Sophomore finance major Elissa Salantri is continuing her career here at Cabrini in her second year on the Lady Cavaliers field hockey team.
Salantri started young, playing her first year during elementary school for the Doylestown Athletic League. She perfected her skills as a player during junior high for Newton Junior High School, and for her high school team at Council Rock North. As a younger player, she got experience in all positions on the field, but since junior high she has held the position of goalie.
Salantri has had many accomplishments throughout her career. In her junior year of high school her team went to states against Wyoming Valley. Her senior year, her team won the second team all-league award, and was recognized as the Bucks Country Courier Times golden team. Joining the Cabrini team was hard work for Salantri with practices about five days a week for 1 1/2 hours, but she says it is well worth the effort. Salantri is now starting goalie for the Lady Cavs, after awaiting her turn last year as a freshman.
The team is currently 2-0 in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, and recently on Sept.11 the team played Immaculata, coming out with a victory of 2-1 after being tied most of the game.
Salantri believes that the best part of being a part of field hockey is, “When you’re in the game situation, and everyone is on the edge of their seats, and I come with a big save.”
With about 19 players on the team, Salantri says she believes they are a tight knit group. She also raves about her coach, Jackie Neary, saying, “She has great intuition about placing players on the field. We love her- she’s a very intelligent and dedicated woman.”
Salantri hopes to gain a couple of shut outs this season. By the end of it, she says it becomes more stressful with the workload of school and the practices, but she would love to be PAC title and finish on top.