A new Fun Facts with Fairfield Ludlowe girls lacrosse player Callie Cirilli.
Who inspired you as a young athlete? My dad has always been a huge inspiration to me as a person and an athlete.
What do you believe is the greatest challenge most athletes are facing today? This one’s tough … I would say that most athletes are challenged by comparison and trying to fulfill other’s expectations. Between comparing stats and a starting position or even social media I think a lot of athletes get caught in a trap of comparison instead of focusing and sticking to their own process.
What qualities do you think make a team strong? Unity, trust, accountability and communication.
How does being an athlete inspire you to do better in life? It has taught me many lessons, such as the value of time management, communication, commitment, teamwork and leadership.
When and how did you decide lacrosse was the path for you? Lacrosse is something that came naturally to me and I’ve always felt a tie with, but I think when it started opening up more opportunities for me when I started getting recruited is when I realized it was a path I really wanted to continue on.
What is the best way you handle stress and pressure? Deep breaths, talking to someone who I can rely on their perspective for, and really just trusting the process and that everything will work out. It’s definitely something that I still have to work on though.
— Alana Goldhaber