This honor is awarded by New Wave Lacrosse to players that display incredible athleticism, outstanding academic achievement, stand up sportsmanship, and leadership both on and off the field. It is essentially our Club MVP - only one is given out per Club Season and it is the highest honor achievable in the New Wave Girl's Lacrosse Club.
2018 FALL/WINTER ONE-HEART AWARD RECIPIENT
Naperville Central High School
Playing in college or aspire to play in college?:
I plan to play lacrosse in college but I have yet to commit as I am still in the decision process.
Has anyone or anything inspired you during your lacrosse career?:
I have had so many great teammates and coaches throughout my years but one coach has left an unforgettable everlasting impact on my life. Coach Kaitlyn Liccion has helped me grow more confident in myself as a player and consistently believed in me from the beginning without her support I wouldn't be the player and person that I am today. I am forever thankful to all of my teammates and coaches for all that they have done to shape me into who I am.
Why do you play lacrosse?:
Lacrosse is an escape from reality. Once I step onto that field everything happening in my life fades to the background. My mind goes completely blank of anything except the game. Lacrosse has allowed me to come out of my shell and meet amazing people that I otherwise wouldn't have.
What do you do when you're not playing?:
When I’m not playing I love to hang out with my friends and frequently volunteer in the special needs community.
Best teammate you have and why?:
Throughout my time playing lacrosse I have learned a lot not only about the game but about myself as a person. I believe that each and every teammate I have had has shaped me into the person and athlete that I am today and I couldn’t be more thankful.
What lessons has playing lacrosse taught you as an athlete and a person?:
Perseverance, a lot of things will try to knock you down in life but how you respond to those setbacks shapes your future. Confidence, in myself as a person and as an athlete.
What player do you try to emulate and why?:
The players around me inspire me everyday. Each of my teammates is unique and from each of them I have learned something new. They teach me to be selfless, caring, and that as a team anything is possible when you play with one heart.
List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:
4 Year Varsity starter for Naperville Central
Defensive MVP with New Wave (2017-18 season)
2018 Indian Prairie Showdown All- Tournament team
How long have you been playing and why did you start playing lacrosse?:
I started playing lacrosse 6 years ago when I was in middle school. I learned about lacrosse through a clinic brought to my middle school, they visited the other gym classes but never came to mine. I asked one of the other gym teachers for the fliers that the clinic director had been handing out about a clinic to teach the game to beginners. I attended the clinic and fell in love with the sport from the second I picked up the stick.
Position: Goalie High School: Metea Valley Playing in college or aspire to play in college?: Playing at North Central College this fall Has anyone or anything inspired you during your lacrosse career?: My own self motivation to be the best at lacrosse. Why do you play lacrosse?: I play because I love being around my teammates and coaches. To me, they are family. What do you do when you're not playing?: When I am not playing lacrosse, my schedule is still pretty full. I help with the Special Olympics programs at my high school. That includes participating in sports such as soccer and basketball as a unified partner. Playing the flute in concert band. And homework. Lots of homework. Best teammate you have and why?: Lina Zochowski She pushes me every day to be a better goalie and teammate. I would not where I am today without her friendship and guidance. What lessons has playing lacrosse taught you as an athlete and a person?: That it is OK to take time out of your day and do something that personally interests you. It has also taught me better time management. What player do you try to emulate and why?: I really don't have a player I emulate. List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:
Indian Prairie Scholar
HS Team MVP (junior)
HS Captain (junior/senior)
HS All Conference (junior/sophomore)
New Wave Eclipse Defensive MVP (Fall/Winter 2016/17)
How long have you been playing and why did you start playing lacrosse?: I have been playing since the spring of 5th grade. So nearly 7 years. I started playing because lacrosse it was a new and unknown sport in this area and I figured I would give it a try. Someone strapped a goalie helmet and some pads on me right away, and I have been in the crease ever since.
Marist High School
I love the game of lacrosse and would love to continue to play but I need to find a school that strikes the right balance between academics and athletics.
My brother Bryan really inspired me throughout my lacrosse career. My brother played lacrosse in high school and eventually joined New Wave. He would talk about how much new wave has helped him to be a better player which I saw from watching him play and the great opportunities he had. After seeing him play at New Wave he inspired me to play club in order to get better at the sport I love and New Wave was the place for that.
I play lacrosse because it is simply an amazing sport. The speed, skill, and strength it takes to play is such hard work but worth it. There are always new challenges and ways for me to improve that allow me to push myself to be the best I can be.
When I'm not playing lacrosse and training for lacrosse I like to volunteer for service projects at my school such as Relay for Life or Senior Citizen prom. Also I like to run cross country and run track for the winter season.
I don't really think that there is ever one type of teammate that is the best because every person on the team plays an important role every part of the game. Although I must say the goalies do have an insanely tough job in games.
Lacrosse has taught me so many lessons such as, how a strong work ethic really makes a difference, trusting yourself and others will bring opportunities for success, and that you can't change the past but you can work hard and be better for the future.
Although I don't follow a certain player I try to emulate role models around me such as coaches, family members, and teachers who have strong work ethics and are constantly trying to improve themselves.
My favorite thing about New Wave is all the people I've meet. Coming out to Naperville from south side Chicago is can be a long drive but the people I've met make it worth it. My coaches have helped me so much to improve and help take my playing to the next level. Also my teammates are amazing. I feel like I've made some great friends who I would've never meet without New Wave. I'm truly grateful for all the opportunities New Wave has given me.
MVP of Marist Lacrosse
ESCC all conference
Lead my high school team in goals, assists, draw controls, and ground ball controls
Team MVP of Mercury for the 2016-17 fall season
Buffalo Wild Wings athlete of the month
Midfield MVP of Eclipse for the summer season 2017
NHS member and president of FNHS
I started to play lacrosse in 7th grade with IGLA. I originally began lacrosse because I thought like in boys lacrosse you could wack people with your stick. However, that wasn't the case and I fell in love with the sport anyways.