Oct. 25, 2013
By: Jonathan Schillace, Seminoles.com
The Seminoles had to replace a player in the top ten in points, goals and all time leader in assists. Jessica Price's throw in were a big factor to becoming the school's leader in assists.
But that convincing didn't take long.
"I remember when Megan was practicing her throw in and I can remember his face when he saw how far she could throw it," said Dagny Brynjarsdottir. "I'm almost [positive] she can throw it farther than Jess, which is crazy because Jess could throw it really far away."
"I think her throw ins are a little longer than Jessica Price's," says Kristin Grubka. "Jessica Price's, as you could see last year, it was a dangerous weapon and it's already proven to be a dangerous weapon this year."
The stats don't lie, Megan Campbell is just the third seminoles to have five assists in ACC play, first since 2008.
"She's come in here and launched the ball into a lot of dangerous situations for us and we've been able to score some directly off of it and some off of second chances," said Krikorian, "It's another attacking weapon we certainly want to use."
But it is hard to pinpoint where exactly this weapon came from.
"When I was playing with boys it sort of came out of no where," said Megan Campbell. "Everyone seemed to love it and we seemed to score goals off of it so I just kept doing it."
The key to a successful throw is picking one specific spot rather than an area.
"I think you got to focus on where you want to throw the ball," said Campbell. "Sometimes teams have tried to play against it and place a person in front of me and they try to put me off, but if you don't focus on them, they don't really do anything. If I try to aim for a spot I think the ball goes loose going between the six and the eighteen so if I focus on a person then I think I get more accuracy out of it."
But just being able to pinpoint a spot is not enough to do what Campbell is doing for the Seminoles.
"She must have some elastic muscles in her body that allow her to contort and fire the ball as she does," said Krikorian. "I don't know why it is that one kid can and one kid can't. When you look at the players that have that ability, their body types vary greatly."
But her throws do not. Campbell's teammates say her throw is very hard to defend and it is like a doubling the amount of corner kicks they get per game.