Freshman breaks into starting lineup

By Elizabeth Rowland
October 13, 2006

The season is barely a month old but the lady Cavaliers are already impressed with new freshman, Sara Trzuskowski. The elementary education and special education major comes to Cabrini from Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J. Trzuskowski is an up-and-coming star contributing at left wing, right midfield and right back, and has already scored one goal this season.

In high school she scored 24 goals in her 2005 season, the third highest scorer in the New Jersey. She played left-wing and her team was the second seed in their district. After a first-round 2-1 loss to seventh seeded Cinnaminson High School, Trzuskowski was not ready to end her field hockey career.

Excited for her season with the lady Cavs, Trzuskowski hopes she can help improve the Cavaliers, both on the field and on the sidelines.

“I feel like I can contribute a strong positive attitude and support to my teammates,” Trzskowski said. “I’ll play wherever I am needed, not only where I’m used to.”

Trzuskowski’s personal goals for the season are to improve all her skills as a player and eventually become a full-time starter with the team.

Jackie Neary, the women’s field hockey coach, says she brings to the team a “winning attitude and a hard work ethic.” Truzskowski has just started with the team but she has already exceeded Neary’s expectations.

“Sara has made a fast transition from high school to college both on and off the field,” Coach Neary said. “She is well-liked by her teammates and is adjusting well to college life.”

Trzuskowski says that the upperclassmen on the team really made her feel welcome. Playing field hockey really helped her in meeting new friends at Cabrini. She is also very happy with her coaching staff.

“I love Coach Jackie,” said Trzuskowski, “she is one of the most patient people ever and her attitude towards the team is unbelievable.”

Neary is very happy with her performance so far in the season.

“She puts the ball in the right place and works well with her teammates,” Neary said. Neary hopes that Trzuskowski will contribute to the team all four years of her college career.

“She is already breaking into the starting line,” Neary said. “She is playing at a higher level than I expected.”

Trzukowski is truly a Cavalier to watch this fall. One thing she is particularly excited for is to play Cabrini rival Eastern University for the first time.

“The girls always talk about beating Eastern,” Trzuskowski said, “so I’m excited to face that game.”

The team has high expectations for their season and with the excellent early play of Trzuskowski, the team has high expectations for her as well.

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