Rising junior Gianna Danese of the Mater Dei Monarchs is the Athletes Choice Workhorse of the Week.
When asked what Danese means to the Mater Dei Program, head coach Cressita Bowman described what it means to be a “workhorse” through her response.
“Gia is a worker” Bowman stated by email. “She is fast, feisty, and fierce. Gia can handle pressure and is very tough. Her nickname is “Groundball Gia” because she is first to the ball and excellent at winning 50/50’s.”
To appreciate Danese’s dedication, one need look no further than her rigorous schedule this summer that included camps, tournaments, and a training program.
Soon after helping the Monarchs win their second consecutive Southern Section championship, Danese traveled to New Haven, CT to play in the Women’s National Tournament. Danese and her Orange County teammates captured first place at the WNT for the first time ever.
Danese added to her summer highlights with All-Star selections at the Stanford and UC Berkeley camps. Additionally, she competed in America’s Finest Rivalry, The Pacific Lacrosse Tournament, The Grind, the Capital Cup, and CU-Boulder camp.
In between tournaments and camps, Danese found time to improve her game at the Athletes Choice sports club in Rancho Santa Margarita during the week.
“Gianna has a ton of talent and she is an athlete,” said Nick Tintle, owner of Athletes Choice and a two-time All-American at North Carolina, by text message. “She is fast, explosive, strong and quick, but her offense was a little rusty. We added some dodges to compliment her speed and quickness and you can see her confidence starting to emerge. I think she is going to have a break out year on the offensive side for Mater Dei after helping them on the defensive side the last two years.”
Bowman also has high hopes for Danese next season and notes that her work ethic helps make her teammates better.
“She is someone who is always going at 110% and pushing the pace for herself and her teammates to improve,” Bowman said. “She always has a smile on her face and knows how to laugh things off. Her positive energy and competitive spirit make her a leader and part of the backbone of our team.”
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