Sydney Pappas Is Helping Villanova Lacrosse Have a Historic Season

Sydney Pappas on the lacrosse field during a game.
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Sydney Pappas

Villanova University’s Sydney Pappas is only a sophomore and she’s already earned Big East’s co-Offensive Attacker of the Year in lacrosse, writes Colin Beazley for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Through 17 games she’s scored 52 goals, ranking in the top 30 nationally.

Pappas was also named Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association co-offensive player of the week in February after scoring 11 goals in wins over La Salle and Navy.

“It’s crazy that I’ve already scored this many goals,” Pappas said. “I assume it’s gonna get a little bit tougher.”

She’s helping to elevate Villanova’s lacrosse program, which has only had two winning seasons since 2016.

Villanova took its first-ever win against the Georgetown Hoyas and gained their program-record 11h win the next week by beating Xavier.

Villanova head coach Jill Batcheller spotted Pappas’ special abilities when she was a freshman.

“And then this year, she really never looked back. It’s almost like she appreciates that she … has the capability to step up for the team. And she just owns it.”

Batcheller believes Pappas could end up a Tewarraton Award winner for being the best player in college lacrosse.

Read more about Sydney Pappas and the Villanova lacrosse team in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Check out the Villanova women’s lacrosse team in action in these game highlights from two months ago..

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