CdM won the game on the Sailors' home field, 10-5. Paladin, a midfielder, helped lead the way with three goals and an assist.
The Daily Pilot Female Athlete of the Week was strong late in the game for the Sea Kings. It didn't surprise Vislocky, the third-year coach who has really been focusing on conditioning with this year's team.
She called Paladin her "firecracker" type of player.
"If there is a turnover, she'll fight to the end to get it back," Vislocky said. "If there's a ground ball, she just fights for it. That energy and strength is contagious out on the field. If she's just diehard going for everything, it feeds off to the rest of the team and pumps them up."
Paladin has scored 14 goals in the team's five non-tournament games, all victories. She is an experienced lacrosse player, having started the sport in the seventh grade. Her friend, fellow senior Tess Castro, asked Paladin and other players like Rhyley Nese and Holly Robinson if they wanted to try the sport.
Paladin was game. She had grown up playing soccer, where she was also a midfielder, but she adapted quickly to lacrosse.
"We all picked up a stick," Paladin said. "We all sucked together, but then we all got better together. We all grew together and followed through in high school."
Paladin started playing lacrosse on the junior varsity, but by her sophomore year at CdM she was on varsity and contributing for the Sea Kings. She wants to keep playing in college, probably just club at either Colorado State or the University of Colorado at Boulder. She wants to focus on her studies, possibly becoming a veterinarian like her father, Ron.