CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay’s Charlotte Wilmoth has played on the girls’ lacrosse team since her freshman year. Last season, the Ohio State-bound senior earned All-American and All-State honors, was named LoHud’s Player of the Year, and made the New York State Tournament All-Star Team.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
I’ve been spending a lot of quality time with my family, especially my sister. We’ve been tie dying shirts and redecorating our rooms and our basement. We’ve been watching a lot of movies and playing Yahtzee. My dad always wins but I have a lot of time to work on my strategy. In terms of lacrosse, I’ve been running and working out every day and shooting and doing wall ball to keep my skills sharp.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and what got you started?
I started playing lacrosse when I was in third grade. I actually wanted to continue playing baseball instead of lacrosse, but my friends made me realize how awesome lacrosse is. I started playing with them in their backyards and I began to fall in love with the sport.
What is your favorite thing about being on the John Jay lacrosse team?
My favorite thing about being on the lacrosse team are my teammates. Each season I’ve gotten to know different girls and they’ve made every season a blast. Each season I’ve been on the team everyone has been so kind and caring that it makes playing for John Jay so special.
What is your favorite lacrosse memory at John Jay?
My favorite lacrosse memory was beating Yorktown in the section finals my sophomore year.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model is Kelly Nolan because she tore her ACL twice and signed to play division one lacrosse next year. She’s shown me that whatever you put your mind to, you can achieve.
How do you get prepared for game? Do you listen to music? Any team traditions?
We all usually get hyped up for a game in the team room. We all just blast music and dance to get excited for the game. Also, the bus rides are always so much fun and get me really excited to play. As a team tradition, we try to have team dinners before home games, which is always fun to be around my teammates, and the food is always delicious!
What made you choose Ohio State as the place to continue your lacrosse career?
I chose Ohio State because I just fell in love with the culture and tradition the school offers. The campus is beautiful and is surrounded by a lively city. Although, the current coaching staff didn’t recruit me, they are all empowering women and are such role models. I’m also really looking forward to going to the football games and having the opportunity to play in the Shoe!
What do you plan on studying in college and why?
As of right now I am enrolled in the business school because I do have an interest in marketing. But I think I’m going to change my major to city and regional planning. This major emphasizes the usage of green energy in developing and designing sustainable cities. I also plan on minoring in interior design because I want a possible career in designing eco-friendly homes.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Flying, because I want to travel the world.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
I used to horseback ride all the time.
What is your favorite place to visit on vacation and why?
I love to travel outside of the country because it is so fascinating learning and experiencing different cultures. My favorite place I’ve been with my family is Playa del Carmen (Mexico) because of the vibrant culture and the beaches were absolutely beautiful.
What is your favorite place to eat locally and what’s your favorite meal from there?
My favorite place to eat is Green and Tonic in New Canaan, and my favorite meal is the ultimate warrior smoothie and their acai bowls.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
Pinterest, because it helps give me new ideas on recipes to try, workouts, or clothing brands to explore.
For a young athlete growing up in the John Jay school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the lacrosse team and why should they go out for it?
Being on the lacrosse team gives you a second family that’s filled with funny, kind and amazing people. Being on the team is such a fun experience and a chance to be with your best friends every day.
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