By Michael Bower
Taylor Jervis has not even gone through her entire freshman year at Rancho Bernardo High School. But the girls lacrosse star has gone through more than many do by the time they graduate.
The speedy midfielder has drawn college interest, led the varsity team in scoring while she was on the field, tore her ACL, had surgery to repair the tear and nine days after that verbally committed to San Diego State.
“She is a rare freshman no doubt,” Rancho Bernardo girls lacrosse coach Jeff Carpenter said. “I think so far she has handled all of the expectations she had coming in and the adversity she has faced remarkably well.”
Jervis’ high school resume already sounds like that of a four-year career, but most of it happened over the course of three months.
There were many ups and downs, but in the end she was able to smile about being a future Aztec.
“I committed as a freshman because San Diego State was my No. 1 and I didn’t want to wait any longer,” said Jervis, who was offered the scholarship by SDSU coach Kylee White seven days after she tore her ACL. “I love their coaches and I like the kind of the players they recruit. I knew I didn’t want to go far away from home. Who would want to leave here?”
Jervis tore her ACL on March 22 during a game at Mission Hills High School. She was back pedaling and her right foot stuck into the ground, but her knee kept going and she fell straight to the turf.
“I tried to get back up and get off the field, but (Rancho Bernardo coach Jeff Carpenter) insisted on carrying me the rest of the way,” Jervis said. “I wasn’t in much pain and I didn’t think too much of it that night, but then I realized I couldn’t walk.”
Five days after the injury, Jervis went to get an MRI. Her mother, Michelle, would get the bad news first and had the tough task of passing it along. But she made sure to tell her daughter in a supportive setting.
“She told me in front of my teammates and I cried,” Jervis said. “The support of my teammates then gave me the thought that they will be there for me no matter what and I can’t do anything about it now. That first night was really hard for me, but then I turned the page and focused on getting better. I am glad my mom told me in front of my teammates because I don’t think I would have taken the news well if I was at home.”
Jervis had surgery on April 5 and knew she was going to accept the offer from San Diego State, but was waiting until she could tell coach White in person. She showed up at the Aztecs’ last home game on April 14 and gave her verbal commitment.
“It was exciting and in a way a relief,” said Jervis, who scored 15 goals before going down. “I don’t have to worry about trying to get back from this injury fast. I can take my time and make sure I am 100 percent before I get back out there.”
The vote of confidence White showed by offering the scholarship despite the torn ACL also lifted the spirits of Jervis and has motivated her to push through the pain that comes with the recovery process.
“It has helped me push through things that maybe if I wasn’t committed or that if the coaches didn’t show they cared I wouldn’t be doing,” Jervis said. “It just made me realize that she has faith in me and know I will get better and come back stronger.”
Jervis hopes to be back on the field by the fall, but says she certainly will be ready to go by next spring.