PLB Girls’ Player of the Year Manchester Valley Sophomore Emma Penczek (Q&A in Article)

Emma helped guide the Mavericks to the programs fourth state championship this past season.

As a sophomore, the multi-sport athlete, Penczek put up some amazing the stats to go along with the state title win to cement her status as the Player of the Year.

Emma Penczek

Emma Penczek stats 2023:
Assists 43
Goals 93
Points 136
Draw Controls 129
CTO: 37

“Emma is a humble competitor who makes everyone around her better,” said her head coach Shelly Brezicki.

“She expects the most of herself and works to get there. She is a threat all over the field- scoring, draw, defense, making it hard for opponents to shut her down. Her game IQ and awareness are her biggest threat.”

We had the privilege of asking the M&D Lacrosse Club member a few questions about this past spring season as well as some fun questions. Please take a look at our Q&A with Emma below.

Peace Lax Blog: What’s one word you would use to describe this season’s Manchester Valley team?

Emma Penczek: Unforgettable

PLB: How many years have you been playing lacrosse and how were you introduced to the sport?

EP: I have been playing lacrosse since kindergarten and was introduced to the sport in a P.E. Class at my elementary school.

PLB: What’s it like to play for Coach Brezicki?

EP: It’s amazing to play for Coach B, she is always giving good advice and pushing us to be better because she knows we can. She always makes us laugh but also keeps us focused. There’s never a dull moment 🙂

PLB: How does it feel to be recognized as Player of the Year by so many news outlets?

EP: It’s an honor that I was not expecting. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and my coaches throughout the couples months that we had together.

PLB: Favorite kind of ice cream?

EP: Cake batter is my favorite ice cream flavor

PLB: Favorite song currently?

EP: My favorite song is “Last Night” by Morgan Wallen

PLB: Best piece of advice you’ve received?

EP: To have a goldfish memory, meaning don’t let mistakes in the past affect how you play in the present. Use that as motivation to make you even better.

PLB: Hobbies / Community Service??

EP: I also play basketball and soccer. I love coaching younger girls, I get to coach them and have fun with them. I will also being doing some one on one and group trainings this summer for some younger players. I also just like to have a day where I can relax and take a nap or two.

PLB: What can we expect from Man Valley in 2024?

EP: In 2024 you can expect another hard working team with goals on their mind. We will focus on the present and not on the past.

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