Name: Micheline DiNardo
School: Rye High School
Sport: Girls lacrosse
Athletic accomplishments: DiNardo allowed seven goals per game and averaged 10 saves per game this season. She has over 500 saves in her varsity career. The Garnets are 45-21-2 whith DiNardo starting in net. She’s been a starter on the varsity for the last four years and was named all-league all four years. She was named all-section for the last three years. The captain of the Rye girls lacrosse team was named a U.S. Lacrosse all-American and U.S. Lacrosse academic all-American (2015) and led the Garnets to three league championships. DiNardo’s been a member of the Connecticut Grizzlies Lacrosse Club since 2011. She’s ranked among the top 50 goalies in the country. DiNardo’s committed to play in net for Georgetown next year, committing her sophomore year.
Academic accomplishments: DiNardo has a 92.22 GPA. She’s taken at least five AP and college-level courses. She’s looking to study psychology with a minor in sociology next year when she gets to Georgetown. She scored a 24 composite on the ACTs. After school, DiNardo’s a member of Mission for Girls Club. The group raises money to send a young lady to school in Kenya. She’s also a member of the Animal Welfare Club and the RHS Student Council, a student rep on the Athletic Advisory Committee, and a club officer for the Adopt a U.S. Soldier Club. She’s a photographer for the school newspaper and participated in the Awards Assembly committee. DiNardo also volunteers her time to be the team manager for the Garnets’ basketball team doing the stats. She helps coach the kids at the Rye Youth Soccer Camps and the Rye Youth Lacrosse Clinics. She’s volunteered her time with Harlem Lacrosse.
Getting to know Micheline DiNardo
The Journal News: Your thoughts on the 2016 girls lacrosse season.
Micheline DiNardo: We ended on Monday in the semifinals, losing to Yorktown, and I’d say it’s probably the best game we played all season. We lost 9-7. Normally, against Yorktown we’d get destroyed. So to lose by two goals is huge. Everyone played well. It started from the offense to the transition in midfield to the defense. Everyone had a great game. We won our league. We would’ve liked to get to the championship. I think everyone’s happy that we played well in our last game.
TJN: Did you always play goalie or did you ever play offense?
MD: Actually, I played both offense and attack. In RYL (Rye Youth Lacrosse) I played goalie for a half then I’d go play attack for the other half. I did that for about four years before I decided to be just a goalie every game. I started focusing on being a goalie when I was in eighth grade and I was pulled up to JV that year. When I got pulled up to varsity in ninth grade, that’s when I really started focusing on what I had to do as a goalie.
TJN: Now that you’ve been playing goalie for a while, do you miss being up on offense?
MD: I definitely do. I joke with my teammates about how maybe one game I’d play attack or something – how they all want to see me on the field. In the winter league I play in Connecticut, I’ve played the field a couple of times.
TJN: Now that you’ve committed to Georgetown, was playing college lacrosse something you always wanted to do?
MD: I was a big UVA (University of Virginia) fan. I always wanted to go to UVA. One day, I thought I could play lacrosse for UVA and I had a goalie coach (Chris Buck) who I told that to and he pretty much laughed in my face and said, ‘good luck to you.’ After that, I was like ‘OK, maybe not.’ After learning that a friend was playing goalie at UVA, I didn’t know what to do. So I kept playing and came to the realization there’s other places I can play. Why UVA? Since then, I kept working and went to camps. I started to see myself grow and I realized I can play goalie at the Division I level. I just put in the work and it got me to where I am today.
TJN: Now looking back on that moment, did you use that as motivation?
MD: It’s so clear that the day I met him I could barely stop a ball. I was so scared and pretty much run out of the goal. It’s crazy how much he’s helped me to get to Georgetown. I definitely wanted to prove him wrong.
TJN: Why do you want to study psychology and minor in sociology?
MD: I took AP psychology last year and that was one of the most interesting classes I’ve ever taken. I just loved it so much. I thought that all of that psychology combined, I think I’d really like that. Just to see what I can see what else I can dig deep and get out of it and possibly do something with it later in life. With sociology, I’m really big into criminology. I’ve always wanted to be in the FBI. So, minoring in sociology within that, there’s a criminology class I’d take so it would help a lot.
TJN: So, do you want to be an FBI agent?
MD: I’m still deciding what I want to do – if I want to be an FBI agent or go into teaching. Everyday, it changes. I’m not too sure what I want do with my life, but I’ve narrowed it down to two choices.
TJN: How great was it to help out that young lady in Kenya get to go to school through Mission for Girls Club?
MD: That was awesome. One of my friends is the president of that club. She’s worked so hard to set up funds and we’ve done so many bake sales, fundraisers and we’ve raised so much money, We wrote letters to her and it was so awesome. She wrote back to us. We had a great communication with her and being able to send one person to school, just a few of us, is huge. This is club is not well known at Rye and it’s awesome.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.