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Badgers' Lavelle hoping to leave a legacy

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Although she wears the No. 3, Rose Lavelle is actually the top-ranked soccer player in women's college soccer, according to 
As a junior, she led the Badgers in both team points and goals and played a crucial part in helping Wisconsin capture it's first Big Ten regular season championship since 1994.

"Coming here really helped me fulfill my dreams, and it's still helping me fulfill my dreams and accomplish my goals."

Her biggest dream was reached last December when she was called up to the USA women's national team roster.

"Get into the camp and you look to your left and right and see all these players that you've looked up to your whole life. It was a little bit of a wow factor."

Known as 'Sweet Baby Rose' with the national team, she will be far from babied as she heads into her final season as a Badger.

"Right now she's a leader," says head coach Paula Wilkins. "She's the focus. She's a vocal leader. The tempo of the team is based on her. I think her mindset has to be she's at one point going to have to carry this team, sometimes, and I think that's what makes a great player."

"I think it's something I haven't been used to, a lot of my teams I've just kinda been the goofy one that likes to dance and have fun," adds Lavelle. "But it's something that I've definitely embraced. I want to make sure the last time I walk off the field in a Wisconsin jersey, I just wanna leave with no regrets and feel that I left everything out there."     

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