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Bandorick to play lacrosse for East Carolina

Worcester Prep senior to join university’s new Div. I program; eyes spot in goal
By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Nov 30, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep senior Sophie Bandorick signs her National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at East Carolina University, Nov. 10, at the Berlin high school. Pictured seated with Bandorick, is her mom, India, and dad, Bill. Standing are her grandparents, Barbara and Joe Triglia.

(Dec. 1, 2017) Worcester Prep senior Sophie Bandorick believes everything happens for a reason.

For example, if she hadn’t forgotten her cleats for a lacrosse game when she was younger, she probably wouldn’t be going to East Carolina University to play goalie for the women’s team.

“I became a goalie by accident because I forgot my cleats. I was wearing Vans to like the muddiest field in the world. I couldn’t run on the field [in those shoes],” she said. “So, they were like, ‘well our goalie is late, you can go in the goal.’ It’s the only game we won that season.”

Bandorick did well in the goal and surprisingly, she enjoyed playing the position.

“I didn’t think I would [like playing in the goal]. Little 10-year-old me, I was like, ‘I’m a defender, I’m a defender,’” she said. “I’ve been playing goalie since fourth or fifth grade and it all started because I forgot cleats and I wore Vans to a game. If I had cleats, knowing me, I would probably be a midfielder or defender. I still have those Vans.”

Bandorick verbally committed to East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, last November.

“When we drove up to the campus I liked it. I love the whole atmosphere there,” she said. “I really just wanted to find a school that fit me the best.

“I chose East Carolina because of everything I’m going to gain academically there through athletics,” Bandorick continued. “When you’re an athlete you get priority on your classes, you’re going to get study halls, you’re going to get tutors. You have mandatory study halls and when I talked to the girls, they said that’s the best thing in the world. It’s two hours where you’re required to do your work. Having a structured schedule in college I feel is going to be really helpful.”

Getting the opportunity to play inside a stadium rather than on just a field was also a bonus.

“That was like the biggest ‘Oh my God’ moment and that I could play at a place that big,” Bandorick said. “I really wanted to make sure I had a school that I liked mainly because that’s really what matters. Lacrosse-wise, they’re really trying to make this a big Division I program. I would love to be one of the cornerstones of that.”

Bandorick made it official and signed her National Letter of Intent just a few weeks ago, on Nov. 10, at Worcester Prep in front of family, friends, coaches and school administrators. She received an athletic scholarship.

“I know she’ll stand out on ECU’s team,” Worcester Prep girls’ lacrosse Coach Brooke Hahn said. “She’s got great height, speed, confidence and field sense and the coaches and her teammates will pick up on that quickly. She’s a great leader and they’re lucky to have her.”

This is the first year for the lacrosse program at East Carolina. Bandorick will join the squad in its second season, something she is excited about.

“That was probably anther driving force for me,” the 17-year-old said. “To say that I played the second season at ECU would be a pretty cool thing to say.”

Bandorick met all the current players on the team as well as the girls in her recruiting class.

“They’re all so nice. It’s weird seeing a whole bunch of girls from all different walks of life,” she said. “On the team there’s girls from the freezing cold of Syracuse, New York and then there’s a girl from Orlando.”

Many of the girls in her class she found on Instagram and they started chatting through social media before meeting face-to-face at the school.

“When we finally met, it felt like we all practically knew each other,” she said.

Bandorick said she would like to become a dentist and hopes to attend the ECU School of Dental Medicine.

“It’s something I think I would be really good at,” she said.

Bandorick, who also plays volleyball for Worcester Prep, has one lacrosse season remaining and she is looking forward to it.

“It’s bittersweet because it’s my senior year,” she said. “We lost so many [to graduation], but we have a really good pool of girls this year. With Coach Hahn’s help, I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people.”

Bandorick, who has been playing lacrosse since she was 5 years old, earned All-Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference recognition her sophomore and junior year.

“Sophie has had a tremendous impact on our varsity team over the last four years,” Hahn said. “She’s been a solid voice on defense and a consistently great player. There are several games I can look back on and remember her as a standout player and integral part of the win.”

Hahn has high expectations for Bandorick this spring.

“As a senior, I know she’ll have an even bigger voice and I also expect her to take our other new goalies under her wing,” Hahn said. “This season I know she’ll have a ton of fun since she’s already committed and that weight is lifted off of her shoulders. It’s going to be a great year.”


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