Bullis attackman Alex Trippi came up huge for the Bulldogs as a junior last season, finishing with 56 goals and 50 assists. He led Bullis to its first Interstate Athletic Conference title and was named the
Washington Post Player of the Year. Trippi entered the season needing just more than 20 points to become Bullis' all-time leading scorer. He is committed to North Carolina.
What did you most work on in the offseason to improve your game?
Alex Trippi: Coming from "X," I look to come up the left side, so I worked on my right-handed, on-the-run shot. I thought that would help me the most. I tried to play lacrosse as much as I could [in the fall], but I was in football season, so I was trying to do both at the same time.
What does Bullis have to do to repeat as the Interstate Athletic Conference champions?
AT: We put in a lot of hard work in the offseason. The seniors last year really taught us how to work hard and be a competitive team. So, we are going to carry on what happened last year and be competitive every single day. We'll just get after it and see what happens.
How much thought have you put into becoming Bullis' all-time leading scorer?
AT: I've heard about it, but I don't know if it's a big thing or not. I am 20 or so points away, so hopefully we'll get that off as soon as possible, so I won't have to worry about it.
How do you balance academics and athletics at a challenging school like Bullis?
AT: I don't really have any specific strategies, but Bullis really helps you balance academics and athletics. You have an ample amount of time during the day to meet with teachers, and they're understanding if you can't meet with someone because of practice. It's just awesome being at Bullis. They just give you a bunch of opportunities.
Why did you choose to commit to North Carolina?
AT: I loved the weather. I loved the academics. I loved the tradition. Lastly, I loved how coach [Joe] Breschi really brings a family-feel to the team. I thought that would help me the most, because that's what it's like at Bullis. I like a coach who will be there for you but at the same time is hard on you.