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Women's Lacrosse Alumni Spotlight: Kristen Masullo

December 1, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Masullo played for Liberty from 2011-14 and currently coaches for Lafayette College.

Masullo played for Liberty from 2011-14 and currently coaches for Lafayette College.

LibertyFlames.com will be starting a new women's lacrosse alumni spotlight series, featuring former Liberty lacrosse players. The first selection is Kristen Masullo, who is currently an assistant coach for the Lafayette College Leopards women's lacrosse program.

Masullo was a goalkeeper for the Lady Flames from 2011-14, starting 69 of 71 contests that she appeared in. She was named to the National Lacrosse Conference first team in 2011 and Big South Conference second team in 2013.

She ranks first in program history in career saves with 675. Masullo owns four of the top five spots in single-season saves in program history and four of the top six spots in single-game saves.

She ranked in the top-five in the NCAA for saves during her freshman and sophomore campaigns with Liberty, and her .473 save percentage as a freshman put her at No. 14 in the country.

Masullo graduated from Liberty in 2014 with a B.S. in exercise science and a minor in psychology. She also served as a volunteer assistant coach for Liberty in 2015.

What are you doing now for work and describe what you do a little bit?
Masullo: I moved back home to New Jersey. I am currently coaching at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where I mainly work with the goalies and their skill development.

What is the most rewarding part about coaching college lacrosse?
Masullo: The most rewarding part of coaching college lacrosse is to see the kids learn and grow not only as athletes, but as people. Coaching is such an awesome platform to be able to influence kids' lives, and it is so rewarding to see them reach their goals on and off the field.

What do you miss most about being at Liberty/on the women's lacrosse team?
Masullo: Honestly, I miss it all. Anyone and everyone who knows me knows how much I love Liberty and the coaching staff at LU. I think the thing I miss the most would be the coaching staff and my teammates. If it weren't for Coach Nangle, I honestly wouldn't be where I am today. I look up to and admire her so much! Nina was one of my teammates and is one of my best friends, so it's awesome to be able to run into her on the road when we are out recruiting. Megan and I always bonded during goalie time when she would warm up the goalies, and I always get so excited when I get to see her out recruiting also. Honestly, you just become such a family, and you meet some of your best friends for life when you are on a sports team!

What was the most important lesson or thing you learned from being at Liberty and on the lacrosse team?
Masullo: The most important lesson I have learned from the Liberty lacrosse team is to be thankful for and make the most of opportunities you get in your life. Playing time is something that isn't guaranteed; it's earned just as quickly as it can be given away. It can be taken away either by injury or something else. So for me, being a part of the lacrosse team taught me to always work hard and give it my all no matter what and to always try and have a positive attitude no matter the situation you are in.

Did your walk with the Lord grow in your time at Liberty? If so, how?
Masullo: Yes, I did. Coming in as a freshman, it was a little bit of a culture shock coming from up north where people don't really talk about their faith or religion. Once I was at Liberty and was a Liberty athlete, I realized that we were on a platform to represent Christ on and off the field, which is something that has always stuck with me. I am the kind of person who tries to lead by example and let my beliefs shine through that way.

Have you had a chance to follow Liberty lacrosse since you left?
Masullo: All the time! I am always trying to stream their games whenever I can!

Do you stay in touch with your former teammates?
Masullo: Yes! Some of my best friends came from playing on the Liberty lacrosse team! One of my best friends who I played with is actually now the academic advisor for the women's lacrosse team and two more are also in the coaching world. One is a head coach at Gardner-Webb, and one is an assistant at Seton Hill. I love running into them out in the recruiting world. A lot of my teammates have recently been getting married, so it's always a fun time when we can get together and see each other at those types of things.