College lacrosse star, Hampton grad to play overseas
Slippery Rock University Lacrosse team senior captain and 2014 Hampton graduate Breanne Vodde will be competing overseas this summer as a member of the USA Athlete International Team.
Vodde was selected to join the team by her current SRU lacrosse coach, Kelsey Van Alstyne, to travel with a other athletes from the United States. They'll be trekking to Great Britain and Scotland in June to compete in a series of games.
The trip is meant to foster goodwill and friendship between the countries, according to the nonprofit organization.
The senior, who lettered in both Hampton slow-pitch softball and lacrosse in high school, said now that she is about to graduate college, it's a great way to complete her college lacrosse journey.
“It's definitely bittersweet but an awesome way to go out. A nice way to finish my career,” said Vodde.
Van Alstyne said Vodde and two other seniors from their program will join others from around the United States.
“We invited our seniors and reached out to other coaches to invite student athletes that would represent our country in a positive way. Brea was selected because of her outstanding work ethic, personality and presence on and off the field,” said Van Alstyne, who will be the lacrosse team's coach on the trip.
Vodde said she's excited to promote her sport and represent her home country.
Growing up in Gibsonia, Vodde, 21, has certainly accomplished a lot as a lacrosse player, including finishing her career in the top 20 in Slippery Rock Lacrosse program history in most offensive categories and being named to the International Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll.
“We are extremely proud of how Breanne juggles her studies and her team commitments,” said her father, Bill, speaking for both her and his wife, Julie.
He said that she's work extremely hard athletically to learn the game, especially since “she didn't pick up a lacrosse stick until ninth grade.”
In addition to earning her bachelor's degree in middle level mathematics this coming December, Vodde has consistently been on the Dean's list at SRU. She said she has already started working on her master's.
“Brea spent countless hours in the gym, building the strength and endurance required to play at the collegiate level. I don't know how she finds time for everything,” said Bill.
Vodde said she's “excited that USA will be on our jerseys” and knows that she and her teammates have the honor of being representatives of the country to others overseas.
She also will be sad once she graduates and is done with lacrosse, at least at SRU.
“I'm really going to miss it,” she said.
USA Athletes International, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving amateur athletes and coaches the opportunity to participate in International Olympic-style sporting events throughout the world, while also allowing them to broaden their educational and cultural knowledge of the world through the experience, according to its website.
Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.