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Feature: Freshman Starter

Name Sheila Serafino
Nickname None
College Boston College
Major Nursing
Height 5'4"
Number & why 33 (no reason)
Right / left L
Hometown Hamilton, MA
HS Hamilton-Wenham Regional HS
HSLAX recognition Cape Ann League All-Star four years (2004-2007); All-Cape Ann League (2005-2007); Team Captain in 2007; Goalie for the Lower New England Team at the Women's National Tournament in 2006; All-American honors (2007)
Years played lacrosse 10
Years played goalie 5
Any other positions Defense
Favorite food Pizza
Favorite band Guster
Favorite book A Tale of Two Cities
Favorite movie Sleepless in Seattle
Favorite quote Couldn’t think of one
Shaft / head combination used Brine Ignite/Eraser



Interview with Sheila Serafino (BC)

Anchoring the stingy Hamilton-Wenham defense to 8.5 GA per game, Sheila led her team to a 7-5 record her senior year on the way to All-American honors.  Now a freshman at Boston College, Sheila is working hard to make a bid for the starting spot on BC’s roster.  Her laid back mentality towards the position should serve her well as she makes the transition to the college game and sees faster and better placed shots.

We wish her the best as she strives to make an impact on Chestnut Hill.

How did you become a goalie and why do you enjoy playing this position?

I became a goalie out of the team’s necessity.  No one wanted to try it, so I stepped up and offered.  I really enjoy playing this position because I can see the whole field so I always know that is going on.  And of course, there is nothing better than stuffing the attacker!

Walk us through the recruiting process that brought you to your school?

I really liked BC when I visited, so I emailed Coach Bowen (Holden) and sent her my game tape.  I kept talking to Bowen and I committed by the end of July.  BC was one of my top choices.

What are some of your goals for lacrosse and life as you enter your first year of college?

For lacrosse, I would like to learn a lot and adjust to the pace of the collegiate game.  For life, I would like to have fun and get the most out of my classes.

What do you think the biggest difference between high school and college lacrosse will be?

The intensity level and the pace of the game

What special activities do you plan to do to gain an edge from a positional standpoint besides team lifting and running programs?

Playing a lot of wall ball!

How do you handle the mental aspect of the position?

Trying NOT to think of the mental aspect is the best thing to do.  You can’t over-think or over-analyze the game.  Sometimes, you have to rely on your natural ability.

What is the most difficult mental challenge in being a goalie?

Putting the last goal or play behind you.

Did you play any other sports or positions in high school that carried over to the lacrosse field?

I played soccer and I think that the team aspect relates, but I think that’s where it ends.  I used to play defense in lacrosse, so I think understanding that side of the field helped to transition to goalie.

Describe for our readers some of the techniques and styles you use when you play the position and any philosophies you have about the game. What makes you different from other goalies?

I try to cheat to my weak side and force as many strong side shots as possible.  I am a lefty, so I think that throws people off.

How have you been adjusting to life on campus and being away from home?

I love it here.  I love the campus!  I am not too far from home, so it’s not a big adjustment for me. 

Do you have any other hobbies or interests besides lacrosse that you’d like to share with us? 

What do you do for fun? Watching sports, shopping, listening to music and hanging out with friends

Who has been your greatest role model growing up?

My parents

Any advice for aspiring goalies?

Stick with it, even when it gets frustrating.  I think being a goalie is the most rewarding position on the field.


Thanks Sheila!



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