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S T U D E N T AT H L E T E

Down by nine points in an early December game against Messiah College, the Lycoming women’s

basketball team needed a spark from Nicole Calella, according to ESPN Williamsport’s color analyst

Robyn Hannan ’89. Almost on cue, Calella knocked the ball loose, ran the length of the court and

banked in a layup.

The Messiah lead disappeared soon after, and Calella sealed a 50-46 win when she hit three free

throws in the final three seconds to help the Warriors to their first win over the Falcons since 1995,

when Calella was just five months old.

“Beating Messiah was one of those great moments that I’ll never forget,”

Calella said. “We were ready and hungry and it showed us the potential that

we can have.”

Fulfilling on her potential hasn’t been a problem for the 5-5 junior point

guard. Given the keys to the Lycoming offense from her

first day on campus, Calella has led the team

to back-to-back winning seasons for the first

time since 1998, while developing into an

all-conference player. As a sophomore, she

averaged 7.7 points, but was effective in the

stat categories that head coaches love to

see in point guards, sitting second in the MAC

Commonwealth with 4.0 assists per game and

hitting 82 percent of her free throws.

Off the court, Calella is just as driven, with

her goal to become an FBI agent. The Lycoming

scholar points to the caring nature of Professors

Kerry Richmond and Susan Ross as helping her gain

experiences beyond the classroom like taking field

trips to the Lycoming County Pre-Release Center

and the Lycoming County prison. With the help of

sociology Professor Betty McCall, Calella was able

to interview an FBI field agent in Williamsport for a

paper.

“The criminal justice and sociology departments

are constantly trying to find ways to boost your resume,”

Calella said.

Calella also said that Dr. Richmond will help her locate an

internship for the fall, but until then, she has found many ways

to keep busy, including completing the Student Leadership

Challenge to become a Student Leadership Ambassador and

serving on the Campus Activities Board.

“Lycoming’s small community is great because you can

get plenty of hands-on experience with a variety of campus

programs,” she added.

Nicole

Calella

’17

“The criminal justice

and sociology

departments

are constantly trying

to find ways

to boost your

resume”

By

Joe

Guistina

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www.lycoming.edu