Player Profile: Amanda Alexandrowicz

By Paul Skow
March 10, 2010

The recent success of the Cabrini women’s lacrosse team can be partly attributed to one of its leading scorers, Amanda Alexandrowicz, senior midfielder.

Alexandrowicz is an exercise science and health promotion major, who has been involved with lacrosse since the fourth grade.  She played varsity lacrosse all four years for her local high school, Ridley High School, in Ridley, Pa.

Her playing caught the attention of  Jackie Neary, Cabrini women’s lacrosse head coach, who later recruited Alexandrowicz.

“I wasn’t going to college,” Alexandrowicz said in a phone interview. “If it wasn’t for her [Neary], I don’t think I’d be here.  She got me into college.”

The team won the Colonial State Athletic Conference championship last year.  After losing key defensive players, they are still determined to keep a winning pace.  “I think we can win the championship this year,” Alexandrowicz said.

Alexandrowicz was first team all-conference and second team all-region last year, as well as second team all-conference the previous year.

Given her proven track record of success, Alexandrowicz was voted captain this season, along with attack Jamie O’Hanlon, goalie Kate Schmid and defensive player Monica Souders.

“I was really excited and flattered,” Alexandrowicz said about being selected as captain.  “I want to make a good impression on the underclassmen and keep them motivated.”

Aside from the team captains, every player on the team is an important part of the team’s success.  “Our bench players are reliable; it’s not just the 11 starters and the goalie,” Alexandrowicz said.  “The coaching staff is awesome and I consider everyone on the team one of my really close friends.”

One of the players she mentioned was Erin Nollen.   Alexandrowicz said she was “really relieved” that Nollen will be able to play this year after suffering from a broken foot.  “We work well together and we help balance each other out.  When one of us is struggling, the other picks up the slack,” Alexandrowicz said.

Alexandrowicz works diligently at perfecting her lacrosse game and said she even found enjoyment in the practices the team held during winter. As the season begins, the team will be practicing six days a week.

“I’m going to miss the competitiveness and I’m going to try to continue playing after college,” Alexandrowicz said.

One of Alexandrowiczs’ favorite quotes is one by Nick Colleluori, a fellow Ridley High School alumnus who passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006 at the age of 21.  The HEADstrong foundation was founded on his behalf.  Colleluori said, “Make use of the time you have and don’t stress the little things,” something that Alexandrowicz follows closely.

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