Junior goalie Klia Trintis is looking to help St. Paul's School for Girls make a deep run in the talented Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. Trintis plays club ball for Sky Walkers, which has kept her skills sharp for the upcoming season. Trintis discussed the upcoming high school lacrosse season with PressBox.
PressBox: What made you want to play goalie? What is the most difficult part of playing that position?
Klia Trintis: Becoming a goalie happened by accident. My MYLA team lost its goalie, and my coach asked if anyone wanted to volunteer. I figured everyone was going to play a game as goalie, so I just wanted to get my turn over with first. I ended up doing well, so my coach asked me if I would like to become the permanent goalie for that season. We went to the playoffs for the first time, and the rest is history.
I believe that the most difficult part of being a goalie is the mental aspect. Most people think that being a goalie does not require as much work as being a field player, because they are not required to run as much. This is not the only important factor in the game. Being a goalie requires you to communicate and be in constant awareness at all times. You must always be thinking one step ahead and have a short memory of the last shot.
PB: How do you effectively balance your schedule at SPSFG with academics and athletics?
KT: Because SPSG is a smaller school, I feel very connected to my teachers, making it easy to maintain my academics, along with my athletic schedule. I know that if I ever have a question about where I stand in a class, my teachers will always provide me with the information I need to make sure I'm constantly on task. My family also helps keep me grounded and make sure I am on top of my priorities.
PB: What did you do to prepare for the upcoming season? Did you do anything differently as far as strength training or running?
KT: Over the course of the winter, I worked with a personal trainer for speed and strength. I've continued to work with my goalie trainer, Scott Bentkowski, whom I've been training with for the past eight years. I also participated in an indoor league through school, which allowed me to get game-time experience throughout the course of the offseason as well.
PB: What are your plans for college? Have you set any career goals yet?
KT: I've committed to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Vermont, where I plan to study neuropsychology.
PB: What have you liked best about attending and playing for SPSFG?
KT: SPSG has offered me a tremendous amount of opportunities, both in the classroom and on the field. I have been fortunate enough to take on leadership roles within my class and on the field throughout my three years of varsity lacrosse. I also enjoy playing for SPSG because being a part of the IAAM conference allows us to compete against some of the best schools in the country.