches are here watching. Any time you get yourself in front of coaches, and play well, it definitely helps.”
Lizotte is quick to the puck when it comes to clearing the zone. She kills penalties and is used on the power play. Her freshman year at Lawrence Academy she played forward and had a strong season.
“As a defenseman, I can see the whole ice,” said Lizotte. “I can see what needs to be done. So I know what to do.
“I definitely rely on my skating. I like to skate with the puck when I can. If I have a lane, I’ll jump up in the play. I’m looking to make things happen. I like to be a playmaker. But I also take pride in doing the job on defense. I work at being a two-way player.”
Lizotte is a student-athlete for all seasons at Lawrence Academy. She plays volleyball in the fall, and is a standout on the lacrosse team in the spring.
“I’ve had a great experience (at Lawrence Academy),” said Lizotte, who will be a co-captain in hockey this winter. “I love it there, especially the sports. The competition is great. It’s a more challenging level to play at.”
She comes from an athletic family. Lizotte’s father, David, is a former hockey player and had a big role in teaching her to skate and developing her hockey skills. Her older brother, Greg, played hockey and lacrosse at Littleton High. Lizotte’s mother, Jean, played field hockey.
“I learned to skate when I was 3 years old,” said Lizotte. “My dad taught me. My dad got me and my brother into loving the game.”
It’s a passion that’s never waned.
“I just love playing,” said Lizotte. “It’s so exciting and fun to make plays and help the team.”
Lizotte hopes to lead Lawrence Academy to a playoff berth this upcoming season.
“She’s an awesome kid,” said Potter. “She’s a good student. She goes about her business the right way. She’s a good leader. She wants to play college hockey. And she will. She’s very talented.”
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