By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, posted 4/5/09
Perkiomen Valley senior midfielder Antonia Falcone has signed a letter of intent to play next year at Temple University.
Falcone, a second-team All-Pioneer Athletic Conference pick last year, said she was attracted by attending college in the city, where her older brother (Carmen, football at Villanova) and sister (Marla, lacrosse at La Salle) played sports.
“I always wanted to go to a city school and I love Philly,” she said. “My sister and brother both went to Philly schools and I like the fact there are always things to do there.
“I like that Temple has a lot of opportunities. There are a lot of fields I can go into; it’s very broad.”
Falcone is planning to major in education and become a special education teacher. She has worked several summers a as volunteer for the renowned Variety Club in nearby Worcester serves children with disabilities.
“I have been working there for the last five years and I love it,” said Falcone, who will join fellow Philly recruits Steph Parcell (Interboro), Kellee Pace (Chichester) and Charlotte Swavola (Cheltenham). “My sister had worked there and one summer my mom made me volunteer there.
“I love working with kids with disabilities. It’s one of those things where you realize that the littlest things have the greatest impact on each child. It takes something different for each child to have success and you are constantly working toward something.”
Falcone is working toward something positive at Perk Valley as well. The young Vikings have shown improvement and are 2-3 overall this year, 2-2 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.
“I would like to see us make it to PAC-10 finals,” she said. “Our team is really young; we graduated 11 seniors. But I think we’ll do well and we’re really picking it up.”