SJV’s faith-driven Lauricella back on national lacrosse stage this summer
FROM THE MONITOR
By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor
Alexis Lauricella’s faith is like sheer poetry – for those who like poems that rhyme.
“I do believe that God has a plan for everyone,” the St. John Vianney rising junior said. “It’s our job to do our best, and let God do the rest.”
Lauricella’s best, combined with the spiritual help she receives, has created quite an impressive student-athlete. The Morganville resident recently completed her third straight year playing for the New Jersey team in the U.S. National Tournament, and for the second straight year she was one of 10 players nominated for the event’s Most Valuable Player.
Lauricella began getting college inquiries in seventh grade, but for more than just her lacrosse skills. She has a 4.34 grade point average; is in the Columbia University Pre-College Program for High Achieving Students; is a Duke University TIP Gifted & Talented Member, and is a lifetime member of Mensa (98th percentile IQ). She has already given a verbal commitment to Yale University.
It’s pretty impressive when such a standout student has equally strong lacrosse talents, but that’s all a result of the hard work Lauricella has put in since starting the sport in fourth grade. She apparently had natural talent right from the start.
“I’ve always had a knack for using a lacrosse stick,” Lauricella said. “It came naturally to me and I picked up different techniques over the years from my coaches. When I was playing in a local tournament the top travel team in the country noticed me playing and invited me onto their team. It sounded like fun so I gave it a try and didn’t look back.”
That’s an understatement.
As an SJV freshman, Lauricella collected 76 goals and 11 assists, and as a sophomore she tallied 75 goals and 12 assists. This past spring she scored 13 goals in three state tournament games, including eight goals on nine shots in the state opener against Parsippany. Alexis is a four-time Under Armour All-American, a Long Island All-American, Brine All-American, and Warrior Lacrosse All-American.
On June 29 she will play for the New Jersey Girls–Highlight team in the Under Armour All-America Underclassmen Tournament, in which Red Bank Catholic’s Reilly Traynor is a teammate. (RBC’s Molly Malone is playing for the NJ Command). Lauricella will look at it as a fun, learning experience.
“It is always exciting to play against the top players in the country, it certainly brings out the best in me,” she said. “I’m always looking to gather ideas from other lacrosse players and incorporate them into my game.”
As usual, she will be playing up front on attack, where she has combined great speed and a tireless work ethic to excel.
“My goal scoring is what people see, but what they don’t see is the countless hours of practice I put in,” Lauricella said. “I try to practice so hard, that the games are fun and easy compared to my practice.”
As for what skills make Alexis a dangerous scorer, she noted, “All of the college coaches that offered me scholarships have pointed to my stick skills coupled with my ability to dodge and score. I’m very flexible and will alter my play to support the coach and team.”
That team will remain SJV for two more years, and Lauricella will continue to look to God while she is a Lancer.
“We stress the commitment to the values taught by the Gospel,” she said. “And the school provides many opportunities to practice faith in all aspects of life.”