The junior attack is Notre Dame’s leading scorer, with 30 goals and five assists for the Irish (7-4 as of April 23). She also has caused 14 turnovers, and earlier this month was named Brine/USL High School Girls Player of the Week for the Mid-Atlantic region. She scored three goals in the Irish’s win against national powerhouse St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes. Last spring, she received All-Main Line girls’ lacrosse honors. Notre Dame head coach Xan Zimatore said, “Hannah is always a spark on the attacking end. I can always count on her when we are in need of a goal, a caused turnover in our ride or just pumping the team up when we are in a lull.”
Q: What do you think has been the biggest key to your prolific offense this season?
A: I can attribute my offensive performance this year to the way our offensive unit has gelled, creating opportunities off of each other.
Q: Coach Zimatore has mentioned your improvement over last season. Tell us a little about your off-season lacrosse training after last spring – what you did to improve.
A: After last season, I wanted to overall improve my stick skills. With the mentoring of Bob Mongeluzzi, I was able to improve my 1v1 dodging and become more confident with the ball.
Q: What is your most vivid memory of the win against St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes? If it was a particular play, can you share with us how the play developed, and your role in it?
A: The play that stood out to me the most was an assist I had to Kelly Coyle off of an eight meter shot, putting Notre Dame up 3-0 early. Then, with seconds left, our goalie, Jackie Lanzalotto, made the game-winning save off of a free position shot to secure the win, it was awesome!
Q: You have played both midfield and attack. What attracted you to the attack position? What attributes do you feel are most important for an attack player?
A: I think what attracted me most to the attack position was the constant motion plays. I really enjoy participating in the ride and transition. I believe an attacker needs to be aggressive to every ball and to have vision on the field.
Q: What was your first reaction when you found out you were named Brine/USL High School Girls Player of the Week for the Mid-Atlantic region? What does that honor mean to you?
A: I was shocked when I found out the news. This honor meant so much and I am extremely grateful to have received this recognition.
Q: You wear uniform jersey No. 3 for Notre Dame since your freshman year. Was there a reason you chose No. 3 – does this number have any significance to you?
A: Ever since my freshman year, the number three has always been my go-to. There is no significance to this number. I was given it as a freshman and it stuck.
Q: What part of your game are you working on most?
A: I just continue to work hard on my stick skills, dodges, and stamina.
Q: Who have been your biggest lacrosse mentors, and what was the most important thing each of them taught you?
A: My biggest lacrosse mentors are my high school coaches, Xan Zimatore and Maura Wilson. They have pushed me to be as conditioned and mentally prepared as I can be on the lacrosse field. My current club coach, Colleen Magarity; my former club coach, Kim Wenger; and Coach Mongo have helped and continue to help me strengthen my game and develop as a player.
Q: What is your favorite academic subject at school? Is there a career path that particularly interests you?
A: My favorite subject is English. Although I am not sure of what I want to do in the future, I hope to somewhat incorporate this into my career path.
Q: What extracurricular activities are you involved in at Notre Dame other than lacrosse?
A: I try to be as involved as I can with service opportunities provided by Notre Dame. I enjoy volunteer work.
Fun facts – Hannah Gillespie
Favorite pre-game pump-up song: Revolution by Diplo.
Favorite team: Philadelphia Eagles.
Favorite place to visit: Avalon, N.J.
Favorite pre-game meal: Peanut butter toast with banana.
Family members: parents Pat and Shannon, brother Patrick, dogs Rudy and Artie.
(To be selected as Main Line Girls Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by her coach.)
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