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.
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.