Stephanie Stuart is a senior goalkeeper on the women’s lacrosse team and is pursuing a degree in forensic psychology. Stuart has played lacrosse since 8th grade, getting into the sport after wanting to stop horseback riding and participate in a high school sport. Lacrosse was originally her father’s idea, but she went along with it and quickly fell in love with it. During Stuart’s time at FIT, the Panthers have been ranked No. 5 in the nation. In 2016 and 2017, she was named to the All-Sunshine State Conference first team.
One of her favorite things about lacrosse and FIT is having had the opportunity to build the team from the ground up. When Stuart enrolled in 2014, it was the program’s inaugural year. In a span of four years, the program has done more than most would have expected. After college, Stuart hopes to enroll in the police academy and work with her local sheriff’s office. She did not always want to be an officer, but after switching her major from aquaculture to forensic psychology, she found her true calling.
“I love my community, and being able to serve them and keep them safe is what I want to do,” she said. “FIT has presented me with many opportunities to prepare myself for my career and to improve myself as a person. Its athletic department has also surely made a name for itself, as many other sports are also nationally ranked. It’s great to be a Panther.”
Sport: Women’s Lacrosse
Hometown: Palm Coast, Florida
Major: Forensic Psychology