Pasquariello continues family tradition of playing lacrosse

By Robert Riches
March 26, 2012

 

Chrissy Pasquariello is a junior attack/midfielder on the women's lacrosse team. -- Jenay Smith / Photo Editor

Chrissy Pasquariello, junior attack/midfielder on the women’s lacrosse team, is regarded as a scrappy leader on and off the field.

The 5-foot-1 Pasquariello, from Gladwyne, Pa.,  picked up a lacrosse stick in first grade, following in the footsteps of many family members before her.

“My dad played at Drexel, my aunt played at Delaware, another aunt played at Penn and I’ve been playing since first grade,” Pasquariello said. “It’s just been a family sport.”

Since stepping onto the Edith Robb Dixon Field as a freshman, Pasquariello has grown into a formidable player with the team and truly holds them in high regard. Her teammates and coaches have provided her with a great playing experience.

“[Playing at Cabrini] is a great experience, this team is my family and the coaches are like role models to me,” Pasquariello said. “[My teammates] probably describe me as having a good personality and a hard worker on the field but that’s just a guess.”

Pasquariello enjoys the opportunity to play with her teammates and they enjoy the opportunity to play alongside her as well.

“She’s always keeping the team’s spirits high, always working hard and never giving up,” Samantha LaMaina, sophomore defender, said. “She’s a great person to play with. I love to have her on the team.”

In addition to teammates, Pasquariello’s coaches hold her in high regard as well. Assistant coach Julie Smith, in her eighth year coaching the Lady Cavs, has had the opportunity to coach Pasquariello for the past few seasons.

“I will never question her love of the game because it’s so obvious in her play,” Smith said. “She is doing a great job by leading her play by running the ball around on offense.”

Pasquariello also enjoys her coaching staff as well. She enjoys the opportunity to play under head coach Jackie Neary, who is now in her 16th season coaching the team.

“She’ll do anything for any of us, I just cannot say enough good things about her,” Pasquariello said. “There’s no coach like her that I’ve ever had.”

Last season, the Lady Cavs went 6-2 against Colonial States Athletic Conference opponents in the regular season. However, they fell short against the Gwynedd-Mercy College Griffins in the semifinal round of the CSAC Tournament in a 14-12 loss.

Pasquariello was a sophomore catalyst on last season’s team. In 17 games played, she accumulated 40 points, good enough for third-most on the team. Her 29 goals were also the third-most and her 11 assists were sufficient enough for fourth-most. While mostly an offensive player, Pasquariello was not just a one-dimensional player, as she caused nine turnovers. These nine caused turnovers put her in a tie with sophomore attack Kellie Manoppello for sixth-highest on the team.

It’s very difficult to consistently do the same activity since first grade but Pasquariello’s passion and dedication to the game has led her to be an exception and her experience with the sport has provided her with a lifetime of memories, most notably from her freshman year.

“My freshman year, winning the CSAC Championship,” Pasquariello said when asked about her favorite memory. “The atmosphere of the team, fans and the school were just incredible.”

Pasquariello hopes to continue lacrosse in the future, by playing out the rest of her tenure at Cabrini and even coaching beyond that. She has a few seasons left to hopefully earn another CSAC title.

“I’d hopefully like to coach a team, not sure where or what level but I’d love to bring my knowledge to younger kids,” Pasquariello said.

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