Written for CUWFalcons.com by Julia Fischer
It takes hard work and determination to break records. Putting in hours of practice and workouts has finally paid off for the multi-talented athlete Veronika Metanova. Metanova, who recently became the Falcons career points and assists leader, also holds records as a goalie in Women's Lacrosse.
Before the second semester started, Metanova found out she was very close to breaking the point's record thus leading her to work even harder towards that goal. "Breaking the record was a great honor," Metanova said, "but I still had to keep the bigger picture in mind with playoffs being right around the corner." The Falcons are still in a position where they could qualify for the final spot in the Slaats Cup Playoffs depending on this weekend's results. [Metanova and her fellow seniors will be honored for Senior Day Saturday against UW-Stevens Point]
This skilled competitor has broken not just one, but two records here at CUW in two different sports. Metanova holds the record in Women's Lacrosse for both save percentage and goals-against average. "It's amazing to know what I've accomplished in both sports that I play," Metanova said. "In lacrosse, I contribute my record to the success of my defense. They make it possible for me to achieve said record."
With lacrosse season not so far away, Metanova hopes to see lots of wins for her team as well as another conference championship earned for CUW. Last year, the Women's Lacrosse team was given a bye in the first rounds of the NCAA tournament. The goal this year would be making it past that second round and beat some of the nationally ranked teams they would be up against.
Playing one sport in college can be a challenge, let alone three. Although it was only for one season, Metanova had the opportunity to play for CUW's Women's Golf team. Extending a helping hand, Metanova joined the golf team as their fifth golfer for the 2013 fall season.
"The coach at the time reached out to me asking if I would join the team," Metanova explained. "Even though my scores weren't great, I had a working knowledge of the game that allowed me to help out the team." After a single season during her freshman year, Metanova decided to stop playing golf and continue playing hockey and lacrosse.
Besides being a divergent competitor, Metanova has also had a diverse upbringing. Metanova and her family immigrated to the Chicago area from Bulgaria when she was six years old. Metanova contributes a lot of her success to her parents. They instilled a very hard work ethic in her and have always been supportive of her goals and dreams. Metanova speaks her native language at home and can also speak Spanish and now English.
"It was a very big culture shock coming here and only knowing one person," Metanova said. "I didn't know English very well when we first came here. I had to take ESL (English as a second language) classes when I started school here in 1st grade."
Metanova will be graduating this spring with a degree in Criminal Justice. She is looking to pursue a career in law enforcement once she is done at CUW. Metanova has gotten lots of positive feedback from current law enforcement officers that her athletic career at CUW will help in her future endeavors.
"The physical strength I have gained as well as the people skills and teamwork experience are things that aren't necessarily learned the same as when they come from being a part of a sports team," Metanova explained.
With hockey season slowly coming to an end and lacrosse season right around the corner, we'll be looking towards Metanova leading her teams to victories in the coming weeks and months. She's stood out in both sports with record-breaking performances and has certainly left her legacy in a Concordia University Wisconsin uniform.