As we wrapped up,our chat with Sophia, we posed a few stand alone questions on topics we hadn’t delved into before with her. And if you follow our social media sites, you’ve seen that Sophia is a big proponent of supporting those who support the NWHL, like Dunkin’ Donuts. So what’s Sophia’s order when she stops at Dunks?
“In the summertime it’s definitely just plain iced tea. Extra lemons, squeeze ‘em. Just hydration. Coffee is great, but I’m pretty sure if you need to get quenched, you’re going to want something with more water content, less caffeine. And an order of hash browns! You’ll never catch me with a donut. I don’t know why, but I don’t really like sweet stuff, Fun Fact. And donuts are very sweet.”
Considering her multi sport career, we thought it might be interesting to ask about the most memorable venue where she competed.
“That’s tough, because now I have to think about the world really. I can think about a couple of places where I thought : What is this? Am I really in a rink? So I would say that the craziest place I played was in Hanover, Germany. They have a Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) which is a big thing in Germany. They’ll have these market that pop up, like full cabins pop up in the middle of the city. They put up pine trees and it almost obscures the buildings around you. You’re walking around and it seems like you’re in the forest, but you’re in the middle of the city. Hanover is a big train hub in Germany, about two hours from Berlin and below Hamburg, so it’s an intersection of sorts. There’s a very big plaza and they made an ice rink, a temporary ice rink, that was in the center of this Christmas Market. And of course our hockey team (Hanover Scorpions) got invited to skate on there, a little practice session. And we got dressed in one of the cabins, and it’s got this rustic cabin feel, with a fireplace. And not only that, but there was a drink shop and a snack shop facing the rink. You could get what is called Gluhwein which is hot mulled wine, and you could get a German donut, They have basically fried dough balls which are like very good. Not as sweet, I would say. They were perfect :) And I could do that,I was about to, but I didnt, because my coach was there:) But it’s definitely a different culture. I think at some of the rinks people were smoking in the stands, some of them are outdoors. The uniforms from my team the Scorpions tried to mimic the Sechsundneunzig, the 96er’s of Hanover, which is a soccer team. Similar color and stripe theme. Football, soccer over there, is the sport. That is what everyone is about. Soccer? Everyone is watching it that’s what’s on TV.“
Sophia is a big Boston Bruins fan, so Cetacean Nation was not surprised that they figured into her answer to our question about her favorite moment as a fan. She revealed
“I think I had a great time going to my first Bruins game. I had been a very big fan of them, watching them on TV. I really picked up watching them in 2011, which is when they won the Stanley Cup, that was like random, and luckily they won it all. I was super invested from the start of the season, and so when I went to my first game and saw them as real human beings moving on the ice, I was like shell shocked. I think it’s definitely something else to be at the arena. I’ve gone to many games since, not just the Bruins, but being in a big arena and seeing the people you look up to play on the ice, it’s just something. I feel the same way when I see the NWHL players play, but unfortunately I’m friends with most of them. I see them outside the arena, so it’s not like they’re mythical people. But those Bruins players to me, I didn’t know if they were real or not, and then there they were. I almost could touch them, it was weird.” Cetacean Nation has seen the look that must have been on Sophia’s face, many times on the faces of our Little Future Draft Picks watching and interacting with the Pod.
So now, as a player, we asked what was her favorite “Sophia nailed it” moment?
"So, your phrasing on that has changed my opinion on what I’m going to say. So when I played lacrosse in college at Holy Cross, I had a special role. Everyone finds that role on a team, right? If you’re on offense you’re the scorer, if your the goalie you’re stopping things. But on defense you don’t imagine them having a very specific role. But my role in this particular game, we were playing our rival, they were the best team in the Patriot League, this was Navy. They had a player who was, like on the cover of a magazine, she was a big deal. And my job was to facegaurd her, follow her around, facing her, nose to nose. Kind of like Avery, who when he was with the Rangers, skated up to the goalie and shook his stick in his face so he couldn’t see. Which is definitely not normal. But in lacrosse you do this faceguarding thing. It’s a similar mindset, you’re trying to get in people’s heads, really not giving them a chance to do their job. This girl’s job was to score, my job was to make sure she didn’t touch the ball. So in this game we ultimately ended up,losing, but that girl, she had to go off the field. She got the ball, once, and I was so tight on her she ended up falling as she was taking a shot and she had to leave the field. And when she came back, she was crying. So I knew I had really gotten to her so I was proud of myself " she laughed " I didn’t do anything to her physically, but I did get to her. And at the end of the day, it was an accomplishment. Because she did not score a single point. I don’t know any other sport where that is allowed, it seems wrong:) I was told to step on her feet, maybe wave my stick in her face, but we literally breathed the same air. Her tears almost fell on my shoes. It ain’t right, but I didn’t try to hurt her, I just didn’t let her get any space physically.
Cetacean Nation once again thanks our amazing #10 Sophia Agostinelli, the player who suggested there be a Cetacean Nation entity in the first place, for once again sharing her wit and wisdom with the fans here. If this is your first meeting with Sophia, while you are here you might want to view her other stories on the site as well, listed just above this one. And further down towards the bottom, in the story “Expanding Horizons”. It was the original interview, so fittingly , it has some input from Sophia, a true American Original herself. Fins Up Forever Sophia! .