Two Sport Marvel
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 was a special night for Lisa Bianchini. That night, standing in front of her peers and coaches, she was named Howard Community College’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year at the annual Dragon Awards Banquet. “To be in front of everyone…it was awesome,” she recalls. “That was the best award of my life.”
For Lisa — known as “LB” to her teammates — winning the award came as a result of years of hard work, preparation, and dedication. Her interest in sports started early — she began playing soccer at age five — and continued to grow after she discovered lacrosse as a freshman at Montgomery Blair High School. She quickly picked up the sport, and when she began her freshman year at HCC, she decided to continue playing both soccer and lacrosse for the Dragons.
While LB excels at both sports, soccer remains her favorite. After a great freshman year, LB was selected for the following honors: 1st Team All Maryland Junior College Conference (MDJUCO), South Central All-Region Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, 1st Team All-Tournament at Region XX and at Nationals, and 2nd Team All-America by the National Junior College Athletic Association. As a sophomore, she led the team by scoring 10 goals, 25 points, and contributing with stellar defensive play.
LB’s lacrosse accomplishments include being named to the women’s 2014 1st Team All MD JUCO as a midfielder. She also earned All-Tournament Team for MDJUCO and Region XX. She was third on the Dragons with 22 goals and first in MDJUCO with 25 ground balls, the statistic for controlling the ball after it hits the ground.
For her leadership on and off the field, LB was voted captain by her lacrosse teammates. She leads by example, working hard to stay fit and always putting 100% effort into her game. LB is often easy to spot during soccer and lacrosse games — just look for the player taking control of the ball and sprinting past opponents.
LB’s coaches consider her the quintessential student-athlete. “She is very competitive, determined and self-motivated,” says Kate Seagroves, head coach of women’s soccer. “She’s just a delightful person,” adds Diana Carey, head coach of women’s lacrosse. And while she plays hard on the field; LB works just as hard in the classroom, earning a 3.4 Grade Point Average. “I love it here at HCC,” she says. “I like my courses, my professors, and smaller classes.” Her future plans include attending a four-year school with a Division II program. She is pursuing a degree in Secondary Education and wants to become a Physical Education teacher.
LB credits much of her success to her parents, who have continued to provide encouragement and attending all of LB’s games throughout the years. Her father, a former soccer coach, is a big influence on her development as a student-athlete. With that support, LB’s future looks bright on and off the field, and she’ll likely enjoy many more special moments like the one she experienced this past May.