Checking in with ... Alexis DeLucia (Montville)
(Editor's note: The Day will be publishing a profile of a spring athlete for each day the high school athletic season is suspended.)
School: Montville High School
Sport: Girls' lacrosse
College choice: Southern New Hampshire University
Chosen major: Sports marketing or psychology
Favorite sport besides lacrosse: Soccer
Athlete you grew up admiring: Alyssa Turchetta, Montville High School Class of 2017. Alyssa was the senior captain of the lacrosse team my freshman year of high school. She is my role model for how a team captain should act and how they should treat others.
Checking in with Alexis: "It was extremely important to me that I play a different sport each season (soccer, basketball and lacrosse). For me, sports are an outlet for my frustrations and anxiety and, as a huge bonus, I get to be on teams with my friends."
What you need to know about Alexis: DeLucia's first lacrosse memory comes from when she was 8, playing youth lacrosse in East Lyme. It was cold and rainy and she hadn't been in the game yet. "My mom kept texting my coach, Dr. Jeff Kozlowski, bugging him to put me in the game so she could watch me play and then go back to the car to warm up," DeLucia said. "I finally got to play during the second half of the game and I quickly scored four goals. Dr. Jeff made me a starter after that." She will continue her lacrosse career at Southern New Hampshire. "The campus is beautiful, the professors are caring and approachable and I bonded immediately with coach (Kathryn) Beall and the team," DeLucia said. DeLucia earned first team All-ECC Division III and Class S all-state honors last year, as well as a spot on The Day's All-Area team as the Indians won the ECC Division III title and earned the top seed for the league tournament. She lists a 12-11 overtime victory over Griswold last year in which she scored the game-winning goal as the best moment of her career. "It was a back-and-forth game, with Montville down toward the end of the second half," said DeLucia, who scored six goals in the game. "We managed to tie the game and proceeded to win in overtime. Our entire team rushed the field to celebrate!" She credits lacrosse coach Kristin Ventresca who "saw something special in me and encouraged me to try out for a premier lacrosse team, the CT Dodgers" and would like to give a shout-out to teachers Bridget Buckley and Heather Mathieu for the tremendous impact they've had on her life.
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