Meet the Mid Presented by Verizon Wireless ... Elaina Ponchione
Senior Elaina Ponchione works with a dolphin during a summer internship.
Feb. 8, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy women's lacrosse senior Elaina Ponchione is the latest Midshipman to be featured in the 'Meet the Mid' series. Ponchione enters her senior season as Navy's all-time leader in goalie wins (36). She was an All-Patriot League Second Team selection as a freshman in 2009 and has played 55 games in goal for the Mids during her career.
The Navy women's lacrosse team will open its fifth season of Division I varsity lacrosse at High Point on February 11. The Mids will have their home opener on February 15 against William & Mary at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy has won the past two Patriot League championships and advanced to both the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Name: Elaina Ponchione
Hometown: Silver Spring, Md.
Major: General Science
Service Selection: Surface Warfare
My Proudest Moment At Navy: Beating Ohio State in 2011. That was my biggest contribution to the team in my four years here and I've never played with as much passion.
The Best Thing About Playing Navy Women's Lacrosse Is: The friendships that I've made and the intensity that we bring to the field.
My Favorite Coach Timchal Saying: "Best Day Ever."
I Chose Navy Because: I have always wanted to give back to my country and knew since the fourth grade that I was meant to be Midshipman.
The Best Player I Have Ever Played Against: Our coach, Waags (Kristen Waagbo)!
Team I Would Like To Add To The Schedule: Loyola (Md.)
If I Could Trade Places With One Of My Teammates For A Day It Would Be: Abby Ellis. I'd give anything to have her footwork, athletic stance and defensive skills.
I First Started Playing Lacrosse When I Was: I started playing lacrosse in the eighth grade when my dad began coaching a team. I played midfield and had horrible stick skills, not mention I'm not a talented runner! I stuck with midfield through that season and had no intentions of touching a stick after that. When high school tryouts rolled around all of my friends convinced me to come out for the team. I had little faith in making it, so I decided to go for goalie, which was the only position the coaches were scrambling to fill.
My Dream Job: Being a dolphin trainer.
The Best Sporting Event That I Have Ever Attended: Navy women's soccer beating Army in the regular season in 2011.
My Favorite "Other" Navy Team: Women's volleyball and women's soccer.
My Favorite Class I Have Taken At Navy: Anything oceanography related.
When My Parents Are In Town I Like To: Go out to eat delicious, non-King Hall food!