Written by Nick Palma Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00
Ever since she was fitting into her soccer cleats for peewee soccer, Julie Falotico developed a passion she couldn’t resist. It was the passion for sports, one that never goes away.
Growing up with her father as a coach, it wasn’t hard for Falotico to build relationships with her teammates. That is one of the factors that have grown on her while playing sports for almost her entire life. Playing on the varsity sports teams through her four years of high school paid off when Julie was awarded with the Female Athlete of the Year.
She says that building relationships with your teams and becoming one big family only makes you more excited and dedicated to come back every season. Always having someone to look up to when playing sports has helped set an example on Julie because it makes her want to strive to be just as successful as them and if not, even more successful.
That has been one of her main motives since joining the varsity soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams at Mineola High School.
Falotico was a senior defensemen this past season where she was a big part of the teams’ undefeated season, giving them a conference championship. She received All Class twice for soccer during her four years playing.
In basketball, her dad was always involved either as a coach or a fan on the sideline since he had both her and her older sister, Leandra, to cheer on back when Falotico was a freshman.
She says that her dad would always rearrange his work schedule to make sure he’d be able to watch them play. Falotico was the starting Point Guard on the basketball team throughout her tenure as a Mustang.
Her extremely competitive attitude has helped her earn All Conference, All Class, and All County in basketball. By the time spring season came around, Falotico was back on the field playing midfield for the women’s lacrosse team. She had an important role on the team throughout her four years of varsity play where she would go on to receive All Conference as a senior.
Aside from all the awards Falotico received in sports, she says the thing that mattered most when playing sports was being on the same page as her teammates. Win or lose, as long as her and her team chose to work hard and strive for the same goals she would be a proud teammate.
Although Falotico has a great athletic resume behind her back, her academic profile is just as impressive. She was the salutatorian of her class and was also awarded with a News 12 Scholar Athlete Award where she was featured on the station’s newscast.
Falotico has also attained Academic All-State and Academic All-American honors. This made it extremely challenging for Julie to decide between sports and school when making a decision on a college education.
Falotico ultimately chose to attend Colgate University on terms of a better education.
“I chose not to play sports in college because I knew I could attend a more prestigious school based on my grades and my class rank, rather than sacrifice education to play at a smaller, less competitive school for athletics,” says Falotico.
She understands that going to a harder school requires more dedication to her studies which is why she didn’t want to commit to playing varsity sports at the next level. Club sports is something Falotico wants to endure during her college years as it will give her the experience of traveling to different schools and she will still be able to play at a competitive level.