The University of North Carolina girls lacrosse team is going into the 2020 season as the #1 ranked team the country. With six top Long Islander’s on the roster, it’s no surprise this team is one of the best. With notable names like Jamie Ortega and Katie Hoeg, the heels have LI natives emerging into some of the brightest stars in college lacrosse. With a big Freshmen class, Carolina has invested in 11 girls from around the country to keep North Carolina lacrosse trending upward. Of those eleven is one from Long Island. This past week, the LILJ checked in Melissa Sconone, who was a standout Suffolk County lady laxer from East Islip and current freshman at UNC. She shares some insight on how she’s adjusting to college, how it differs from high school, and what her goals are for the new year.
Q: How has the adjustment been to college?
The adjustment in college has been great because my teammates and the older girls on the team have helped me get acclimated and have taken me in with open arms.
Q: What’s the biggest difference between the High School game and the college game in your eyes?
The biggest difference from high school to college has been the speed of the game and the up tempo pace of practices and scrimmages.
Q: Why UNC?
When I went on my visit to North Carolina the coaches and the girls on the team made me feel comfortable and I felt it was the right place for me.
Q: What other schools were you considering?
The other schools I was considering were Florida, Syracuse, and Maryland.
Q: Who was the toughest defender you went against in High School
It’s difficult to narrow it down to one particular defender with all the great talent across Long Island.
Q: What is the goal in your freshman season at UNC?
My goal as a freshman at North Carolina is to be the best possible teammate and to do whatever it takes to help my team win a National Championship.
Q: Where do you see yourself after college and does lacrosse play a role?
Right now my focus is over the next four years becoming the best possible version of myself as a student athlete.
Q: What is your new year’s resolution?
My New Years resolution is to have a 3.5 gpa.