Aidyn Tlusty has been a top lacrosse scorer since third grade.
“I got into it pretty quickly,” Tolsti said. “I joined all the clubs I could, got into all the stick skills programs, and played all year round.”
It’s the team bond and the joy of scoring goals that made the Shenendehowa student fall in love with the sport. He pushes her to improve every day.
“A lot of discipline, hard work, and just keeping playing all year long,” she said.
This hard work pays off. In June, Telsty heads to the European Women’s Lacrosse Championships, selected by StudentathleteWorld to represent the United States.
“It sounded like a lot of fun, especially traveling to a different country,” Telsti said. “I have a lot of heritage in Europe, so I know I can go there and play and act [the] USA is really fun.
StudentathleteWorld is an organization that selects high school and college athletes from across the country to serve as ambassadors in international athletic competition. Tlusty earned the opportunity based on athletics, academics and character.
“I was really excited, and really enjoyed how to see it all come together,” she said.
Over the next few months, she plans to focus on shot selection and stick skills with her club and high school teams to prepare for tournaments in Spain and Portugal.
“I just tell myself it’s the same game I’ve been playing for seven years. Next year it’ll be eight years,” Tlusti said. “As long as I focus on myself and focus [on] “Playing well with my team, then I will be great.”