Alumni Profile: Eastern Lacrosse’s Alina Odjemski

Alumni Profile: Eastern Lacrosse’s Alina Odjemski

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Our first Alumni Profile of the week features Eastern women’s lacrosse player Alina Odjemski. Here is our conversation.

What factors helped you choose Eastern? The biggest factor that helped me choose Eastern is that it is ranked nationally as being a top Christian University. Also, when I met the players on the women’s lacrosse team and its coaches, I appreciated how nice and genuine they were and fell in love with them, reassuring that Eastern was the right choice for me. 

Major? Communications with a focus in media.

Most memorable moment from CHS athletic career? I think it’s tied between my shutout and beating Holy Cross my junior year.

Favorite movie? The Proposal

Favorite song? Highway to Hell by AC/DC

Favorite class so far in college? I took a life fitness class that I really enjoyed.  It was a specific class for athletes and I really enjoyed learning about proper ways to care for my body before and after a practice or game.

Favorite post-game snack or meal? Chocolate milk, it helps prevent muscle breakdown after a workout because it provides you carbohydrates that helps build muscle tissue.  And it’s delicious!

Favorite class at CHS? Algebra 2 with Mr. Gill.

Who first got you interested in playing lacrosse? I became interested in lacrosse because I decided I no longer wanted to play softball anymore my freshman year, and I thought I would try lacrosse because I still wanted to play a sport and be involved with athletics.

What is your favorite part of the sport? A nice full field transition.

What advice can you give seniors wanting to continue their careers in college? One of the best things is that you are being coached by multiple different coaches. Each coach knows something different that helps you improve your game. I would not be deterred from playing if you are afraid of being trained harder because all your coaches want if for you to be the best player you can be.

What part of your game has improved the most since playing in college? Being a goalie I have become stronger with my left hand and I also come out of the net more to get ground balls and to help transition the ball.

Was it difficult to adjust to the college game? It was a little difficult because the game becomes faster and more intense, and in college defenders are aloud to run through the crease and that took some time to get used to. However, I really enjoy playing at the collegiate level and think I adjusted well.

Is there any one thing in particular you learned on the fields at CHS that helped you in the early part of your collegiate career? High school taught me how to stay composed on the field and how to mentally overcome tough situations. 

Image courtesy of Alina Odjemski

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com