MARS — It didn't take Bella Alampi long to discover how different things were going to be on the lacrosse field at Lafayette College.
Ten seconds, to be exact.
It only took Alampi that long in her collegiate game two years ago to pick up a foul.
“Our senior captain turned to me and said, 'Bella's only been in the game for 10 seconds and she got a yellow card. How did that just happen?'” said Lafayette coach Alison Fisher, chuckling. “I think her freshman year she was a little overwhelmed. She's definitely learned how to rein in her aggressiveness and slow down — she was going a million miles per hour — and use her athleticism to her advantage.”
The Mars native rebounded from a freshman year in which she played sparingly to become a secret weapon for the Leopards last season.
Predominantly coming off the bench, Alampi scored 18 goals in just 17 games as a midfielder.
Not bad for a player who picked up the lacrosse stick for the first time when she was in the eighth grade.
“Most of my teammates and the people we play against have been carrying a stick since they were babies,” Alampi said.
Not so for Alampi, who played just about every other sport — from soccer to softball to basketball, track and field and cross country and even field hockey — before discovering lacrosse.
As soon as she finally got the lacrosse stick in her hand, those other sports faded from her consciousness.
Lacrosse had her.
“I didn't want to play anything else,” Alampi said. “I've loved it since.”
Read the full story in The Cranberry Eagle.