Ava Ruggieri

Ava Ruggieri

Graduation Year

2020

Position

Midfield

High School

Padua Academy

College

Villanova University (DI)

Why did you pick this college?

I chose Villanova University because it has everything I was looking for in a college. The school has a great academic reputation, beautiful campus and strong lacrosse program. In addition, Villanova is close to home, which will allow me to spend more time with my family. Lastly, I love the coaches and the overall atmosphere on the campus. Go Cats!!

What advice would you give to younger Blast players beginning the recruiting process?

I would recommend that players remain patient during the recruiting process and consult with the coaches if guidance is needed. It can be stressful, but if you play to the best of your ability and have faith, you will end up at the school meant for you. Remember to email those college coaches!

What’s your favorite part of playing for Blast?

My favorite part of playing for Philly Blast is the friendships I have made with my teammates. Playing with such a talented group of girls has challenged me and made me a better player.

What other colleges were you considering?

Davidson College, High Point University

Achievements, other sports or activities, etc

Second Team All-Catholic as a Sophomore, Played for Eastern Shore at National Tournament, Varsity Indoor Track and Field, Varsity Outdoor Track and Field, National Honors Society, Student Ambassador, Sophomore Class Officer for Student Council, Junior Class Officer for Student Council, Students in Action Member, Distinguished Honor Roll, Principal’s Award, Blue Gold/Project Unify Club, Blue Gold/Project Unify Board Member, Math Madness Club, Mock Trial Club, Green Pandas Club, Camp Rainbow Volunteer

Additional Comments

I would like to express my gratitude to coaches Josie Ferri Tomaino and Julie Young for helping me grow into the player I am today. Josie is an outstanding coach and has guided me throughout the recruiting process. Julie has always challenged me to improve my game, and I am so grateful that she gave me this amazing opportunity. Finally, I would like to thank my parents for their endless love and support.

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