Framingham State's Mallory Fredericks has done more in her 20 years than most can say they have in an entire lifetime. She has moved eight times and attended 12 different schools. She made the US National Luge team when she was 10. She volunteers with Stand Alone Marines project and Alzheimer's Association. If you ask her though, there is still so much more she has planned.
Fredericks, a sophomore from Bluffton, S.C., is a midfielder for the Framingham State women's lacrosse team. It was the chance to play college women's lacrosse and achieve her academic goals that led her to the campus outside of Boston.
She is currently studying global studies with the hopes of joining the Peace Corp following graduation. It isn't a surprise to those who know her that she wants to get into this field as her siblings are all members of the Marines. After the Peace Corp, she wants to get involved with international non-profit work.
Volunteering is a very important part of Fredericks' life outside of school and athletics. She volunteers with Stand Alone Marine Project which ensures that whenever a Marine graduates, they will have someone there to congratulate them and thank them for their service. She also raises money for the Alzheimer's Association through running various road races. AA is a cause close to her heart as her great-grandmother and grandmother were both affected by it. Most recently, she began volunteering in Bluffton with the Boys and Girls Club because she believes change starts with youth.
Although women's lacrosse is where she found her passion, it wasn't the first sport that Fredericks competed in at a high level. While living in Lake Placid, NY, her mom saw an ad in the paper about a free luge clinic. Her mom signed up without knowing exactly what it was, but it didn't take long for Fredericks to stand out. She immediately earned a spot on the team at age 10 and competed for four years with the team. She trained alongside the Jamaican bobsled team, U.S. Men's Hockey team and other international athletes. An injury forced her to leave luge behind, but it instilled a competitive nature in her that still pushes her today.
Playing in her second season for the Rams, Fredericks has tallied four points on two goals and two assists, including a goal in the conference win over MCLA on April 9. She has also collected 30 draw controls and 17 ground balls to help the squad to a 2-0 record so far in conference play.
Despite moving due to her father's job with the prison system, Fredericks credits her parents with supporting her no matter what they do. Although they can't attend her games, her dad always watched the web stream to see how the team is doing. If she could have lunch with any family member though, it would be her brother who is currently deployed overseas.
Being a Division III student-athlete has meant a lot to Fredericks, but at the end of the day being surrounded by fellow 20-something women who share the same passion has made all the wins, losses and long practices worth it.