All-American goalie from Sound Beach wants to coach your daughters


Jenika Cuocco led the nation in saves and save percentage. Now, the All-American Drexel lacrosse goalie from Sound Beach wants to lead young net minders across Long Island.

Cuocco is back home for the summer, following her second season as Drexel’s starting goalie. And the education major is offering her expertise — and passion for teaching — to young goalies via private coaching sessions.

“I have a strong passion for the game and love to see others develop that same love for it,” Cuocco, a Rocky Point High School graduate, says in a Facebook post, offering “private lessons to goalies in the Long Island area.”

The redshirt sophomore helped guide Drexel to a 13-6 record and its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, while leading all NCAA DI goalies with 227 saves and a .569 save percentage. 

Cuocco has been named a Third-Team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). Only 48 student-athletes from 21 different institutions were named All-Americans by IWLCA. Additionally this month, she was named a Second-Team USA Lacrosse Magazine All-American and earned Coastal Athletic Association Goalie of the Year honors for the second straight season.

Check out the post below for information on how to reach Cuocco and arrange for private goalie lessons.

Cucco also ranked second in the nation averaging 11.79 saves per game. In two seasons with the Dragons, she has made a whopping 400 saves and is fourth all-time at Drexel in goals-against average with 8.99 per game.

Cuocco began her academic career at Drexel as a nursing major, but soon switched to elementary education. She is studying to become certified to teach PreK to 4th grade, and she aspires to be a first-grade teacher.

In a Drexel University online article, she said “what we’re doing in the School of Ed is just so rewarding… being able to see young students grow is really rewarding.”

At Rocky Point, Cuocco was a three-sport star, earning the high school’s Female Athlete of the Year award as a senior. She earned All-State and All Long Island recognition in field hockey.

Check out these clips of Cuocco in goal this season.

Top images: Facebook and Drexel University

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