Coming off a disappointing junior season for the Ithaca High girls lacrosse team, midfielder Lindsay Biondi was losing confidence.
“After last year, my attitude toward lacrosse sort of changed,” Biondi said. “I was pretty down on myself because it wasn’t the season I wanted and after getting All-American sophomore year and not getting it junior year, I couldn’t help but be disappointed in myself. I didn’t have the season that I wanted. I think this year, my attitude went back to my normal, ‘I want to win.’ I think that our season was awesome.”
But with a stellar senior season and runner-up finish in the Section 4 Class A tournament, Biondi’s outlook has shifted. Thanks to 72 goals, 23 assists, and 34 ground balls, Biondi is an Under Armour All-American. She is one of 40 selections and will play for the North in Saturday’s All-America game at Towson University, just outside Baltimore.
After garnering All-America honors as a sophomore at Section I’s Brewster, Biondi moved to Ithaca. And while her junior season was somewhat of a disappointment, she said her team, which finished 10-4 and lost in the section final to Corning, re-ignited her passion for the game.
“Section 1 was such a hotbed of lacrosse. I think coming here was kind of a rude awakening,” she said. “It was just not the talent that I was expecting. I think that’s OK and this year, we were a totally different team than my 2012 season.”
Coach Lyn Reitenbach helped push Biondi this past season. Biondi, who finished her varsity career with 376 goals, will suit up for ACC powerhouse Maryland. Five of her future college teammates will play in the game. Maryland lost to North Carolina in the most recent national championship game.
Biondi learned about the honor during her fifth-period Economics class during the final weeks of the school year.
“I just ran out of the class,” she said. “I saw it was a Maryland area code, so I thought it was my college coach calling me for something. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t my coach. It was some guy saying, ‘Congratulations, you’ve been selected to the Under Armour All-American game.’ I was thrilled.”
Biondi said she isn’t sure who nominated her for the team.
“This is the perfect way to end my senior season,” she said.