Huntington High School alum Anna Tesoriero is one of the top lacrosse goalies in NCAA Division I and she plays on one of the best teams in the country.
The former Blue Devil star played a major role in the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team’s rise to No. 4 in the national rankings. Ms. Tesoriero works hard at her craft and the results have been impressive. Her stats put her among the finest goalies in America.
“This past school year has flown by,” Ms. Tesoriero said. “Between school and lacrosse, I was always busy doing something, whether it was a game, practice, studying or cheering on another team.”
Game after game, Ms. Tesoriero rose to the occasion for the Seawolves. “Being the starting goalie on the women’s lacrosse team at Stony Brook University is such an honor,” the 2015 Huntington grad said. “We work hard every day to achieve our goals and don’t stop until we do. The culture on the team is unparalleled and I consider them all my family. I think that if we weren’t this close off the field, then we wouldn’t work as well on the field and that’s why we were so great this past year.”
Ms. Tesoriero won five varsity lacrosse letters and three varsity field hockey letters at Huntington High School. In lacrosse, she was All-Division and Academic All-American in 2015 and All-County in both 2013 and 2014, in addition to being an Academic All-American in 2014. In field hockey she earned All-League and All-Division honors.
Despite soaring to No. 4 in the NCAA Division I rankings, Stony Brook (20-2) drew the No. 8 seed in this year’s national tournament. That didn’t sit well with team, which ended up dropping a 13-12 decision to No. 1 seeded Maryland in the tournament quarterfinals.
“Although we came up short of where we wanted to go this season, that doesn’t mean we are done yet,” Ms. Tesoriero said. “This will only make us want it more and strive for greatness next season. The coaches here are great. They push you to be the best you can be every day and never take days off. Without them and the support of my parents, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
The Blue Devil great is studying health science in preparation for a career in nursing. “I would definitely recommend Stony Brook,” Ms. Tesoriero said. “It gives you the best of both worlds. It allows you to have the college experience and at the same time take the train to go home to a nice Sunday dinner with your family. You can make it as close or as far away as you want.”
Ms. Tesoriero plans to volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital this summer. “This will help me gain some insight and experience in a hospital setting that can be useful as I obtain my health science degree and then a nursing degree after that,” she said. “I also plan on working at some lacrosse camps to help young aspiring athletes get better at their game. Finally, I will be working hard and training for the upcoming season; that way my team and I can reach our goal of winning a national championship.”
The summer won’t be all work for the Huntington alum. “If I can get to the beach a few times to relax and enjoy the nice weather with my friends, I’ll definitely do that, too,” Ms. Tesoriero said.