Courtesy Hofstra Athletic CommunicationsUp until Corrine Gandolfi’s senior year at Northport High School she had visions of playing college basketball but soon realized that lacrosse was her best option at excelling at the highest level of collegiate competition. If Gandolfi had pursued basketball in college it would have most likely been at a Division II school but thanks to her decision to concentrate on lacrosse Hofstra’s senior tri-captain midfielder is playing at the highest level of the sport and is hoping to lead the 17th ranked Pride to the NCAA Tournament.
"Lacrosse just had a lot more opportunities for me so I chose that road," said Gandolfi. “I wouldn’t change it for anything else."
Hofstra women’s lacrosse head coach Abby Morgan is sure happy at Gandolfi’s decision four years ago as the Northport High School product has been an offensive force since arriving in Hempstead for the 2007 season when she earned All-Colonial Athletic Association accolades and led the Pride to its last conference title and NCAA Tournament berth. After a sophomore year plagued by a knee injury that limited some of her offensive production, Gandolfi exploded as a junior with 45 goals, which earned her First team All-CAA honors and an invite to play for United States Developmental Team.
Despite Gandolfi’s numerous individual accomplishments nothing would mean more to her than reclaiming that CAA title she experienced as a freshman. As a senior knowing that her days playing college women’s lacrosse are numbered Gandolfi has tried to leave no stone unturned and worked extra hard both on the field and in the locker room being a leader to the underclassmen. Thanks to Gandolfi's leadership on and off the field Hofstra finds itself 8-3 and 2-0 in the CAA with two critical road games at George Mason and James Madison this weekend.
"I just want to make it to the NCAA Tournament and get as far as we can," she said. "I believe that we have the talent to be one of the top teams in the nation."
When Gandolfi's Hofstra lacrosse career draws to a close the physical education major is hoping to land a teaching job and coach the sport she loves. She is also considering trying to play for the Hofstra women's basketball team while taking graduate classes. However her current focus is squarely on making the most of her last chance to capture the CAA title she experienced as a freshman.
“You never want to take any opportunity for granted,” she said. “You always want to take every opportunity because you don’t want to regret anything.”