|Monique LaMotte playing for the Phantoms vs. Boston Aztec last summer.
|Photo taken prior to the April 25th friendly between the Breakers Reserves & Boston University at Nickerson Field. (From L to R) SUSC’s Brooke Hutchinson, USWNT Sydney Leroux, and Monique LaMotte
For the majority of collegiate players, their soccer careers wrap up at the end of their senior season. University of New Hampshire midfielder Monique LaMotte is determined to continue her career at the highest level possible.
Monique, known by her coaches and friends as "Mo", is currently finishing up her senior year at UNH with a focus in Sports Marketing. During the past three seasons Mo has been an integral part of the Seacoast United Phantoms midfield, competing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League with games taking place from May through July.
While she planned on returning to the Phantoms for a 4th season, Mo decided in February to attend the open tryouts for the Boston Breakers women’s professional team. Based on her performance during the open tryout, she received an invitation to join the team for preseason training.
“Playing with others from the University of North Carolina, Stanford and high level ranked collegiate programs was an eye-opening experience,” said Monique. "The passion that each and every player has towards the sport creates a unanimous sense of unity, which puts excitement and challenges into everyday play."
She made an impression on coaches Lisa Cole and Maren Rojas, and was one of the 25 players that were competing for a position on the final Breakers roster that would be determined April 6th.
With school in the back of her mind, Monique decided to return back to UNH after the week of preseason in order to finish the last month of her senior year and focus on obtaining her degree.
"I decided to return back to UNH in order to complete my last semester of classes and acquire my bachelor’s degree. As badly as I wanted to stay, receiving my degree was the priority for the long-run," said LaMotte.
Monique plans on maintaining a close relationship with the Breakers team this summer, while continuing to improve in order to earn a spot on that final roster in coming years.
"I look forward to spending my summer with the Boston Breakers reserve team, taking feedback from the coaching staff, getting better every day, and staying connected with the Breakers first team in hopes of working up to that desired level of play," added LaMotte.
Seacoast United wishes Monique the best of luck with the Breakers Reserves this summer, and will have the opportunity to see her play at least twice when her new squad faces the Phantoms on June 8th in Portsmouth, and again on July 6th at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, MA.