LOS ANGELES – Emily Concialdi, a two-time lacrosse All-American at Yorktown, has spent the last five years, including this past season as a graduate student, at the University of Southern California.
The Trojans were the No. 7 ranked team in the country before the COVID-19 virus ended their season.
“Playing lacrosse on the West Coast gave me a new perspective on the game,” said Concialdi, who plays attack. “As compared to Yorktown, lacrosse is not nearly as popular in Southern California. It was amazing having the chance to play at USC and grow the game of lacrosse out west.”
Playing on the West Coast has its pros and cons.
“One advantage of West-Coast lacrosse is that we get to play in great weather all year-round,” Concialdi said. “The disadvantage is that we constantly are flying all over the country to play opponents.”
Concialdi led the 6-0 Trojans in goals (16), assists (6), and points (22) this season.
“Going into this season, knowing it was my last year of lacrosse, I did all I could do prepare in order to have no regrets,” Concialdi said.
Highlighting Concialdi’s campaign was the stretch between Feb. 17-23, when she was named PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Week. It was the second time in her career she had earned that prestigious honor.
In a 18-9 home victory on Feb. 21 against then No. 15 Boston College, Concialdi, recorded her ninth career hat trick, while displaying her all-around ability against the Eagles.
She registered 4 goals, 3 ground balls, and also stole the ball out of the goalie’s clearance pass, and registered an empty-net goal to ignite a 6-0 run, which put the Trojans in front for the rest of the game.
The win against Boston College was the Trojans first in six contests against the Eagles.
Concialdi also shined in a 14-6 victory against visiting San Diego State University on Feb. 23. She tallied 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 ground balls, and forced 3 turnovers in the win against the Aztecs, giving the Trojans their fourth straight victory to start the season.
“It was great to win an award after such a fun weekend of some big wins,” Concialdi said. “I was hyped up after our win against BC and tried to keep the momentum going. I’m lucky to have teammates who set me up and made me look good. It was a great way to kick of the season, it’s a shame we didn’t get to finish it off.”
USC came into this season with plenty of momentum after winning its first PAC-12 championship and third league tournament championship a year ago.
“Winning the PAC-12 championship was one of the most exciting lacrosse moments of my career,” Concialdi said. “It was amazing getting the chance to compete in the NCAA tournament and representing the PAC-12.”
While Concialdi played her college ball 3,000 miles away, the lessons she learned playing for the legendary Husker program have always stayed with her.
“Growing up in Yorktown and getting to play lacrosse is something that I am really grateful for,” Concialdi said. “I grew up watching my sisters play. I still remember when they won the state championship in 2006. I always wanted to do the same and held myself to a high standard. I also was fortunate enough to be coached by Ellen Mager, who prepared us well for playing at the higher level.”
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