Ginamarie Perez, former women’s lacrosse defensive player of the year and a senior studying web design, is working towards a goal to play lacrosse for BYU in the fall.

Perez said she has played lacrosse for a total of seven years. She said this is her third season playing lacrosse at BYU-Idaho. Perez said that in her second season, she coached an undefeated team and lost in the championship.

Perez plays center and defensive wing.

“I love this sport because it’s just like an indescribable feeling when you’re cradling the ball, rushing the goal and having possession of the ball,” Perez said.

Perez said the team would play Boise State University and Utah State University and that she hopes they will have enough funding for the all-star team the next time around.

Perez said lacrosse is probably one of the easiest sports for a person to pick up.

“One of the biggest pieces of advice that I would give to somebody is to not be afraid to try something new,” Perez said.

Perez said she feels this quote defines her.

“If you haven’t found it yet, don’t settle,” said Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. “As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.”

Perez said she is playing outside of scheduled practices, running, going to the gym, keeping up on the field and keeping hydrated to improve her game.

Perez said one of her favorite moments of playing was in the championship game.

“We were playing one of the better teams, and she went to shoot the goal, and I blocked it with my stick,” Perez said.

Perez said her brothers influenced her playing lacrosse.

“That’s a reason that I am who I am,” Perez said. “My brothers had a huge influence on me. Watching my brothers play and how determined they were and watching them work hard influenced me to become the player I am in lacrosse.”

Perez said she would like to transfer to BYU and play for them.

“Hopefully, next spring I can make the team,” Perez said.

Perez said she has a full-ride scholarship to attend BYU-I.

“There’s a different spirit here,” Perez said. “I love playing here. I’m grateful that this sport is here.”

Perez said she is ready to expand her horizons and test her skills and capabilities.

Perez said lacrosse is her hobby and that it is a great stress reliever for her.

“Perez really is good about making people feel good about themselves and showing them that they do well,” said Cassie Ackley, Perez’s assistant coach and a senior studying accounting.

Ackley said they were on the Hawks the last two years, and now they are on the Knights together. She said they were defenders together a lot.

“She’s really dedicated to the team,” Ackley said. “She always gives 100% to the game.”

Ackley said that since Perez was a coach last year, she gives tips to a lot of the players and that she works hard despite an injury.

“She doesn’t stop; she doesn’t settle,” Ackley said.

Ackley said Perez is at every practice, and she puts a lot of effort in and always tries her hardest.

Ackley said if there is one defining characteristic about Perez, it is that she cares.

“She’s really caring,” Ackley said. “Even if she’s not feeling good, she’ll still come and watch.”

Perez said her knee hurts, but she is willing to work through it.

“Our very first year of playing, we won one game that whole semester and lost only two the second season,” Ackley said.