Mahopac senior Zac Carlin is a defenseman on the lacrosse team. Carlin also played on the football and basketball teams.
How old were you when you first started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I was in sixth grade when I started playing. A bunch of my friends were on the team and I thought it would be fun to play with them. I’m very happy I made that decision.
How do you feel the team will perform this season? What do you think will be the key to the team’s success?
I think we’re going to have a great season. I don’t think there’s really one key to success, but if we continue to work hard and get better as the season goes on the games will take care of themselves.
What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?
My favorite pre-game ritual has to be the team dinners on nights before the game. It’s a great way to get the team together.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My brother has definitely been a huge role model for me. Whenever I need a little guidance or motivation I know I can always go to him.
Do you plan on continuing to play lacrosse in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?
Yes, I will be playing lacrosse at LIU Post. I chose LIU because they have a great program and it was a good fit for me. Also, being able to go to college and play with one of my teammates will be a great experience. (Dan Foley will be playing at LIU as well)
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I plan to pursue environmental engineering in college. I’ve always wanted to be able to work outside not always sitting at a desk.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite pro athlete is probably Noah Syndergaard on the Mets. Even though lacrosse players aren’t supposed to like baseball.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a lacrosse game or tournament?
A nice mix, pretty much anything upbeat.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Definitely teleportation. Being able to be anywhere instantly would be a lot of fun.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
If I had to choose I would go to Italy just for the food.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Pregame I usually go with the classic PB&J and an apple. For after the game it’s either buffalo wings or pizza.
Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?
Hands down Crossroads. Best chicken cutlet in ‘Pac.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter just because of the Classic Dad Moves account.
For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, 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 would definitely tell the young kids that picking up lacrosse is one of the best things they could do. Being on a team with all my friends will be something that I’ll always remember. Some of my best memories were made on the lacrosse field.