The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse program will recognize its five graduating seniors leading up to the regular-season home finale against La Salle this Sunday, April 14. Today's senior spotlight will feature the versatile Hayley Sabol, who has played in a program-record 69 games and has recorded over 100 career points during her four-year career for the Crimson and Gray.
"Hayley is a great leader on and off the field," said Donato. "Every day, she gives 100% and encourages all her teammates around her to play to the best of their abilities. She especially stepped up for us big time this season to help lead our attack. She has become one of my best friends throughout these four years, and I could not be more proud to call her my teammate."
“Hayley is the dark horse of St. Joe's lacrosse," added Lane. "She flies under the radar only to pop up and make the other team pay with her unstoppable dodges, her bullet of a shot, incredible knowledge of the game, and guidance and direction on the field for her teammates. But more than that, she is one of the best friends anyone can ever have. She is the type of teammate to know what you need before you know yourself. Playing the last four years with Hayley has been a privilege as she has not only improved and developed into the player she is today, but has helped everyone she has played with to grow and become better players themselves. I’m proud to have been able to play with her on Sweeney Field, and even more proud to call her a lifelong friend.”
1. What is your favorite Saint Joseph’s lacrosse memory?
My favorite lacrosse memory would be beating Villanova my senior year. After coming so close the previous three years, there was something special about winning in my final season. It was the first time we beat Nova since 2009, and there was something special about doing it my senior year with this team.
2. How would you like to be remembered as a member of the Saint Joseph’s lacrosse team?
I would like to be remembered as not only a motivating and encouraging captain but also as a funny, sarcastic, joyful teammate who brings enthusiasm and energy to her teammates each and every day. Playing a Division 1 sport is not always easy, but I would like to be remembered as someone who brought a little light to the tough times.
3. What is the biggest life lesson that the Saint Joseph’s lacrosse program has taught you?
The biggest life lesson that SJU lacrosse has taught me over the years would be to enjoy everything you are faced with, even the little things. Time flies when you're having fun, and if you don’t take the time to enjoy the little moments, your four years at this school and on this team will fly by and you’ll wish you had taken the time to appreciate it.
4. What will you miss most about the Saint Joseph's lacrosse program?
What I will definitely miss most about the SJU lacrosse program is getting to hang out everyday with my best friends. The relationships you build over the years go further then any other friendship you could make. We go through everything together, and having your teammates always there for you no matter if its lacrosse, school, or anything personal is something I will miss the most. I will also miss Bec, Sinead, Fran, and Ally!
5. Team superlatives:
Best dancer: Bec Lane.
Best-dressed: Skylar Dorenkamp.
Favorite shooting song of a teammate: "7 rings" by Ariana Grande (Bridget Cerciello's.)
Favorite tailgate food: Mrs. Smith's strawberry shortcake.
Favorite lacrosse drill: 3v2 Dom.
Favorite coach's quote: “Ahhh we’re doing it.” –Head coach Alex Kahoe
Thank you, seniors. The Hawk Will Never Die!