Abby LoCascio is a senior at St. Anthony’s High School and a star player for the women’s varsity lacrosse team. Last season she tallied sixteen goals, fifteen assists with twelve starts, helping her team win the NSCHSGAA championship. She hopes to bring home another trophy before starting her next chapter at Northwestern University, where she will play Division I lacrosse.
LoCascio grew up around lacrosse and realized her true passion for the sport in middle school. Her dream from then on was to play collegiate lacrosse. This influenced her decision to attend St. Anthony’s High School, since it is known for their successful lacrosse program.
She said her experience as a Friar was amazing. “It’s just the culture of what St. Anthony’s is. It’s always that winning expectation. We go into every single game trying to dominate and win that championship year after year,” she said.
In preparation for her final high school season, she has been training at Xceleration, a sports training facility located in Deer Park. Here she works on speed and agility, lifting, and conditioning. During her free time, she trains at the field and watches film to help progress her game even further.
In addition to her high-intensity high school program, she plays for Long Island Top Guns, a travel lacrosse team which helped her tremendously in the recruiting process. Her coaches, Shannon Smith and Annalise Martin really prepared her for the next level. They taught her team the importance of showing up, working hard, and doing your best every day. These are values they will carry throughout all aspects of life.
Northwestern University will be her new home starting next fall, and she could not be more excited. Every part of the school seemed to fit what she was looking for. “Academics definitely played a role in my decision, it’s one of the top universities in the country,” LoCascio said. She really connects with the culture of their lacrosse program; it is all about working hard and loving lacrosse.
“Being able to play for Kelly Amonte Hiller is like a dream come true. Scott Hiller, Shelby Fredericks, they do an outstanding job,” she said.
The recruiting process can be overwhelming. What are college coaches really looking for? LoCascio said that for her position, she believes they are looking at your IQ and your skill. They also want to see good body language and a positive attitude. Ultimately, coaches want to recruit someone who really appreciates the opportunity to love lacrosse.
Some further recruiting advice from LoCascio is to have patience and stay true to yourself. Show interest and go to ID clinics and camps. Understand that it can be a stressful time, but also an exciting one because there is a home for everybody.