Athletic feature: Stella Jaunich (Lacrosse)

Stella Jaunich has played lacrosse throughout her time in high school.

The Catalyst / Mia Muzzi

Stella Jaunich has played lacrosse throughout her time in high school.

The Catalyst interviewed senior Stella Jaunich, one of NDB’s Varsity Lacrosse captains. While being on ASB has kept her busy, she has made sure to dedicate her time to the team and continues to make more memories. She reflects on her time spent playing lacrosse at NDB and is sad to leave however looks forward to what’s coming next.

The Catalyst (TC): Tell me a little bit about your lacrosse history? Have you always played here at NDB?

Stella Januich: (SJ): I started playing Lacrosse in 7th grade. I have played all four years of NDB Varsity Lacrosse and played in and taught clubs and clinics almost every off-season.

TC: How do you feel about it being your last season as a player at NDB?

SJ: I am so sad that this is my last season at NDB, lacrosse is something that makes me so happy so thinking about never playing again for Notre Dame is something I regularly try to ignore. Not only do I enjoy playing and expanding my skills, but I also love being with the team and coach, and everything about lacrosse makes me never want to leave.

TC: What has been the highlight of your experience?

SJ: It’s so hard to pinpoint a highlight because every year I’ve played, it has been a new experience with new people. I think generally, I love the middle of the season because the team starts to understand how each other plays and we start to win more and more games, as well as make greater connections together. Winning is fun- everyone likes it, but when we work hard to get to a place where winning comes from within the team instead of individual players, winning feels different, deserved, and worked for, rather than given.

TC: What is something you would like to tell an incoming athlete about NDB’s lacrosse team?

I would tell an incoming athlete that Lacrosse is one of the best sports at NDB, although we are not the best, we are best friends and make memories as a team that will last forever.”

— Stella Jaunich

SJ: I would tell an incoming athlete that Lacrosse is one of the best sports at NDB, although we are not the best, we are best friends and make memories as a team that will last forever. Lacrosse is fun, and we laugh all the time, but we also work hard. It’s an easy sport to just jump into so it’s great for girls wanting to learn something new without any experience. Also, we go to Jamba juice a lot

TC: Are you planning on playing lacrosse in college? Or what are your future plans for the sport?

SJ: I would love to play lacrosse in college, if not a division team, definitely a club. After that, it would be cool to be a coach and continue my love for the sport.