The Luxardo triplets — Alex, Dom and Gabby — are truly a triple threat. They’ve anchored the backfield, midfield and forward line at Bloomsburg Area High School and have been key contributors on all lines of the court for their club team, X-Calibur, for six years. But come fall, the 1-2-3 punch will be a thing of the past as the Luxardos will be heading to three different Division I field hockey programs.
“I thought it would be great to play in college with my sisters or at least one of them,” shared Gabby (the forward of the trio.) “The are my best friends and I love being with them, but it just didn’t work out. Either way, I know we will still be very close and I’m excited for the next chapters in our lives.”
Gabby will head to Miami of Ohio, a program that finished first in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in 2015. Alex will suit up for the #2 MAC team, Kent State University. Dom will play at Hofstra University, a team that landed at #3 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) last season.
With Miami of Ohio and Kent State being MAC rivals, Gabby and Alex will follow each other’s teams closely and will face off numerous times throughout their college careers. “Of course I’ll always be checking on Dom to see how Hofstra is doing!” Gabby noted.
“My teammate, Nettie from X-Calibur is also going to Hofstra so it will be really nice to go with a friend, but it’s still not the same as having my sisters with me,” Dom (the defensive back) said. “We traveled together every Friday night to X-Calibur for two hours each way, to every tournament, and to all the clinics and camps we attended. My first NIT Qualifier and NIT were with my sisters. It’s great always having them with me; I couldn’t trust anyone more to have my back and to pick me up.”
Alex, the midfielder, commented that being triplets “gave us a special bond on the field. I loved playing with them because I could always anticipate what they would do and or where they would be. We’ve played together so long that we know each other’s style of play and I feel that it gave us almost an advantage.”
The trio were all standouts at Bloomsburg, a perennial powerhouse program that qualified for PIAA States in the girls’ junior and senior years. Each of them earned All-League and All-State honors. Gabby also holds the school record for most career goals; Dom was named 2015 Press Enterprise Field Hockey MVP. With X-Calibur, the Luxardos have medaled at the USA Field Hockey Disney Showcase and played in the National Indoor Tournament every year since 2013; their last NIT is just a week away.
“They play well together and there are times when I have them all out on the court together,” noted Erik Enters who has coached the Luxardos at X-Calibur for three years. “They are actually more demanding and less forgiving with each other compared to how they are with other teammates and this seems to help them focus and produce good things on the court. The best part is they are very tight and always seem to be on the same page.”
The triplets acknowledge the support of their coaches and especially their parents in their journey to Division I field hockey. “I know I wouldn’t have accomplished so much without them,” said Dom. “They have been my rock from day one.”
Their parents’ driving to and from practices may not be over with the triplets’ 12-year old sister, Isabella, embracing the sport. Add to that, the rubber they’ll put down to attend collegiate games. “My parents have talked about when they will see us play and they say they will keep it even and see us as much as they can,” Alex said. “It will be interesting when Gabby and I play and who my parents will root for!”
The sisters all have goals of securing starting positions — sooner than later — and being key contributors to their respective programs as well as winning conference championships. Dom also shared “I want to help my team win a National Title; another goal is to be an All-American.”
“All three girls will excel at the collegiate level. They love the sport of field hockey and that is the key. They all work to improve their skills and understanding of the game,” noted Enters.
In addition to field hockey, the triplets are focused on academic excellence and feel confident that their college choices will allow them to thrive on the field and in the classroom. Alex and Dom plan to major in Health Sciences; Gabby is undecided.
In reflecting on their field hockey careers to date, the girls emphasize how much they’ll miss their club teammates and coaches “who have truly gotten me to where I am today,” shared Dom. They’ll miss their time on the high school field with friends and making it to States. But most of all, they’ll miss their family and each other.
“I will miss talking to and seeing my sisters every day because they are my best friends,” shared Alex.
“Every accomplishment they have gotten, I’ve been there and I will continue to be there…I am so proud of them and I can’t wait for all of the accomplishments they will have to come,” added Dom.
“Yeah, I know I will call or text them every night,” Gabby said. “I’m probably going to be the annoying sister but I don’t care. I’m going to miss them so much!”
…And we will miss you. Best of luck, Luxardos! #PhilaFHtriplethreat
cover photo and bottom l to r: Dom, Gabby and Alex Luxardo
top photo: Gabby, Dom, X-Calibur Coach Brian Hope, Alex
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