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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.

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