Gross understood when she first came to UConn that nothing would be handed to her.
"The best thing that I had is I didn't go in expecting to start," said Gross, who will be joined next year by current Andover star Ally Fazio. "I went in and I was saying, 'OK, this is just like high school, I'm a freshman all over again, I have to work for it.'"
Gross said that the biggest difference between the high school game and the college game is the speed of the game and the fact that everyone is completely dedicated to the sport. As a freshman, one of the biggest challenges initially was an intense preseason lifting regimen on top of practice and class.
"It was kind of a shock to come in, but we all survived," Gross said. "It was hell going through it but we stuck together."