Every athlete hates to lose, but some hate to lose more than they like to win.
Rowan lacrosse midfielder and team captain Jamie Blondina is one of those players.
Coach Lindsay Delaney said since her freshman year, Blondina has been a staple for the Profs in all aspects of the game, especially in her leadership abilities. Blondina has a passion and energy that can’t be taught by coaches. Her will to win has rubbed off on her teammates and has been a huge reason for the success that Rowan has had in the past three seasons.
“Jamie encompasses every intangible you would want to coach,” Delaney said. “She is a fierce competitor, she is driven to win and is a natural leader. She has no problem holding people accountable including herself. She’s her worst critic for sure.”
In her freshman season, Blondina was third on the team in goals with 31, and improved to 49 in her sophomore season. Blondina has made it a point to not be satisfied and build off of each season. This year, she is tied for second in goals behind Becca Wood, who has led the team in scoring for the past two years, but her all-around good play has Blondina at the top in total points with 37.
“Every year, I’ll set little goals for myself,” Blondina said. “Like if I had ‘x’ amount of goals one year, I want to definitely have more the next year, building off of every little individual goal that I had.”
Some teams may overlook Blondina because of the tremendous scoring ability that Wood has displayed over the past three seasons, but that does not bother the junior midfielder at all. Blondina is unselfish and actually prefers to distribute rather than score, leading the team in assists this season with 13.
“I like to think of myself as the feeder, like a quarterback in football,” Blondina said. “I like to see everything that’s going on on the field, so for me it’s a much better feeling to know that I transitioned the ball to midfield and hit Becca [Wood] or Rachel [Emmerson] or someone and they have a filthy goal. Sometimes, an assist is better than a goal because you know that you worked to get them the ball.”
Coach Delaney raved about Blondina’s talents and believes that she has the biggest impact on the field.
“She’s even all throughout and she always has been, which is also why people don’t pinpoint her as a goal scorer because she’s going to cause turnovers, she’s going to get draw control, and then she’s going to get her shots,” Delaney said. “If she has an off game, we have an off game, if she’s on, we’re on. It has been like that since she was a freshman.”
Blondina’s hatred of losing gives her the motivation to avenge whatever team beats them, especially a conference rival.
“I want to win over everything,” Blondina said. “Losing is probably one of the worst feelings in the world, especially to a team that we hate, and then I never want to have that feeling again.”