The transition from high school lacrosse to college lacrosse can be difficult for most student athletes, but for Becca Joseph, senior captain and fourth generation lacrosse player, this was never a problem as she has been able to excel at both levels throughout her career.
Joseph started her athletic career by playing soccer, but she didn’t find her passion until the seventh grade, when she started playing lacrosse. She began playing the sport to continue her family’s tradition – her father, brother and two sisters grew up playing lacrosse. Once Joseph began high school at St. Ursula Academy, she started to dedicate the time to developing her craft so she can become one of the best. With help of her father, head lacrosse coach at St. Ursula, she was able to earn all-state honors both her junior and senior year.
“Playing for my father was an amazing experience,” Joseph said. “He never missed a game and without him my passion for the sport wouldn’t be the same.”
Joseph’s success didn’t stop once she graduated from high school. She has seen plenty of success since becoming a member of the Wittenberg Tigers Lacrosse Team. She has won three varsity letters, multiple all-conference honors and all-region honors, as well as being named team captain for her senior season. Even with all of these accomplishments, Joseph still wants to accomplish one more thing before her senior season comes to a conclusion.
“I want to win the conference championship and play in the national tournament. Every year we run the regular season, but fall short when it comes time for the tournament,” Joseph said. “We have a really good team this year and I’m excited to see what we are able to do.”
After playing lacrosse for 10 years, Joseph has been able to collect countless moments that she will never forget, but her favorite moment came during her sophomore season in a game against Oberlin College. Oberlin had the lead over the Tigers as the clock was dangerously close to zero, however, this didn’t faze Joseph because she was able to score on Oberlin, sending the game into overtime. The game came to a conclusion in heroic fashion as Joseph scored the game winning goal from eight meters out.
Balancing athletics and academic can be a difficult task for any student athlete, but for Joseph this has never been a problem. She admitted that it is difficult to manage her time during the season, but knowing how busy her schedule is helps her take advantage of her free time and use it in the most beneficial way possible.
Once Joseph’s college career comes to an end, she plans to attend graduate school for sports administration. Until that day, students can come see Joseph and the rest of the women’s lacrosse team dominating opponents on Edwards-Maurer Field. The team’s first home game is on March 16 at 5 p.m. against the Mount Union Raiders.