CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Annie Conway, a 2019 John Jay graduate, was a team captain and played defense on the varsity girls lacrosse team. The Indians won two straight section titles and advanced to the state finals for the first time in team history this season.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I was in fourth grade when I first started playing lacrosse. In all honesty, I don’t really know how I started, but I was the type of kid who kinda tried everything, and lacrosse was next up.
What did it mean to you and the team to win another section title and advance all the way to the state championship game?
It felt good getting back and making it even further than last year. The feeling was a little different this year. Last year, there were nerves and excitement. This year, it was all business. We knew we had a job to do, and we came pretty close to finishing it. To get to end my four-year high school career in the state final was pretty unreal.
What do you think are your strengths as a lacrosse player?
My IQ of the game. Over the years of playing, I’ve picked up knowledge of the game that has really helped me excel and bring my game to the next level.
As a senior on the team, how much did you value being a leader?
Especially this year, it was really meaningful for me to not only lead the defense, but be able to teach all the younger players everything I know about the game and at the same time, learn new things from them. It was incredibly rewarding to get to work with everyone else to see what worked.
What was your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you shared with your teammates?
I always loved going to get food with my teammates both before games or practices, and after big wins. And not necessarily a ritual, but one of my favorite feelings is coming together with my teammates after a big win.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I have the same birthday as both my cousin and my nana!
Do you plan on continuing your lacrosse career in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you pick that school?
Yes! I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Bates College in Maine. I picked Bates for the incredibly strong sense of community, and the small, tightknit classes.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
While things are always apt to change, I want to study politics or international relations, and eventually go into working for non-profits or something along those lines.
Who is your favorite professional athlete?
My favorite sport to watch is tennis and my favorite athlete is Serena Williams.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
Prior to games, I love to listen to new, upbeat music that gets me in the right mindset for the game.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
It would be to be able to speak any language. I’m pretty bad at languages, and for the profession I want to go into they are really important. I also think it’d be really cool to be able to speak any language because it helps you understand different cultures.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I think I would go to Costa Rica. After doing a lot of city vacations, I’m really intrigued by the nature and chillness of Costa Rica.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
My favorite food to eat almost anytime is açaí bowls.
Best place to eat around the Katonah-Lewisboro area?
I’d say the best place to eat in the area is either Sobol in Ridgefield (Conn.) or Little Kabab Station in Mt. Kisco.
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram? Why?
I like Instagram the most because I love seeing pictures and seeing what everyone is doing with their lives, especially during the summer.
For a young athlete growing up in Katonah-Lewisboro, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the lacrosse program and why should they go out for the team?
I’d encourage anyone to go out for the lacrosse program because not only would you be joining a family, you’d be joining a sport where mistakes and everything else is encouraged. From the youth coaches all the way to the teammates you will have in high school, you will have a great experience regardless of your skill set.