By Bridget Letukas
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/27/11
When Ohio State junior co-captain Gabby Capuzzi looks into the future, her vision is clear.
For one, the self-described “lacrosse junkie” would love to have a shot as a sports broadcaster in the mix of things on the court or field.
“I want to be right there at the scene,” said the Archbishop Carroll alum, named the Phillylacrosse.com Collegiate Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
Indeed, Capuzzi has already garnered some on-air time as part of her student internship at Ohio News Network, a CBS affiliate. As part of her training, the Broomall native conducted a television interview and has begun to build her career portfolio.
But, according to Capuzzi, her future holds other plans as well, including hopes to coach at the collegiate level upon graduation. Capuzzi already coaches for the Phantastix club team in the summer.
Capuzzi – who has 15 goals this year for the Buckeyes – is quick to point to a long list of mentors who influenced her from the earliest days.
“I played soccer and basketball and lacrosse for so long, and I have so many great coaches that have inspired me,” she said. “I have taken something from each of them.”
The latest inspirational force in Capuzzi’s life is first-year Ohio State Head Coach Alexis Venechanos, who spent four years at the helm of Massachusetts and three years as an assistant at Northwestern. According to Capuzzi, the Buckeye squad (5-4 overall) has responded strongly to the new leadership.
“Our team is very excited,” she said. “We love our new coaches. It’s a fresh start.”
So excited are Capuzzi and her teammates, in fact, that they took their enthusiasm to the field in a 13-8 upset of No. #11 ranked Notre Dame – and haven’t looked back since.
“That was a big statement,” she said. “Up until then, we were up and down.”
Capuzzi is confident that her team is capable of winning the coveted conference title, and she attributes much of the faith in her teammates to a “bond that carries on and off the field.”
Some of that sharing includes a university-wide effort that sends its athletes – with books in tow – into the inner city classrooms, where Capuzzi and her teammates read to small groups of students and encourage them to pursue success in school.
“The kids are just adorable,” she said. “It touches your heart.”
Capuzzi also represents OSU on a Big Ten student advisory committee and helps organize lacrosse players for the 2nd & 7 Foundation, a reading program founded by former OSU football players.
Between school, service, and a mission to bring home a conference crown, Capuzzi keeps busy, finding little room for downtime during her fast-paced schedule.
Still, she reminds herself to not take it all for granted.
“It’s a great opportunity to play for one of the best universities and to put on the Ohio State jersey,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity and a feeling I would wish for anybody.”