Under Armour Lacrosse All-America Player Watch: GIRLS
5′ 6″, Class of 2014
Hometown: Farmingdale, NY
High School: Farmingdale
Club: Long Island Yellow Jackets
Future College: Massachusetts
Notables: Under Armour Underclass All-Tournament (2013)
Coaches Say: “Sam has the ability to neutralize the opponent’s top offensive threat, while never sacrificing the desire to push the ball up the field, and generate offense from the defensive end.” (Anonymous club coach)
BY THE BOOK – A Few Thoughts from ESPNU Lacrosse Analyst Booker Corrigan:
Sam has an incredible level of toughness that is not only something that gets into her opponents heads, but it is also contagious to her team, which raises their toughness both mentally as well as physically. From a purely defensive standpoint, she is in a league of her own in her ability to dominate that end of the field. She has led her teams to more championship titles than we can list, and UMass is getting a great leader, as well as a tremendous competitor.
Booker’s Movie Quote: The movie quote that fits Sam was delivered by Demi Moore in “A Few Good Men.” When Lt. Cdr. Galloway [Moore] states why she likes the two Marines on trial, she says: “Because they stand on a wall and say, ‘Nothing’s going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch.’”
That is the way Sam plays, she gives nothing up. Not on her watch.
A FEW QUESTIONS – Samantha Brescia
What were the main factors in your college decision? The main factors of my college decision were to find a school that met my academic and athletic expectations. I also wanted to be somewhere my family could easily travel to so they could see my games and be able to visit.
Do you play other sports in high school? Yes, I played basketball and soccer throughout high school. Also, when I was about seven years old, I begged my parents to let me play tackle football with the same local football organization my older brother played for. They caved and let me play one year.
How would you describe the style of your game? I think I play pretty aggressive. I do my best to give the offense the hardest time possible for getting open and getting to the cage. I also try to be very cerebral and try to anticipate what the opponent’s next possible moves will be before they do it.
What college player do you most admire? The college player I admire the most would be my brother [Carl, a linebacker at Merrimack College]. He is hard worker and is constantly doing what he can to become bigger and stronger. The drive that he has is what made him the great football player he is today. I know he can accomplish whatever he puts his mind to.
Do you have a favorite play? I don’t have any specific plays but whenever we make plays on defense and I’m able to bring up the ball it’s always fun.
What is your perfect post game meal? I like to go to Applebee’s.
What song best describes your game? “This is War” by Thirty Seconds to Mars. I listen to it before every game.
If you could be on any other sport’s professional team, which team would it be? If I could play on any other sports professional team it would be the Carolina Panthers in the NFL.
What song would you sing if you had to sing karaoke to save your own life? I would sing anything country.
What lacrosse memory brings you joy when you are stuck in traffic? Winning the New York State championships in 2013. One of the best moments of my life.
What is your favorite sports movie? Probably “We are Marshall” or “Remember the Titans.”
What rule would you like to add, or remove, from the lacrosse rule book? The rule I would remove from the rule book would be: when playing defense they don’t let you drop your stick horizontally. It drives me crazy.
What one specific college lacrosse game do you wish you had played? I wish I could have played in any of the final four games (with UMass of course). They’re insane. I love the crowd and how so many people come together for two days unlike any other college games.