CORTLAND, N.Y. - The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) did its Q&A with this week's Field Hockey Offensive Athlete of the Week, Jess Gibaldi. This is Gibaldi's second SUNYAC weekly honor in three weeks.
Gibaldi helped lead Cortland (7-3, 1-0 SUNYAC) to a pair of home wins last week, totaling 11 points on four goals and three assists. In a 3-0 victory versus Oswego on Wednesday, Gibaldi scored two goals, including the game-winner, and assisted on a third. She then picked up two goals and two assists, all in the first half, in a 5-2 triumph versus Utica on Saturday. For the season, Gibaldi leads the Red Dragons in goals (10), assists (7) and points (27), is tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals and is closing in on 100 career points (40-13-93).
Sport: Field Hockey
Hometown: Westbury, NY
Major: Early childhood/childhood education
- Which professional athlete do you have the most respect for? Definitely have to go with Henrik Lundqvist, the goalie for the New York Rangers. Grew up watching him play- a great player on and off the ice.
- What's your game day meal? I always have toast and two eggs over easy with my Dunkin' coffee, also definitely goldfish in the locker room.
- What age did you start playing your sport? I started playing field hockey in 5th grade, so I was about 10.
- Do you have a hidden or special talent? I am pretty good at burping very loud.
- What is your career goal? To work for a sports-related / fashion company in NYC!
- What's on your music playlist? Pretty much only rap songs, definitely have the new Lil Wayne album there.
- Do you have any pre-game rituals? Just getting pumped up with my team, and wearing the same headband for every game.
- What's the best advice anyone has given you? Leave it all out there every time you step on the field because you're never going to get that game/moment back- don't have any regrets.
- What are your hobbies off the field/court? Definitely love to shop and play with my dog.
- What's your favorite memory since playing for your institution? Definitely being SUNYAC champions last season!!