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Aidan Danenza; Going From One Winning Lacrosse Program to Another

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Aidan Danenza is wrapping up a great run playing for St. Anthony’s. The senior midfielder is bound for Duke University where he will be suiting up for the Blue Devils next year, something that has always been a dream of his. Winning is something that Aidan has been accustomed to at St. Anthony’s. As he reflects on his time with the Friars, he says his best memory was winning last years championship against Chaminade. Aidan was a major factor on offense for team that was stacked with talent. Part of what makes him such a great talent is that he is a dual threat that can score and facilitate. The coaching that he’s had and the situations that he’s been faced with as a Friar are things that he can take with him to Duke that will give him an advantage. Continuing reading the full interview down below, to see who some of the people are that he attributes to helping him get to where he is today.

Q. How did you decide to continue playing lacrosse at Duke?

A. Playing lacrosse at Duke was always my dream. Ever since I was young I was wanted to go there, so once I got the opportunity I took it.

Q. With the 2020 season canceled , how disappointing is it as a senior?

A. It definitely is disappointing, a lot of kids go into high school and can’t wait for their senior season. I’ve played lacrosse with many of my teammates forever, with or against them. It stinks we can’t get one more run to cap off our senior season, but we’re staying positive and hoping for the best.

Q. What are some of the most memorable moments you’ve had playing for St. Anthony’s?

A. Easily the best memory I’ve had is winning the championship game last year against Chaminade. It was a great game from the start right to the last few seconds and that’s something that I will never forget.

Q. As a player who has the ability to both facilitate and score, is one more rewarding than the other?

A. I let the goals and assists fall into place when I’m out there. And it makes it easier playing with these guys because there always in the right spots ready to shoot and pass. I always do my best on the field and let the rest play out.

Q. Who are some of the people that have helped you get to where you are today?

A. My dad has helped me get to where I am today. From day one no matter what I’m doing he has always told me to do the best I can do. My travel coach Joe Spallina has also taught me a lot, I have been with him since 4th grade and he’s made me a great player. Coach Wieczorek and Coach Schreiber have also helped me out tremendously since 9th grade when I began at St. Anthony’s High School.

Q. Is there anything you’ve learned while playing for St. Anthony’s that you can take with you to Duke?

A. Yes for sure, Coach Wieczorek always makes our schedule very intense, and there’s nothing more you could ask for. I have played many great teams and you can take out many points and lessons from being in those situations. There have been many games where the game has come down to one play, and I’ve become comfortable in uncomfortable situations which I feel can give me an advantage in the late moments of the game.


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