women’s sports programs we have, Steph is so deserving of Female Athlete of the Year. Steph led us to two consecutive final fours. She has such a great scoring ability.”
Lazo said the highlight of her collegiate season was defeating Johns Hopkins at their field when we were down by five goals at halftime.
“We came back in the second half scoring 12 goals to win it! That was memorable,” Lazo said.
As for the most memorable, Lazo said it was “defeating Ohio State for the Big Ten championship in my sophomore year. It was the first time we won the Big Ten.”
Her older sister, Dani, was a senior defensive player on that team. Dani graduated from Penn State with a degree in Bio-Behavioral Health.
Lazo began playing lacrosse when her older sister came home from elementary school with a sheet of paper inviting her to sign up for the pee-wee team.
“It was kind of like, I wanted to do what my older sister was doing, so, my dad eventually signed me up, too,” Lazo said. “That’s how it started. Besides playing in high school with my sister, we played together at Penn State, too. Dani was two years ahead of me. Playing together in high school and college was special, not only for me, but our parents. We loved playing together in lacrosse.
She said she learned most of her lacrosse skills while playing for the Maryland United Lacrosse Club, based out of the AnnapolisSeverna Park area. While she played at St. Mary’s all four years in high school, the head coach changed each year. That didn’t stop Lazo’s passion for lacrosse or her desire for excellence.
She was a 4.0 grade-point average, straight-A student in high school, a 3.0 student at Penn State and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation of Human Ser vices.
“At Penn State, you’re considered a student first, and athlete second,” Lazo said. “That’s the priority that Penn State has always had. I think that’s good.”
“When I first visited Penn State coming out of high school, I met Coach (Joe) Paterno during my visit,” Lazo added. “That was awesome meeting him. It was about a year before he died.”
Now that she has graduated, Lazo wants to coach lacrosse for a college team. She is in the hunt for a position now.
“I can start as an assistant coach, but I’d like to be a head coach eventually,” Lazo said.
She is currently coaching a team with her Maryland United Lacrosse Club, which she has been doing for the past four years.
“I think she’ll do great as a coach,” Doher ty said. “She has experience, and she’s been doing really well with that too.”
Of her petite size, Lazo said, “It’s proof that size really doesn’t matter when it comes to being a leader and having an impact in lacrosse. I want to continue to give back to the sport I love. That’s why I want to coach. You grow as a person through sports. That’s what I see as the value of the game.”
Lazo is the daughter of John and Sue Lazo of Kent Island.