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Local athlete makes impact at Wells

"Emily's extreme work ethic and athleticism and mental toughness made her a leader by example," he said. "She was not always the most talented soccer player on the field, but [those attributes] allowed her to be a great outside midfielder in the North Eastern Athletic Conference."

The days of Lotkowictz playing soccer and lacrosse for Wells College will not soon be forgotten. She left her mark "by bringing a competitive attitude to the sports she participated in that was not present before," Ventura said. "She has helped bring those programs to the next competitive level."

In high school, Lotkowictz was a member of the 2005 state championship Skaneateles lacrosse team that went 24-0 under coach Bridget Marquardt. She's still close with a lot of the girls on the team. She grew up with many of them.

"It was one of my greatest athletic experiences," she said.

As a recent college graduate, Lotkowictz plans to keep lacrosse in her future. Her goal is to be a head lacrosse coach at the college level.

She's well on her way. During her June 18 interview with the Skaneateles Press, Lotkowictz was thrilled to share some recent news. Just the day before she had been awarded a graduate assistantship at Lynchburg College where she'll serve as assistant coach for the women's lacrosse team.

Attending Wells College gave Lotkowictz the opportunity to develop leadership skills, especially in working with players brand new to the sport. "I realized that that's where I wanted my career to be," she said.

Lotkowictz graduated from Wells College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She plans to master in educational leadership when she attends Lynchburg College in the fall.

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