NLL Girl of the Week: It’s Danielle of Buffalo going up against Michelle of Calgary

Danielle, left, and Michelle.
Danielle, left, and Michelle.

It wasn’t even close last week, and so Kellie’s stay in ILIndoor’s National Lacrosse League Girl of the Week contest is a short one. She has April of the Philadelphia Angels to thank for that as April rolled into the next round with 958 votes to Kellie’s 97. That means April garnered 91% of the 1,055 votes for the blowout win. Ouch. But by season’s end, Kellie may have bragging rights as the Edmonton Rush are on a 2-game win streak and April’s Philadelphia Wings, well, are not on a win streak. Either way, the vote for last week’s Girl of the Week is done and we move on to the third matchup of this colossal event, pitting Buffalo’s Danielle against Michelle of Calgary.

Danielle
Danielle

The 2103 season is Danielle’s first with the Bandettes, and can you think of a more daunting barn for a dancing girl to make her NLL debut? Well, maybe daunting is the right word. But in a building that regularly packs 15,000 for Bandits games, there are a lot of eyes on you as opposed to other arenas league-wide. As it is, Danielle’s got to know she’s performing in a building that’s one of the most electric in the league.

She’s from Buffalo, according to her profile page at Bandits.com, and she’s working as a teacher both in daycare and dance. No word if that’s 2 separate jobs or if she’s teaching the kids in daycare to dance, but maybe we’ll be able to track down that information at a later date.

She says she’s got plans to open her own bakery someday and that would go a long way in maintaining her disposition of energetic, happy and funny, the 3 words she chose to describe herself. She fancies herself the patient sort but also says she can be too hard on herself, but her proudest achievement is not rooted in patience. She says her return to dance just 1 month after spinal surgery ranks at the top, especially because doctors initially told her she’d have to wait at least a year. Impressive, indeed.

There’s not much lacrosse in London, the destination of her dream vacation. But if the determination she showed in returning to dance after surgery rears its head again, who’s to say Danielle will not only make that trip but start a team there? Hey, it could happen.

Michelle
Michelle

Danielle’s competition this week is Michelle. And that’s Michelle H. if you’ve been browsing the Drill Crew’s website and we have to make that specification because there’s more than 1 Michelle there. But today, we’re looking at Michelle H. and like Danielle, Michelle is a dance teacher. Shocking! But she also works as a research analyst. What she researches and what she analyzes isn’t made known to us, but you gotta figure dancing for the Drill Crew makes for a nice outlet after crunching numbers or data all week.

In Calgary, they let the dancers choose 4 words to describe themselves in their profiles, unlike the 3 they’re allowed in Buffalo. And Michelle chose ambitious, energetic, personable and respectful. At least 2 of those are solid traits to be an NLL dancer, but personality and respect aren’t bad qualities to have, either. And since she states that Forrest Gump is her favorite movie, we’d love to know what her favorite song is from that awesome soundtrack.

Having Mumford and Sons on the iPod adds to the coolness factor and when she’s relaxing in front of the television, you might find her watching Dexter and/or The Walking Dead. She dreams of traveling to Africa for a vacation, but says the best vacation she actually has taken is a toss-up between backpacking in Europe and the trip to Cabo with the Drill Crew.

Over the years, these profiles we’ve sorted through aren’t really known for stirring anything up, so it must really be a sore spot for Michelle when she’s asked about her pet peeve and she says “Rider fans.” She’s not pulling any punches there, that’s for sure.

And there you have it, dear reader. We’ve introduced you to Danielle of Buffalo and Michelle of Calgary. And since this is our third week of the contest, we’re sure you know what it’s now time for. Yeah, vote.

Who is your NLL Girl of the Week?

  • Michelle (57%, 17,085 Votes)
  • Danielle (43%, 12,641 Votes)

Total Voters: 29,723

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Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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