Female Athlete of the Week, Alexa Rango, sophomore ice hockey player

The Beacon: Female Athlete of the Week Jan. 26 to Feb. 2 Why Alexa Rango was selected: Rango recorded 32 saves and a 94.1 save percentage in her first career victory with Wilkes’ 4-2 win over Lebanon Valley, earning her the UCHC North Goaltender of the Week and the MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.


Female Athlete of the Week: Alexa Rango

Name: Alexa Rango

Year: Sophomore

Major: Criminology & Psychology

Minor: Sociology & WGS

Hometown: Hopewell Junction, N.J.

High School: Hoosac Preparatory 

Position: Goalie

Driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

The opportunity to double major and be able to play the sport that I love.

Post graduation plans in terms of a career?

My end goal is to work in one of the many criminal investigation units of the FBI. 

Favorite building on campus? 

Breiseth Hall.

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

The chicken. 

Hopes for this season as a Colonel?

To continue to grow our program into a successful, playoff-bound team. 

When/Why did you first begin playing?

I first began roller hockey at seven years old and transitioned to ice hockey at 12 years old. I made the decision to become a goalie at the age of nine.

Favorite thing to do during practice?

Small area games and shootouts.

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

Our practice times. Five a.m. is not optimal.

Other interests or hobbies off of the ice? 

Cooking, writing poetry, reading and music.

Most influential person(s) in your life?

Both my mother and father have been the biggest influences in my life. Both of them have given me the strength and drive that I possess today. They have supported me through everything and have taught me to do everything with a purpose. 

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

Henrik Lundqvist.

Favorite professor?

Professors Wilczak, Wiernik and Newell.

Coke or Pepsi?

Espresso shots.

Favorite meal to eat on campus?

Upscale prime rib at the SUB.

A quote you live your life by?

“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?

To me, “Be Colonel” means striving to be the best in academics and athletics in order to represent Wilkes University and the amazing community we have here on campus.

Anyone to give a shout-out to?

My amazing family and friends.

-Compiled by Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor