Many high school athletes hope to continue playing the sport they love when they go to college, and Holmdel senior Adria Ostafi will be one of the select few who will get that opportunity.
Ostafi has played on the Holmdel girls lacrosse team for the past four seasons, and will continue her career playing for the first women’s lacrosse team at Caldwell College next spring.
Ostafi was recruited this season by Long Island University standout Amy Rizzo, who previously played under current Holmdel head coach Regan Teti in 2004-2007.
“My current coach coached the Caldwell coach, “said Ostafi. ” I was doing a lot of goalie training and going to camps, and Amy saw me play and she contacted me through email, and than came to one of my games to see me play. I was really excited about this great opportunity, and that she wanted me to play for her new team.”
Teti hopes Rizzo’s experience and leadership will help Ostafi become an all-around player.
“I coached Amy while she was playing at Long Island University, and she is one of the most decorated players to ever play there,” said Teti. “She is the school’s all-time leading scorer at LIU, and is one of the most dominating offensive players I have ever seen, so I feel like she will do a great job as a head coach. I think this will be a great opportunity for Adria to learn a lot of things from her, and grow as a player.”
Although the Hornets have yet to earn a win this season with their tough schedule of games against multiple top 10 teams in the Shore Conference, Ostafi hopes her new team and being a member of a new athletic program will show different results.
“I am really excited that we are going to be the school’s first women’s lacrosse team, and I think we are going to bond because of that reason, and I hope we all come together and show our conference that just because we are a new team we still have a lot to bring to the table,” said Ostafi.
“I met Amy Rizzo and I know what a great player she was and she is going to be a great coach that pushes us hard, motivates us before each game, and gets the team in tip top shape,” she said.
Ostafi has played lacrosse since she was a freshman, but she started in a different position other than in the net.
“I started playing in ninth grade,” said Ostafi. “I used to be a field player, and then I decided my sophomore year that I wanted to switch and play goalie.”
In addition to being an outstanding athlete in lacrosse, Ostafi also plays for the Holmdel volleyball team, and is a fine student in the classroom. She plans on studying physical therapy and a minor in athletic training when she enters her freshman year at Caldwell next fall.
Caldwell College added women’s lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport for the 2013-2014 academic year, and will compete in the Central Atlantic Conference at the NCAA Division II level.