AOTW: Sarah Carlini, junior lacrosse player

The Beacon: Female Athlete of the Week Mar. 26 – Apr. 1 Why Sarah Carlini was selected: Carlini earned the Defensive Player of the Week honor after stopping 12-of-18 shots for a .667 save percentage in a 10-6 win over Mount Saint Mary for her sixth win of the season.


Kirsten Peters

Female Athlete of the Week: Sarah Carlini, junior lacrosse player

Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor

Name: Sarah Carlini

Year: Junior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Collegeville, Pa.

High School: Pope John Paul II HS

Position: Goalie

Driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

I wanted to play lacrosse at a competitive level while pursuing a mechanical engineering degree from a strong engineering program. Wilkes was one of the few schools that allowed me to both. 

Post graduation plans in terms of a career?

I want to work in the mechanical engineering field, or possibly pursue graduate studies in engineering.

When/Why did you first begin playing?

I started lacrosse in fifth grade because I heard it was similar to field hockey and my school was trying to start a team. So, I went to the first few practices and I loved it right away. I didn’t start as a goalie until a year or so later when my coach, Tom Brennan, asked me to try it out.

Favorite thing to do during practice?

I really enjoy practicing with Coach Burkarth and Coach Jessy in warmup, as well as having the opportunity to work with Coach Connor, the men’s goalie coach.  

Hopes for this season as a Colonel?

Our team is very talented this year and we work well together, so I’m hoping we can make it to the MAC championship.

If you had to choose one thing about your program that you could improve, what would it be?

To improve our program, I simply want there to be greater awareness of the talent that our program possesses.

Other interests or hobbies off of the field?

I’ve always enjoyed art and drawing, and I like watching movies.

Favorite professor?

Dr. Nazzal because he helped me to better understand physics and I’ve been able to go to him for advice as a student-athlete.

Favorite building on campus?

Stark. I’m in the new engineering wing all the time, especially in the collaboration rooms.

Favorite meal to eat on campus?

I love the wraps from the POD.  

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke, especially vanilla Coke. 

Most influential person in your life?

My family is really important to me, and my dad has always been there for me. He’s watched every game and brought me to every practice as a kid. I can always look to him for advice and help every day, no matter what. 

If you could have dinner with a famous person from the past, who would it be?

Abraham Lincoln. He’s my favorite president and I think his life was really interesting.

A quote you live your life by?

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?

To me, “Be Colonel” means leading by example and serving others before yourself. 

Anyone to give a shout-out to?

My teammates, my friends in the engineering program and my sister!

-Compiled by Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor