The Connecticut College women’s lacrosse team did not have a banner season this spring. But a 3-12 record does not diminish a stellar campaign turned in by tri-captain Tina Balzotti. The senior attack from Duxbury scored a career-high 46 goals to lead the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Balzotti (88 goals, 20 assists for her career) finished as one of the most prolific offensive threats in school history. This spring, she had multiple goals in 12 of the 15 games, including six goals in a 17-8 win over Western Connecticut last month. She also scored five goals twice on the season.
Balzotti was named to the IWLCA Zag Sports All-America team, and has also been chosen to the NESCAC All-Academic squad.
Q. How does it feel to have cemented your name as one of the best to play lacrosse at Conn College?
A. I haven’t really thought about it in that way. I just wanted to have a senior season that myself and the other seniors on the team could be proud of.
Q. Did you do anything differently this year that allowed you to score so many goals?
A. I was lucky enough this season to play alongside a number of teammates who were really skilled in feeding and being able to give me a good pass if I was open. They really made scoring much easier for me than it has been in past years when I was more focused on playing around the crease.
Q. Has it sunk in that your collegiate career is over? Do you have a particular highlight?
A. It definitely has not fully sunk in. I still feel like I should be going to practice and getting ready for games every day. One highlight is the yearly trips we took to Florida during spring break. It was so much fun to travel and spend time with everyone and compete in the nice weather.
Q. What do you plan to do after graduation?
A. I’m undecided as of now. I am looking for jobs in the Boston area and will hopefully get something figured out soon.
Q. Will you try to stay involved with lacrosse?
A. I am thinking about it. I love the sport and it has always been a part of my life, so if I get an opportunity to stay involved with it that would be great.
Q. What was your major, and what was the toughest class you took at Conn?
A. I am a government major. The hardest class I took was Statistics. I’m not one for math, so I definitely struggled with that class.
Q. What lessons will you take with you from the lacrosse field into life after college?
A. Lacrosse has taught me how to be a teammate and work with other people to achieve something that is bigger than myself. It has also taught me how important it is to set goals and work to achieve them.
Q. Favorite book or movie and why?
A. I’m not a huge bookworm, but I love a good Disney movie, some of the recent ones have been great. If I had to pick one movie though, I would have to say Caddyshack. I have watched it 100 times and I still think it’s the funniest thing in the world.
Q. Do you have a role model or mentor in life?
A. Both my parents are my biggest role models. My mom (Marie) would do anything for anyone and she is always there to help my brothers and I matter what. My dad (David) always knows how to make people laugh and motivates me to work hard and do well in lacrosse and in school. Having both of them at all my games over the last four years has pushed me to work my hardest and make them proud.
Q. If you could sit down for dinner with anyone, who would that be?
A. Bill Belichick for sure. I am a huge Patriots fan and I would love to meet him and hear what was going through his mind in the last two Super Bowls where they were able to overcome so much adversity to stay focused and pull off wins.
Q. Do you have an all-time favorite goal or highlight from your career?
A. My favorite highlight would be my junior year when we defeated Tufts at home. We were the underdog, so it was huge for us to beat them. Everyone played so well and the energy throughout the game was incredible. The feeling we felt on the field as the clock expired was surreal, and I’ll never forget throwing my stick in the air and having everyone rush on to the turf in celebration.
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