By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/23/09
Recent Nazareth Academy graduate Angie Gasparo, who shined in goal for a small school, has signed a letter of intent to play at Division I Robert Morris University for 2009-10.
Gasparo enjoyed a stellar year despite playing for an inexperienced team that won just one game overall and went winless in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies. She frequently posted double-digit save totals, or even higher, and also attracted college interest by playing for the Ultimate Goal Lacrosse Club in the summer.
“When I did my visit it felt like home to me,” said Gasparo, who is undecided on a major but plans to study something in the sports field such as sports medicine or physical therapy. “When I got on campus I felt like part of the team already; the coaches were so helpful and it seemed like there is where I can be my best.”
Robert Morris is located slightly northwest of Pittsburgh. She will join several other recent Philly recruits for coach Katy Phillips, whose Colonials featured freshmen Courtney Sicinski (Downingtown West) and Megan Gieseler (Owen J. Roberts) in 2009.
“I roomed with Meg when I was out there and both she and Courtney were happy and wouldn’t change anything about their decision,” said Gasparo.
Gasparo admitted at times it was difficult playing for a team that struggled to win. She started as a freshman and was in goal when Nazareth defeated Cardinal Dougherty in 2006 for its first varsity win ever.
But she said she looked forward to the challenge of having to face a lot of shots and being an important part of a team that depended heavily on its goalie.
“Nazareth is really not known for lacrosse,” she said. “Many of the girls had never played when they got there because we don’t have a feeder program. Other teams had girls that were playing since they were in 3rd grade. But we work hard and I played hard to help the girls.”
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