In 2019 the triangle lax community has two players playing in Championship Sunday, Jordan Lappin (Boston College/Cardinal Gibbons) and Tommy DeLuca (Cabrini/Apex). Below is a quick profile of each player's season and a brief Q&A with DeLuca.
Jordan has had a fantastic Sophomore campaign, starting at attack in all 22 games Boston College has played. This season, on a team filled with prolific scorers, Jordan has made her mark as well scoring 22 goals and notching 7 assists. She has also corralled 22 ground balls and forces 4 turnovers. Jordan's 2019 season is highlighted by a hat trick performance against ACC foe Louisville.
Tommy has had a stellar Junior season for Cabrini. Tommy was named Atlantic East Defender of the week three times, First team all-conference and defensive player of the year, and finally the NCAA D-III 2nd team all-america nod! Tommy terrorized opposing players causing 60 turnovers and scooping up 77 ground balls. Most impressive may be the fact that DeLuca only had TWO penalties all year long. Tommy also chipped in 3 goals and two assists on the offensive end of the field.
We had a chance to ask Tommy a few questions about championship weekend, and this is what he had to say:
You've had a very impressive season winning multiple players of the week and an all conference nod. What's been the difference this year that has allowed you to excel?
Surrounding myself with six unbelievable guys on the field (including goalie) has allowed me to play so much more relaxed and confidently. Our biggest point of emphasis on defense is communication and trust. Hearing my guys behind me and trusting that they’ll be exactly where they’re supposed to be just let’s me do what I know I can do because they’ll have my back if anything goes wrong.
What are you most excited about for championship weekend?
Hard to say what I’m most excited about this weekend. Aside from the obvious answer being the actual game, the entire thing is pretty exciting. Between the amount of fans attending and the events the NCAA has planned for us, this is really a week I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
What is something you'd tell a high school senior about college lacrosse?
Something I’d tell a high school senior about college lacrosse would be that there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. Playing in a national championship is amazing, but no one other than the guys on the team are there for the countless six AM workouts, lifting everyday, the study hall and film sessions, or the feeling your body has after a full week of that. It’s incredibly hard and there are many times you ask yourself if it’s worth it, but try to stick it out because when the spring rolls around and you’re out on that field winning games with your teammates, it’s hard to find a better feeling.
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