Keeper: Danielle Sedillo

Danielle Sedillo“Academics are really important to me, and I knew I could receive a world-class education at Lafayette,” says Danielle Sedillo. “Also, I was given the chance to continue my soccer career, and I loved that I was given the combination of the two.”

  • BEGINNINGS: Sedillo hails from Union, N.J., and graduated from The Pingry School.
  • SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: While not absolutely sure of her academic path, Sedillo loves the interdisciplinary nature of the government & law and French majors, and believes they are perfect preparation for her goals of studying in France and attending law school. But she is open to other possibilities. “Lafayette allows flexibility to take different courses on a wide variety of topics. Who knows, I could be an economics major by the time I graduate!”
  • SHOT-STOPPER: Sedillo has played soccer since age 5, and joins the varsity team as a goalkeeper. At first, she disliked the position, but after a talk with her dad, realized that stopping goals wins as many games as scoring them. “Soccer has shaped who I am today. It has helped me be a leader on the field, as well as in the classroom. I’ve learned to put my team before myself because we all have the same goal—to win. We join together to achieve our goals. When I put on my jersey, I am representing something bigger than myself.”
  • BUILDING ON SUCCESS: A four-year starter at Pingry, which won state championships in 2011 and 2012, Sedillo also played club soccer for PDA Celtic, four-time New Jersey State Champions. In her first victory as a Leopard, she made two saves in Lafayette’s 2-1 defeat of Manhattan to open the season.
    • Book: Persuasion by Jane Austen
    • Movie: Finding Nemo
    • TV Show: Adventure Time
    • Food: mom’s homemade fettuccini alfredo
    • Song: “Crash” by Dave Matthews Band
    • Saying: “Gotta risk it for the biscuit” and “Keep your eye on the prize”
    • Soccer Star: Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon (GK, Juventus/Italian National Team)
    • Last Word: “I’m superexcited to see what Lafayette has to offer, and I can’t wait to spend the next four years here!”