By ALEX SPONSELLER Cranston West standout lacrosse player Isabella Tavares made her college decision official, committing to Division II Stonehill to play for the Skyhawks. "e;It's a relief, I was planning on committing much earlier than I did, but once I
By ALEX SPONSELLER Cranston West standout lacrosse player Isabella Tavares made her college decision official, committing to Division II Stonehill to play for the Skyhawks.
“It’s a relief, I was planning on committing much earlier than I did, but once I finally made the commitment, it was a lot off my plate. I saw my friends still struggling with their college commitments, so I was happy to get that off my plate,” said Tavares, who based her decision on the campus as well as her familiarity with her future team. “I really liked the small campus and they have really good athletics. I have also been doing their camp for like three years, so I am very comfortable with that camp and that team, so it kind of felt like home even before I got there.”
Tavares is expecting a big jump up in the level of competition, going from high school to Division II.
“It will be a lot harder than what I am doing now and I will have to figure out my time management. I have a summer packet of workouts, I did an official visit where I got to learn what it is like to go to a game and practice. Hopefully my summer leagues will get going soon,” said Taveres.
On top of that, she will also be starting off at a new position, converting from midfield and attack to defensive midfield at the next level. Although it will be an adjustment, Tavares is confident that she will be able to make the transition.
“I will definitely have to work on my footwork, as a defender, that’s the biggest thing you need to work on. On offense, it’s more about practicing attacking, but now, I’ll have to work on my footwork and making contact with the player that I’m playing. I don’t think it will be a bad transition,” said Tavares.
Looking toward the next level, Tavares is excited to meet a new group of teammates that love the sport as much as she does.
“I’m looking forward to making new friends and playing on a sports team. Getting to travel, be with the girls. Lacrosse has always been very important to me so to be with other girls that are as passionate about it alongside me is really nice. I already know a lot of girls on the team, so getting to travel with them and play with them will be nice,” said Tavares.
Although she missed out on her final year at West, a year in which she would have been team captain, she appreciates the time she spent there and the friends she made in the program.
“I’ll miss the team bonding, during captains practice we had a lot of fun together,” Tavares said. “I’ll miss the city cup as well, painting the cars, doing our hair, getting breakfast, that was my favorite part. But I will miss playing with the girls and being with them.”