Alexa Brazauskas was just five years old when she received her first field hockey stick. Kathy Brenner, varsity field hockey coach at Nonnewaug, gave Alexa that field hockey stick. The rest is history.
Now a senior at Nonnewaug High School, Brazauskas signed her letter of intent to play field hockey at Division 1 Boston College, in front of her family, friends, teachers and coaches.
"I've played competitively since I was in sixth grade," she said on Wednesday, Feb. 6. "My sister played so I was always around the sport."
Brazauskas said she chose Boston College because of the strong athletics and academic departments. She also spent time with the field hockey team and like the rapport they have together.
Despite the long hours of practicing, attending games and balancing schoolwork, Brazauskas said she wouldn't want it any other way.
"I always have fun with it," she said. "I enjoy playing and I live to compete."
When she goes to Boston College next year, she said she will attend the
college's Carroll School of Management and her goal is to enter into a career where she can promote and market women's athletics.
Brazauskas sets the standard of a student athlete, Nonnewaug's Athletic Director Bill Nemec stated in an e-mailed biography on Brazauskas.
"In addition to being named to the 1st team All BL, 1st team All State and being selected to participate in the Senior All Star game, she was also named 2012 Harrow Sports/NFHCA High School All-Region/All-American Team," her biography stated.
Brazauskas is in the top 10 percent of her class, a status she maintained throughout high school, Nemec stated. She is a member of the National Honor Society and received the Connecticut All State Scholar Athlete award.
"You couldn't ask for a better representative for the school," Nemec said.