A two-time all-Canadian midfielder and Canadian Interuniversity Sports Player of the Year, Lazaridis School alumna Alyssa Lagonia (‘11) is in her fourth year of playing professional soccer in Europe. Alma Matters recently sat down with Alyssa to catch up.
Q: What have you been doing since graduation?
A: Since graduating from Laurier, I’ve been playing professional soccer in Europe. Starting off first in England’s top division, I played for the Doncaster Rovers Belles. Following a season in England, I had an opportunity to play in Verona, Italy, one of the top teams in the country. After a year and a half, I made the move over to FC Neunkirch in Switzerland, where I have been playing for the past year and a half.
Q: What was the most memorable part of your BBA experience?
A: I met a lot of really remarkable and interesting people in my program. These people influenced me whether they know it or not. Certain professors, classmates and friends were very memorable to me.
Q: How has your BBA helped you in your career?
A: I always loved the team projects and working in a group at Laurier. We had a lot of group work in the BBA program. I learned a lot about people in those environments, as well as when and how to take a leadership role. I have been named captain this season, so I’m applying a lot of different concepts I first learned in university to my new role on the team.
Q: What's next on the horizon?
A: Good question. The world of professional sports is never guaranteed – anything can happen. As long as I’m healthy and fit, at least for the next few years, I will continue to play soccer. However, it’s always comforting to me knowing I have such a great education under my belt. If anything ever did happen or I simply want to stop playing, I can easily find my next opportunity.
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