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Isabelle Vitale; Heading From CSH to USC

It’s been an amazing run for Isabelle Vitale. She is wrapping up a tremendous career at Cold Spring Harbor where she not only put up amazing statistics, but was also a winner, being part of a team that won states the last two consecutive seasons. Next year, Isabelle will be heading to the west coast where she will begin a new journey playing for her dream school, USC. Like any athlete, Isabelle is disappointed that there currently aren’t any games this season, but it hasn’t stopped her from continuing to find ways to get better as a player. She is continuing to stay active and is working on becoming a more accurate shooter and improving her dodging. While her time at Cold Spring Harbor is coming to a close, she has learned many valuable things throughout her time there that she will take with her to USC. Continue reading about Isabelle down below in an interview with the LILJ.

Q. What were some of the factors that led to you choosing to play at USC?

A. USC has been my dream school from the very beginning. From the moment I stepped onto campus, during my official visit, I knew this is where I wanted to spend the next four years. I fell in love with the coaches and the team culture. On top of the beautiful campus and athletic facilities, the academics are among the best in the country. USC encompasses everything I was looking for in a university.

Q. How disappointing is it possibly not having a senior season?

A. It is beyond disappointing. Having won states for the past two years, my team had very high expectations for this upcoming season. Even though we’ve been posed with unprecedented circumstances, we are still trying to make the best out of it.

Q. How would you describe your time playing for Cold Spring Harbor?

A. I have had an amazing experience playing for Cold Spring Harbor. Throughout my years of playing, we have had so much growth and success on and off the field. Not only have I learned so much about the game, but I have learned even more about myself as a player and an individual.

Q. Is there anything that you’ve been doing to stay active since there aren’t any games?

A. Because we cannot meet as a team, I have been focusing on ways to improve as an individual. With this in mind, I have been practicing on my dodging and shooting accuracy. To keep up with my fitness, I go on daily runs, use a Peloton bike, and lift weights.

Q. After having such an amazing season last year, are there ways that you feel you can get even better?

A. I believe that there is always room for improvement. With every game and practice, I always walk away with a new skill or lesson. Last season’s senior class was so strong, and I was looking forward to building off of that success with my younger teammates. I know my team has so much potential and the ability to accomplish something great. As the 2020 team, I am truly hoping we get a chance to showcase our skills.

Q. Is there anything that you’ve learned while playing at Cold Spring Harbor that you can take with you to USC?

A. Beyond the wins and losses, it is the valuable time that I have spent with my teammates and coaches that have mattered the most. It is important to acknowledge the statistics of our games but, more importantly, to recognize and appreciate all of the coaches, parents, friends, and teammates who push us to be better every day. I am extremely fortunate and grateful to have been a part of the Cold Spring Harbor Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse Team for the past three years. The importance of putting the team first, hard work, and commitment are three values that I will take with me as I continue my lacrosse career at USC.


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