Not enough hours in the day
|With a double major,
basketball and an internship, Arcadia senior Victoria Mazzeo has a
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If Arcadia senior guard Victoria Mazzeo had her way, each day would feature more than 24 hours.
The affable Mazzeo, who is double-majoring in psychology and business, is the perfect definition of a student-athlete as she crams plenty into her days from her loaded class schedule, hoops practice and working at her internship at Network Now in Doylestown, Pa.
“It’s a pretty rigorous schedule,” Mazzeo said. “Sometimes I don’t how I going to get through everyday, but I just have faith that it will end positively. I just wish at times there were more hours in the day.”
She probably would welcome that if that ever happened because that way she could spend more time with having fun with her teammates and making precious memories. Arcadia has been a pleasant surprise in the Mid-Atlantic Region during the first two weeks of the season. The high-octane Knights (5-0 overall) have won every game so far this season by scoring at least 76 points. They have topped 80 points in all but one game and have five players averaging double figures, including Mazzeo, who scores 11.8 points per game.
Leading the Knights’ scoreboard blitz have been sophomores Mary Badeen (19.3 points per game) and Samantha Caligiuri (15.4 ppg). Also averaging double digits for Arcadia are sophomore Maureen Fiocca and junior Victoria Roukas (11.8). The Knights have an average margin of victory of 35 points. Surely that average that will decrease when the Knight get into consistent Commonwealth Conference play. However, for now, they will take those wins and continue building momentum.
“The biggest key to our 5-0 start has been our consistent and cohesive play,” Arcadia coach Lorie Khalil said. “We are playing more as a team on both ends of the floor. Our players are playing towards their strengths on the offensive end, we are executing and reading defenses better and taking higher percentage shots. On the defensive end, the coaches have been preaching disciplined defense now more than ever because of the NCAA fouling emphasis and the team is really buying into it. We still are primarily young starting three sophomores, one junior and one senior. The experience that our underclassmen received as freshmen have them playing with control and confidence as upperclassmen.”
The Knights won their first four games last year before being rudely welcomed into conference play with five straight losses. Many of the players weren’t ready...