Charlotte Catholic junior lacrosse player Natalie Italiano is one of the top lacrosse players in the community. The daughter of Steve and Amy Italiano has been a starter for the team since her freshman year and she was named a 2014 Honorable Mention High School All American. Her talents played a key role in helping the Cougars win the 2014 State Championship. With the season coming to an end soon, Natalie and her teammates are hard at work on a repeat title. Let’s go Beyond The Game to learn more about Natalie.
When did you start playing lacrosse and why?
I started playing lacrosse in 7th grade by doing small girls lacrosse clinics. I grew up watching my brother play lacrosse and I wanted to give it a try!

What is the favorite part of the game for you?

I’m a very competitive person so I love when the games are close. I think the better the competition, the better my teammates and I push ourselves to win.
What are your top three athletic accomplishments?

My top three athletic accomplishments are starting as a freshman for the Charlotte Catholic Varsity Team, making the North Carolina National Tournament A Team, and winning the State Championship in 2014

What is your favorite memory from lacrosse?

My favorite lacrosse memory is winning the State Championship this past season along with the Boys Varsity Team. Not only was it a huge accomplishment that both teams had worked for all season, but it also made the bonds of both teams grow incredibly strong. I love being able to share the State Title with some of my best friends.

What are you lacrosse goals this year?

For me, I would like to improve my defensive part of the game. I think even on attack it is important to utilize defensive skills in re-defending and in the midfield. As a team we are always working towards our ultimate goal, to win another state championship.

How well do you perform in the classroom?
I have maintained A-B honor roll in the classroom all three years of high school.

Are you involved in any community service activities?
I try to give back to younger girls who are new to lacrosse and want to play by giving them lessons on weekdays and weekends.