Athlete of the Month: Julia DiTosto

photo: Catherine Curran-Groome

photo: Catherine Curran-Groome

Julia DiTosto ’15 has been a part of maintaining a tradition of team unity on the PHS varsity field hockey team since her freshman year. She has also added to the tradition by taking a leadership role as a co-captain this year with Campbell McDonald ’15 and Lucy Herring ’15.

“I started playing in middle school as something to do—just as a sport to play. I didn’t start playing competitively until freshman year because that was when I realized I really had a passion for it,” DiTosto said.

Along with playing on varsity all four years of high school, DiTosto has also been a part of club teams since her freshman year. DiTosto played on three different club teams during high school, and is currently with the Princeton Field Hockey Club Team.

Now a co-captain, DiTosto has various responsibilities on and off the field. “[As captains], we have to make sure everyone is giving out good vibes at practice and games so we’re … being positive on the field,” said DiTosto. “We [also] have to make sure that we are being good role models and … [organizing] team-bonding activities.” Among other events, the field hockey team has bonded over pool nights, hibachi dinners, and laser tag. According to DiTosto, these team social activities allow the girls to become close and communicate well.

“I think my school team is all really good friends,” she said. “We all hang out at school, even if it’s not field hockey related. My favorite thing [about field hockey] is realizing that there are nine other girls around you who are all supporting you and want you to do well.”

Preferring mid-positions, DiTosto is able to continue her leadership in games as center mid and left back. “I like center mid because you can see the field really well, and you’re the distributor of the ball [since] you’re in the middle of the field,” said DiTosto. “You get to play defense and offense, and you’re running a lot so you get to be moving all of the time.”

DiTosto plans to continue her field hockey career on into college and potentially after college as well.

“I’m planning on playing at Stanford University for the next four years …  Maybe I’ll try a coaching job [after college], but [either way] I want to keep it being a part of my life because it’s just so important to me.”

 

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