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Wyoming Seminary’s Julia Gabriel capped an outstanding lacrosse career by earning Wyoming Valley Conference Player of the Year honors as selected by the league’s coaches.
Forty-one seasons after her mom, Fran Gabriel fueled the Carbondale Area Chargerettes to a Class AA state basketball title as a starting playmaking guard and defensive standout, the Blue Knight three-sport performer was a playmaker and defensive standout in a different arena.
Seminary captured its eighth straight District Class AA lacrosse title this spring as Gabriel was a part of the last four including three as a starter.
“Most of my career was spent as a midfielder or on the defensive side,” offered Gabriel. Using her speed and keeping a constant motor running, Gabriel made it her focus to never be outhustled in the field.
This past season, Seminary was handed a loss by Lake Lehman during the season but avenged that loss in the the title game.
“That win was the most memorable of the season,” offered Gabriel. “We were not going to be denied and we were focused on every possession.”
While her mom played field hockey and softball as other sports, the WVC Player of the Year stayed in shape as a three year starter on the hardwoods and a four-year starter in soccer.
Forty years ago, Fran Gabriel embarked on an eventual outstanding basketball career as a Division III first-team All-America honoree at the University of Scranton capped by leading the Lady Royals to a Final Four appearance as the only senior on that team.
Julia Gabriel now turns her attention to her Division III lacrosse career at Lebanon Valley College.
“College lacrosse is a whole new ballgame,” noted Gabriel. “I look forward to improving my stick skills and bringing my passion for lacrosse to LVC.”