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Tolland Student Athlete of the Month : Rachel Lee - TheSportsDept.com

Tolland Student Athlete of the Month : Rachel Lee

Name: Rachel Lee 

Sports played: Varsity soccer, basketball & softball

Athletic accomplishments: 2018 Class L State Champions in soccer; starting centerfielder for as freshman

How I prepare for a game: I like to listen to music before games

What did you enjoy the most about the season? I enjoyed the entire soccer season and being a contributing defensive supportive player to an amazing group of girls.  The mentorship and genuine caring of all the upperclassman was the key to our success both on and off the field.

 I am now in the middle of the basketball season.  We are a young team with only three seniors. Our record does not reflect our attitude and commitment but we are still learning valuable life lessons. I am enjoying all the opportunities that I have to be a part of a developing team. I’m looking forward to two more seasons under Coach C’s guidance.

Most memorable moment as a high school athlete: My most memorable moment was being on the field at the New Britain Stadium on a freezing cold day with snow on the ground playing for the Class L state soccer title. It was an un-describable feeling to have work so hard as a team all season and then putting it all out there for a chance to win and have no regrets. Our objective on defense was to ensure that Farmington not get any opportunities. When the final seconds counted down – and we won for title 2-0 – I was grateful to be part of history.  Bringing the title back to Tolland after 33 years was just awesome!

Favorite pro or college athlete: I grew up watching the USA women’s Soccer team and have admired the influence that Mia Hamm and Alex Morgan have had on the game. They have inspired me and I am sure other girls to become athletes.

I am also a fan of UCONN women’s basketball – and while there have been a lot of amazing players throughout their history, Breanna Stewart stands out for her character, ability, talent and leadership 

College plans: I plan on attending college and have begun exploring my interests in a degree that would allow me to continue to blend my love of sports with a career

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