After being part of Half Hollow Hills’ varsity team for five years, senior midfielder Ashley Gonzalez will soon begin her new journey down in Florida as a gator. Ashley is an electrifying offensive player that can score on anyone while also getting her teammates involved. As a captain, she has learned strong leadership skills that she will look to take with her to Florida that will help her impact the game from the beginning. Throughout her career, she has had a number of coaches along the way who have helped her get to where she is today. Like everyone, Ashley remains hopeful that the 2020 lacrosse season will resume in some sort of capacity and that she will be given the opportunity to put on the Half Hollow Hills jersey one more time. Continue to read more about Ashley in a recent interview with the LILJ:
Q. What were the deciding factors in choosing to play lacrosse at the University of Florida?
A. I was fortunate enough to visit a bunch of different campuses and with the time I spent at the University of Florida, I knew that was the place I wanted to spend my college years. From the academics to the facilities to the coaches and the warm weather, it was an obvious choice for me.
Q. Being a senior, how tough is it knowing that it’s possible there might not be a 2020 season?
A. It’s extremely tough. I was looking forward to the season and was putting in a lot of work to improve my game. On top of possibly losing the opportunity to play during my senior season, I will really miss the time spent with my teammates and coaches. Despite this, I am still very hopeful that there may be a condensed season.
Q. How would you describe your time playing for Half Hollow Hills?
A. My lacrosse experience at Half Hollow Hills has been the best. I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to play on varsity as an eighth grader and to compete at a high level at such a young age. Having this experience has helped me improve my game each season and to know what is expected of me. I’ve grown so much over the past five years as a person and a player at Half Hollow Hills, and I am very grateful for the time I’ve spent playing there.
Q. Is there anything that you’ve learned playing for Half Hollow Hills that you can take with you to Florida?
A. I’ve learned to be a strong leader and to lead by example. Being a captain has allowed me to be the best leader I could be and make sure everyone is involved and held accountable. I hope to take my leadership skills to Florida and implement them into my game even as a freshman.
Q. Who are some of the people that have helped you get to where you are today?
A. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family. They always push me to be the best I could be and support me no matter what. My coaches at Half Hollow Hills, Coach Horbach and Coach Horan, have been by my side since 8th grade and have done nothing but support me. My Yellow Jackets coaches, Carol Rose and Alexis Curcio, have been there for me from the beginning and have taught me everything I know about the game. I can’t thank these people enough for everything they have done for me.
Q. How would you describe yourself as a player and a teammate?
A. I consider myself a goal scorer, but I’m always looking to get all of my teammates involved. I love winning and will do anything to win. I am a very selfless and hardworking teammate which both translates onto the field.