Cassie Angeles

What are you thinking of majoring in, in college?

I will major in Business Administration with emphasis in either Management or economics at Longwood University

What are you looking forward to most playing about college lacrosse?

I’m looking forward to playing with and against the best lacrosse players in both Big South Conference and in the country.

What will you miss most about Tenacity Texas / BearLax?

I will really miss my BearLax 2015 Blue teammates the most. I consider them my best friends. I hope to see them every summer at BearLax summer camps.

What is a must have item you will be bringing with you to college?

It has to be my complete ice hockey gear. Hopefully, I can find an ice rink where I can skate once in a while.

Who is your biggest influence in Houston / Bay?

Coach Ann Weitz — she coached me at U13 & U15… She developed my interest in playing lacrosse.

What is one piece of advice you would give players to handle pressure as a student athlete?

To be organized both in school and athletics — Complete all your assignments on time, study in advance to avoid being too stressed.

What is a piece of advice you could give to underclassmen for setting goals and implementing a game plan for becoming good at things?

Set a goal and work as hard as you can to reach that goal. Don’t let anybody tell you or make you feel that your goal is impossible…..

What does ” Tenacity ” mean to you?

For me, ” Tenacity ” means playing with grit, not giving up no matter what the score is… you push yourself to the absolute limits…

Mary Hildeburn

What are you thinking of majoring in, in college?

Industrial Technology in the Business School

What are you looking forward to most playing about college lacrosse?

Hopefully having more of a fan base than just parents … realistically I doubt that though.

What will you miss most about Tenacity Texas/BearLax?

As cliche as it sounds, they’re my best friends so I’ll miss those freaks

What is a MUST HAVE item you will be bringing with you to college?  (for your dorm room, for school/lax, etc.) 

JammyPack/Portable Speaker

Who is your lacrosse “idol”/role model?

Lauren Schmidt because she always had the ability to articulate exactly what I was doing well or needed to improve. Also, her calves were inspirational.

What is one piece of advice you would give players for learning to handle pressure as a student-athlete?

It’s totally possible to get through the pressure, but it’s different than the “normal highschool student”. Don’t bother trying to explain what you’re going through to your school friends, they won’t understand. If you’re going to discuss your situation and stress, talk to your BearLax teammates because thankfully they’re going through the same exact process as you.

What does “Tenacity” mean to you?

“Go get em” attitude.

Ellie Higgins

What are you thinking of majoring in, in college?

I will be majoring in Liberal Studies/Education with a minor in business.

What are you looking forward to most playing about college lacrosse?

Not only am I looking forward to playing more lacrosse, but I am also excited to meet an awesome group of girls who have common interests as me and build solid, life long friendships with my future teammates!

What will you miss most about BearLax?

I will miss the coaches! All of the BearLax coaches are amazing and I will definitely miss their coaching styles and their personalities on and off the field.

What is a MUST HAVE item you will be bringing with you to college?

My one must have item is my hotel slippers.  I have quite the collection, I wear them everywhere… but mainly to and from lax practices or games.  Whenever I go to a hotel, I find as many as I can 🙂

Who was your biggest lacrosse influence in the Bay Area?

My biggest lacrosse influence is Courtney Neff.  Courtney plays D1 lacrosse at UC Davis and I’ve  looked up to her since my freshman year.  She has taught me how to be a team player while also enjoying the game.  I also have her to thank for some crazy workouts and improvement on my stick skills.

What is one piece of advice you would give players for learning to handle pressure as a student-athlete?

Try your hardest to stay on top of your schoolwork while also have fun playing your game!  But don’t bring your stress to the field… leave it behind when you’re out there!

What is a piece of advice you could give underclassmen for setting goals and implementing a gameplan for becoming good at things?

My advice to underclassmen is to set your goals high and listen to your coaches.  Always push yourself and your teammates in a positive way in order to be the best player you can be and accomplish the goals of both yourself and your teammates.  Your coaches know 1000x more than you, so it’s in your best interest to listen to them!

What does “Tenacity” mean to you?

To me, tenacity means never giving up and staying strong and intense through the whole game.  Go after those ground balls!!!!!!!!

Chloe Tucker

What are you thinking of majoring in, in college?

I’m planning on double majoring in Human Biology and International Relations while doing a Pre-Med track

What are you looking forward to most playing about college lacrosse?

I’m definitely looking forward to building all new relationships with a whole new team, having a really fun way to be able to stay in shape and getting to play my favorite sport for another four years

What will you miss most about Tenacity Texas/BearLax?

I will probably miss all of the tournaments that I’ve been to over the past three years. It’s been amazing to be able to travel all over the country and play lacrosse over the summer

What is a MUST HAVE item you will be bringing with you to college?  (for your dorm room, for school/lax, etc.) 

Music of any kind whether it’s on an iPod or CDs. I always have to have music to help me relax, workout, or do homework

Who was your biggest lacrosse influence in Houston/Bay Area?

My biggest influence over the years has probably been Jess Mucci. She was my coach this past season and although she was pretty hard on us at practices she just wanted us to succeed. She really did make us better as a team and I admire her for that. She’s an amazing athlete and coach. And she made me realize that getting hit by a shot doesn’t hurt that bad if you get hit by another one in a different spot right afterwards. So thank you Jess, you really did make us a much better team all around this past year

Who is your lacrosse “idol”/role model?

Definitely Devon Wills

What is one piece of advice you would give players for learning to handle pressure as a student-athlete?

It’s important to not place all of your focus on either school or sports. You have to have a balance of both

What is a piece of advice you could give underclassmen for setting goals and implementing a game plan for becoming good at things?

You have to learn to recognize the little victories in life, not just the big ones. You should realize that all of the little things add up to those huge moments. What may seem like something simple, like learning to catch and throw with your non-dominant hand isn’t something to take lightly because you just mastered the first step to doing a non-dom behind the back shot off of a crease roll. When you set goals for yourself, remember those little things that you need to learn first before you can jump into those amazing moments

What does “Tenacity” mean to you?

Tenacity means to have the determination to succeed no matter the challenges. It means to have the commitment to stay with something to see it through regardless of whether or not it works out the way you planned.

Alex Samper

What are you thinking of majoring in, in college?

Chemical engineering

What are you looking forward to most playing about college lacrosse?

I am most looking forward to the high level of play and great coaching I will have so I can become a better player

What will you miss most about Tenacity Texas/BearLax?

I will most miss the people that I became friends with and the coaches that taught me so much

What is a MUST HAVE item you will be bringing with you to college?  (for your dorm room, for school/lax, etc.) 

My must have item for college are my thin warm gloves that I am able to wear under my goalie gloves, because I am going to need them in for the cold weather.

Who was your biggest lacrosse influence in Houston/Bay Area?

The person who had the biggest lacrosse influence on my and taught me the most about goalie was Coach Amy, without her I wouldn’t have had a chance of playing college.

Who is your lacrosse “idol”/role model?

My lacrosse “idol” is Devin Wills because she one of the most amazing goalies to ever play the game

What is one piece of advice you would give players for learning to handle pressure as a student-athlete?

The one piece of advice I would give players for learning how to handle pressure as a student-athlete is find one thing, whether it be a song, a saying, an activity, a memory or whatever it may be and whenever you feel that pressure remember whatever your thing is and even if you are in the middle of your most important game of the year that one thing can calm you down and relieve that pressure.

What is a piece of advice you could give underclassmen for setting goals and implementing a gameplan for becoming good at things?

Set a goal that maybe seems a little harder than you reach then work as hard as you have to in order to achieve it because the only way to find out how far you can go is to push your limits.

What does “Tenacity” mean to you?

“Tenacity” means playing with all your heart, leaving everything out on the field every game you play, and playing not just for yourself but also for your teammates.

Gabbi Klein

What are you thinking of majoring in, in college?

I have many intrests so right now I am undecided about what I will major in at USC. I am thinking about majoring in marketing, human performance, or cinematic arts.

What are you looking forward to most playing about college lacrosse?

What I am looking forward to most about playing in college is competing for a national championship. It has always been a dream of mine to win a national championship and I am so excited to get the opportunity to accomplish that dream at USC.

What will you miss most about Tenacity Texas/BearLax?

The thing I will miss the most about bearlax is my teammates. My bearlax teammates are some of my best friends so leaving them is very sad. Our team was like a family so its very hard to think that I will barely see any of them after we all leave. We are already talking about visiting each other at our colleges next year!

What is a MUST HAVE item you will be bringing with you to college?  (for your dorm room, for school/lax, etc.) 

My must have item that I will be taking to college is my mini basketball hoop. I always play mini basketball in my room before a game. It helps me not over think about the games and it relaxes me so I am not stressed before games. Hopefully I won’t break my dorm door though because one time when I was playing I went to dunk it and I crashed into the door and broke it. My parents were not too happy.

Who was your biggest lacrosse influence in Houston/Bay Area?

Lauren Goerz (Bearlax alum 10′, MV 10′) was my biggest influence from Northern California. When I was in elementary and middle school I used to always go to Monte Vista lacrosse games and she was always so much fun to watch play. I would try to immiate what she did in games when I played.

Who is your lacrosse “idol”/role model?

Lindsey Munday is my biggest lacrosse idol. Although we play different positions, I play midfield and she plays attack, we play a similar game in that I am more of a feeder then driver. I am so excited to be able to be coached by her at USC and really bring my game to the next level.

What is one piece of advice you would give players for learning to handle pressure as a student-athlete?

My one piece of advice for learning how to handle the pressure of being a student athlete is to stay organized.  If you are confident that you are prepared and have all of your assignments completed you won’t feel as stressed.

What is a piece of advice you could give underclassmen for setting goals and implementing a gameplan for becoming good at things?

My advice for setting goals and implementing a game plan is to work outside of practice. To accomplish a goal you need to work on your own as much as you can. I am always on the wall working on my stick work and at a field shooting. One practice a week is not enough, you need to take time out of your day to work toward your goal.

What does “Tenacity” mean to you?

Tenacity to me means that no matter the circumstances, work hard, never give up and never give in. Play with grit and hustle until the final whistle.

Sami Labella

What are you thinking of majoring in, in college?

I am going to major in engineering with a specialization in mechatronics.

What are you looking forward to most playing about college lacrosse?

I am looking forward to the fast play and higher competition. I am also looking forward to continue to learn new things and techniques to better my game.

What will you miss most about Tenacity Texas/BearLax?

I will miss all the friends I made for BearLax and all the coaches I got to interact with. Also, the competition and high level of play.

What is a MUST HAVE item you will be bringing with you to college?  (for your dorm room, for school/lax, etc.) 

A must have item I would bring is definitely my Nintendo 3DS because I really like video games and living without it would be hard.

Who was your biggest lacrosse influence in Houston/Bay Area?

My biggest lacrosse influence I guess would be all the people I got to meet throughout the years. Once I got to meet them and all the coaches I worked with, they helped shape who I am today.

Who is your lacrosse “idol”/role model?

Probably my lacrosse role model, as cheesy as it sounds, would be Jackie Gilbert. Not only is she a stud muffin lacrosse player, she is also a good friend. She helps me by pushing me harder and to try my best at practice.

What is one piece of advice you would give players for learning to handle pressure as a student-athlete?

One piece of advice I would give to help balance school and lacrosse is to try not to procrastinate. If you have to, school should come first so maybe miss that one workout or practice to get the grades you want. Don’t be afraid, or rather lazy, and get to doing your work early and on time.

What is a piece of advice you could give underclassmen for setting goals and implementing a game plan for becoming good at things?

Some advice I would give about setting goals and implementing a game plan for becoming good at things would be to start small. Make your goals attainable and fight hard for them. Work on them everyday and repetition is key. Make a calendar if you have to to manage your time or life better. But, stay ambitious and hungry to reach your lifelong dreams to make them come true. Don’t be disappointed if it does not work at first. You have to keep fighting through and keep at it until it starts to work 100% of the time.

What does “Tenacity” mean to you?

Tenacity to me means to never give up and keep working until you reach what your trying to attain. It means to stay hungry. Be outgoing and be the best you.

Audrey Evers

What are you thinking of majoring in, in college?

I am very interested in BioPyschology, but I am attending a liberal arts university so I am going to be taking classes in a wide range of departments. I am going in with a very open mind about my major.

What are you looking forward to most playing about college lacrosse?

Similar to my BearLax team, I am looking forward to playing with a group of girls that are all passionate about lacrosse in the same way that I am. I am also excited to be on another team because my BearLax and high school teams have all become my best friends.

What will you miss most about Tenacity Texas/BearLax?

I will miss the people! My team and my coaches are some of the best people I have met in my time during high school and I look forward to staying close with all of them.

What is a MUST HAVE item you will be bringing with you to college?  (for your dorm room, for school/lax, etc.) 

A warm jacket!

Who was your biggest lacrosse influence in Houston/Bay

Julia Southard, my goalie coach, completely transformed my play and has definitely been my biggest influence.

What is one piece of advice you would give players for learning to handle pressure as a student-athlete?

I would tell girls that communication is the most important skill that you can have as a student-athlete. If you keep a dialogue with your coach, teachers, and parents about your academic and athletic commitments you avoid most conflicts that can arise. On top of that, using lacrosse as a break from school work has been a huge aid to my productivity as a student.

What is a piece of advice you could give underclassmen for setting goals and implementing a game plan for becoming good at things?

I think the most important piece of setting goals is to find someone that can help and push you to reach those goals. My coaches have been a huge influence to me and always keep me accountable when I am focusing on a specific goal or part of my play.

What does “Tenacity” mean to you?

To me, tenacity means staying feisty. It means doing the little things and working relentlessly towards your goals.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF)

The Stanford Cardinals win the MPSF Championship game in Denver Colorado against the USC Trojans 16-11. Check out this article to see recaps of all playoff games and selected tournament team players!

Michaela Michael from Menlo, CA won Player of the Year as a sophomore at USC, Nicole Martindale won Rookie of the year from Denver, and coach of the year goes to Lindsey Munday in her third year at USC. Here’s a list of All MPSF First, and Second team including some of our own BearLax Alumni!

Juliana Strazulo: Drew University

Juliana, a BearLax Alumni who plays at Drew University was announced as All Conference 2nd team over the weekend! Juliana was a Marin Catholic Native who was named to the All-League First Team in 2013 and 2014. She is now enjoying her time in Madison, NJ. Below is an article stating that Strazulo “made an immediate impact as a rookie” and lead a defense to only allow 10.22 goals per game, which is third best in the league! Check out this awesome article with more details and information about Juliana making the All Conference (Landmark Conference) 2nd team!