Eastlake's Wonder Woman

Phillip Brents

Fri November 22, 2013 4:15pm

By the time Gillian Stargensky graduates from Eastlake High School next June she will have etched her name in the school’s annals as one of its most prolific female student-athletes. No matter what sport she has taken up during her star-studded four years in a blue and white Titan uniform, she has not disappointed her coaches — or herself, for that matter — with her performance.
Who’s that girl, you might ask? Catch her if you can. Stargensky is on course to earn 11 varsity letters by the time she graduates, including four letters in girls field hockey and lacrosse and three in soccer. If her coaches can convince her to do double duty in track and field next spring, she could finish her Eastlake career with 12 varsity letters.
If that happens, Stargensky will join some very elite company. Vianney Campos, a recent inductee into Eastlake’s Athletics Hall of Fame, earned 12 letters while attending the east side Chula Vista school, from which she graduate in 2003.
Campos may be the greatest female student-athlete to ever don Titan colors. She went on to a star-studded career at the University of the Pacific where she capped a phenomenal collegiate field hockey career with a selection to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America First Team. She finished her four years as the Pacific career record-holder in virtually all offensive categories, including goals in a game, goals in a season, goals in a career, assists in a career, points in a season and points in a career.
Campos is now the women’s field hockey coach at UC Davis. Stargensky could be a future hall of fame candidate. Robert Blas, who coaches Stargensky in both field hockey and lacrosse, said Stargensky’s on-field accolades speak for themselves. She was last year’s MVP and this year’s scoring leader on the girls field hockey team; she helped lead the Titan girls soccer team to a history-making section championship last season and a trip to the Southern California regional semifinals, also as the team’s leading scorer. It’s no small accomplishment that she has earned first team all-league recognition in all three team sports.
“Gillian has speed, agility, vision and the drive to (win) or score,” Blas explained. “Her first few steps are quick and she can get into full stride faster than most. Doing track in middle school and soccer has helped with her running form and endurance.” 
So, what is her favorite sport? Perhaps not unexpectedly, she rates soccer at the top of the list. “That’s because I’ve played it the longest, since I was 3,” she said. “I’ve played soccer my whole life. It’s always been a part of my life. I have a real passion for it.”
The future CIF champion got her start at the AYSO level; she then advanced to competitive club play. She currently plays for the Albion Soccer Club at the 18U level. “We’ve won a bunch of tournaments,” she said. But winning the Division I championship with the Titans was a special moment all its own. “It was amazing,” she explained. “We were the first team at Eastlake to win CIF. I am proud to be a part of that team and to represent Eastlake. “Our chemistry was amazing. We worked really well together. The results showed that on the field.” Success on the field hockey pitch and lacrosse field has come later in life for Stargensky. She only began playing those sports as a freshman in high school. However, her natural athletic ability was present from the start. She scored three goals in her very first varsity field hockey game. The camaraderie that team sports foster has helped make her stay at Eastlake that much more enjoyable, she said.
“I wouldn’t have had as much fun if I didn’t play sports in high school,” she explained. “I really enjoy being a part of the team and representing the school. I think it brings you closer to the school; it’s like being part of a family.” Stargensky said she has no plans of stopping now. She would like to play soccer or field hockey at the next level in college, preferably at the Division I or Division II level. Lacrosse rates third on her list right now.
“Sports are kind of my life,” she said. “I play soccer year-round. It keeps me busy.” But not too busy to don an evening gown as a princess in this year’s homecoming court. It was a magical moment, she admitted. What made it even more special was that her father Joe, who lives in North County and travels out of the area for work, was able to escort her down the runway.
But being in the spotlight was nothing new.