My favorite sports event memory is... at a lacrosse camp in high school. It became a defining moment for my desire to play at the highest levels of lacrosse. After weather delays one morning, the campers were finally allowed outside for a 45-minute session before lunch. Since it had been a short practice, a couple of campers and a few older players stayed on the field to shoot around. We realized we had enough players for 7v7, and a spontaneous game of pickup began. The campers rose to the challenge of competing at a higher level. Players caught every feed, challenged every possession, and worked together despite being total strangers. When I wished my teammate would cut through, they did! When a drive to the goal was unsuccessful, my teammates were open, moving to space, and asking for the ball. Off-ball players were occupying their defenders and setting picks. Defenders were stepping up on the ball carrier, sharing coverage of the cutters, intercepting passes, and sliding in on every challenge to goal. In my high school games up until this point, there were moments of beautiful lacrosse, but this was a full game of spectacular lacrosse! This moment was pivotal because it solidified my love for lacrosse. I want to recreate a moment like this for all young athletes to come. Now, I work in lacrosse professionally, and I am able to spread the fun, intensity, and sheer thrill of lacrosse. It is a dream come true!
Gabrielle joins Centercourt Lacrosse with experience playing, coaching, and mentoring lacrosse players of all ages. She is alumni of and the Head coach at the Peddie School, whose senior year lead the Falcons to a Prep A State Championship. Gabby has worked with various lacrosse companies such as Ultimate Lacrosse Club, NJ Lacrosse Training, Five Star Lacrosse, and Duke Lacrosse Camp. As a three-year starter on defense for Duke University, starting 67 of 68 games played over 4 seasons. She started her freshman year at a Duke vs UNC game, one of the best collegiate sports rivalries. Gabby is tied for 17th in the Duke program history in career caused turnovers (63) in just her three starting seasons. She has tallied 58 ground balls and was named to the IWLCA’s All-South Region second team as a sophomore. She was also named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Defensive Player of the week once during her freshman season, and twice during her sophomore season. Gabby was an instrumental component in guiding the Blue Devils to four consecutive NCAA quarterfinal appearance including a trip to the national semifinals her senior year. Her senior year these efforts earned her a spot on the NCAA All-tournament Team.