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Student-Athlete Profile: Bennett DellaValle

Name: Bennett DellaValle

Grade: 10

Sport: Lacrosse

Position: Defense → Long Stick


1. When did you start playing this sport? What got you interested in the sport?

I was in 4th grade when I first picked up a lacrosse stick. A lot of my family and friends played and my cousins played at Hamden Hall, so I was always watching the sport and I just got into it. It was always in my family, but seeing people I know enjoy it was a big factor for me to start. Lacrosse is definitely a difficult sport to pick up. It wasn’t the best in the beginning but just pushing through with something you love is always a beneficial idea. I just kept going and now it's probably my favorite sport.


2. What is your favorite part of playing this sport, what's the most exciting part?

Being able to hit someone or play without the worry of getting in trouble, there's no ending like “Oh you're going to the principal's office.” You're just playing the game and you're doing the best you can. There's nothing that's going to come out of the game, it's just fun.


3. How much work have you put into this sport? How often do you practice?

I’ve been playing for a couple years now. I usually practice once a day during the season and out of season I practice around four times a week. It's definitely a time consuming sport, but in the end it's worth it. I also play for the Eclipse Lacrosse club out of New Canaan and that’s fun. This is actually my first year with them, I used to play for Bone Yard which is the team that's out of Yale but they stopped their program and I had to switch.


4. What is your crowning achievement in this sport? What are you most proud of?

A couple months ago, I got invited to play at the Nike National All Star Games. One of the biggest things for lacrosse players is getting slick in your off hand and just learning the game more so it's not always about winning every game or winning the championship. It's just about getting better as a player, with the stick and with your skills.


5. What do you hope to accomplish in the future? Do you plan to continue playing in college?

I’d love to play lacrosse in college. I’m going to try and use it to help with college and getting into the best school I can. It's definitely been a dream of mine.

What would you look for in a college that you'd want to play lacrosse for?

Obviously, a strong academic school, but I’d love a school with a big lacrosse program. More than a club team, but it doesn’t have to be anything crazy. Just as long as I can keep playing.


6. Who’s your favorite athlete (in general) and why?

I have to say Saquon Barkley, he's the running back for the giants. And obviously he’s a good athlete, but because of the ACL tears (an injury he suffered) it shows the younger athletes that even if you're going through something, you can get over it and continue playing.


7. What do you think you could improve on and why?

Definitely some speed, agility, just getting in better shape overall. I could always work on my left hand a little bit. Just little things. I think the biggest thing is motivation, getting in the gym and going to the field when there’s no one there. Most of the progression in the sport is earned when you’re alone and it's not actually practicing with your team. It's a team sport, but a lot of the game is one-on-one.


8. What has been the most challenging aspect of lacrosse?

The competition has been getting better, so just playing with the guys and staying as a team even when you're in situations where you’re losing by ten points. Overcoming it as a team.


9. What are your favorite qualities in a teammate?

Someone who’s trustworthy, someone who’s not going to take the ball up the field and just shoot. Someone who is willing to play as a team and is there to make a mistake and not get mad if someone else does.


10. Any final thoughts, anything you’d like other people to know about you as a lacrosse player? Or words of encouragement?

If anyone at Hamden Hall is reading this and wants to play lacrosse and then they should definitely try out because we need more players.


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