And during those years, both Kayla and Hanna were teammates on the Colonials. Alexa laughed “How crazy is that? Three people from the same team, one even in the NWHL! All on the same team!” But hockey was not the only sport Alexa competed in as a youngster, as she enlightened us:
“I also played volleyball and softball at Glen Rock High School. I was kind of able to play mostly every position in softball but I never played first base or catcher growing up. I used to be a pitcher though. I pitched a little bit in middle school and pitched one game in high school. But mainly I was a third baseman. I got brought up a couple of games into the season my freshman year to varsity, to be the third base starter and I continued at third until senior year actually. But our whole outfield had graduated, so they put me in centerfield, and then I eventually got switched to second base halfway through that season, so yeah, I played a little bit of everything”
Alexa added: “A couple of years ago I played in a little spring/summer league but I have not since. Probably it was a year after I graduated, so 2017 summer I played a little bit, but I really haven’t since. I wanted to but I also don’t want to risk getting hurt playing another sport in the hockey off-season! And in terms of her multi sport background, Alexa emphasized:
“I definitely think it was a huge advantage. Every sport has people with different personalities, so getting to know everyone in every sport, being just friends with everyone in every different sport, kind of just made social life easier. Knowing how people act. knowing how people are different, just made that part so much easier. And stepping away from the skates for just a little bit, and then being able to put them back on again for a new season. You enjoy it so much more that way, every time you put them on (after a different season) and every time you stepped onto the ice. Looking forward to every softball season, and then when softball season is at the end, then it’s volleyball season and I could look forward to that. And when that was over, the next season was hockey so it was like a huge, new gift every season.it was just awesome! I loved all three of them, so it was a lot of fun playing and just seeing different styles of coaching too, for different sports.”
In her previous remarks, Alexa gave us some interesting insights into showcases, and on a personal level, they played a big role in advancing her career and sending it to the shores of a Lake Ontario, New York. Alexa told us this interesting story about how she became an Oswego State Laker.
“It was actually a showcase over Thanksgiving weekend in Pittsburgh, playing at Robert Morris University, 2012 I believe. The coach that recruited me to Oswego, she she actually played at RMU, and she was there at the showcase watching. So it’s kind of a little bit of a story, but when I was on the Colonials, a team reached out to our coach saying they needed some extra players for a tournament. They asked if the Colonials would help them out, and that out if anyone was interested. You can let us know and send them over to us, and they can play. So my Dad read it to me, and I was like “Yeah, OK I’ll play!” So my Dad and I went up to Vermont, and I played in a tournament with this team from Rochester"
Alexa connected the dots like this: "Now fast forward, when I’m at the Thanksgiving showcase, the Oswego coach, Coach Chelsea Walkland, (she’s now coaching at RMU) and she knows the coach that coached me in that showcase in Vermont. So they knew each other, so I guess after my game or during my game, she talked to him and mentioned my name to him and he told her some good things about me. So he actually introduced me to her, and we started talking. She said she would be at my next game and she would watch? So she did and we talked after, and she invited me to a visit to Oswego. I went to visit, and I think that next weekend we planned a visit for the following week. it was a Thursday, and on that Friday I committed. Once I stepped on campus and saw their rink, and got to meet their players and hang out with them, it was awesome, I loved it. So it was just me going to play with that random team for one weekend, and because two coaches knew each other! Hockey is kind of a small world, and eventually three of the players that I played with at Oswego we’re also teammates on that team that I played with in Vermont, There was a girl that played at Northwoods School, who they had reached out fo, and one from their own team, and the three of us went to Oswego. And eventually we said, Hey, we all played on that same team together, we’ve done this before!”
Alexa enjoyed a great career on the ice at Oswego, and scored twenty-nine goals and had thirty-two assists for the Lakers. And she won numerous awards, and as a Major in Health and Wellness Management with minors in Health Science and Athletic Coaching, she was also selected to the ECAC West All-Academic Team. But Alexa had no hesitation in identifying her favorite moment at Oswego, and perhaps not surprisingly, the story includes Kayla Meneghin. As Alexa informed us:
"When I was at Oswego my senior year, it was Oswego’s first time ever beating Plattsburgh. We beat them. We had a pretty rough game the night before, Friday night, I think we actually lost to them 7 to 1. But we came back Saturday and we beat them, I want to say 3 to 2. (Alexa was correct on both counts) So it the first time women’s hockey had ever beaten Plattsburgh (who was ranked #1 at the time) So to be a part of that! I have to check on this, but I believe I had two assists as well in that game!”
Cetacean Nation checked, checked and Alexa is correct, she dished out two assists in that historic win. But what she did not mention, was that one assist set up the first score for Oswego when they were trailing 2-0. And the second? Well,, that was on the game winning goal! Thinking back Alexa added “So that was a huge win, a goal we had every season. Every season when we would write our goals up on the board it would have: Points From Platty, PFP,. So that was our goal every year and senior year we finally did it, and it was the best. It was always fun for me playing Plattsburgh. Because Kayla was there, I had met a lot of the girls and I was very friendly with a lot of the girls there. So had a lot of friends on that team too. And our schools aren’t really close, about four hours apart probably, so every time going there or when they came it was nice to see the parents and get to hang out with them for a little bit. But once we stepped on the ice it was all business though!”
Cetacean Nation also asked Alexa about her academics at Oswego, and what her career plans based upon that education might be. She responded:
"So I kind of jumped around with what I wanted to do. When I was first looking at schools I had athletic training in mind, so those options were chosen because a lot of the courses were prerequisites or leading up to athletic training. And then I kind of went back-and-forth my senior year. Throughout college I was taking a few psych electives. i took a sport psychology course and wanted to do something in sports psychology. I’m still very interested in sports psychology, and I am thinking about using that in teaching and looking at Phys Ed teaching. I want to teach either high school or middle school, so that’s why I’m leaning more towards Physical Education & Health. My dad is also a Phys Ed - Health teacher. I grew up with that, so it’s like driven for me. I see him do it every day, he loves what he does. I learned so much from him. Everything that he does, he always comes home and tells us stories. Just so many of his little things, and I try to use them in coaching. And I think it would be awesome if I could use them in teaching as well. I’m looking at alternate routes, studies and apps for education. I work a lot of camps and stuff in the summer so I’m constantly teaching things to kids, so I don’t think it’ll be too much of a shock when I get in the classroom and think: Oh man, I’ve got to teach these kids something” Like I’ve been doing that for years now.”