Morrisville State's Record-Breaking Star: Former West Genesee standout Gianna Branca
Gianna Branca is known by her coaches as "G".
It's a simple nickname, which is similar to the way she plays the game of lacrosse.
Simply put, the senior attack is really good.
"Everything else has been crazy," Branca shared with a smile. "It's my final year, so it's a little sad. We've just been really doing well, and I couldn't do it without everyone else."
"I mean, she's unbelievable," Morrisville State head women's lacrosse coach Taryn Burkholder explained. "She's a triple threat player. You never knew if she's going to be driving or feeding. She's been great."
The numbers certainly prove it, too.
In 17 games played this season, Branca has racked up 60 goals and 54 assists, which is good for 114 points, and the single-season program record.
"I was shocked to see her be at Division-III at first," Burkholder continued. "She definitely had some Division-I offers, but she wanted to stay closer to home and this was a great fit for her."
Her journey to Morrisville took a pit stop through Monroe Community College first, but before that, it really began on the fertile lacrosse fields of the West Genesee school district.
"I mean, I started playing when I was like seven, at Shove Park," Branca added. "We were just doing lacrosse camp every summer. They just start everyone young, just to put a stick in your hand, and it's such a big thing there. The coaches were great with setting up camps and clinics, and everything else."
Gianna's numbers this season may indicate she should be playing a higher level of competition, perhaps Le Moyne College, Cornell University of even at Syracuse University. But instead, she's chosen to take her talents to the Division-III level, proving that, yes, there are great lacrosse players at that level, too.
When it's all said and done, she may go down as the greatest women's lacrosse player in the history of Morrisville State College.
"I think a lot of athletes think they need to go D-I to do well, and you can shine anywhere you go.
"Ultimately, you're there to get a degree, so just to have lacrosse as a bonus -- that's awesome," she concluded.
Gianna Branca -- just another local lacrosse star -- entering legendary status at her respective school.