Reporting by Kristen Berset, 9 Sports
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Cross sisters grew up playing lacrosse together in their backyard. Now that they are in high school, their love of the sport hasn't weakened. In fact, it has brought the sisters even closer together.
Senior attack Courtney, junior midfielder Ashley and freshman midfielder Shannon all played varsity lacrosse at Bishop O'Connell last season. They are standout players and helped carry the Knights to a successful 13-5 season.
The Crosses attribute their success to a touch of sibling rivalry and a sisterly connection that fuels their game and makes them better athletes.
"The twin telepathy actually exists. I always know where they are. It's kind of weird," said Courtney, who will be playing for Villanova in the fall.
Head coach Meghan O'Boyle saw the sisters' connect on the field all season.
"It's very evident to anyone who comes to watch our games that as soon as they hear the goals, it's usually 'assist by Ashley Cross, goal by Courtney Cross' or 'assist by Shannon Cross,'" said O'Boyle.
Ashley has one year left on O'Connell's squad. She has already committed to play lacrosse at Monmouth the following year.
Shannon is looking forward to carrying on her sisters' legacy and her coach is confident she's ready.
"They've been able to learn from each other's mistakes and successes on how to be a good athlete in this sport," said O'Boyle.
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