Mahopac senior Johnnie Ward was a starting attackman on the varsity boys lacrosse team.
How old were you when you first started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I first started playing in second grade with Aidan Hynes, Dan Foley and Christian Donahoe all on my team with my dad as the coach. My dad introduced me and had me practice and sign up.
The team upset Fox Lane again in the quarterfinals and made it to the semifinals this season. How did you feel about the season overall?
We had a tough schedule so we had a slow start but we got our confidence up towards the end and made a good run. I’m still happy with the outcome of our season.
What was it like with new co-head coaches Sean Mohammed and Tony Tanzi this season?
I’ve been with coach Mo for a while so it was great to spend my last season with him as my coach. Coach Tanzi handled the last minute notice for being our coach very well and was also a great asset to our team. Tanzi was very helpful with quick tips at attack.
As a returning senior how did you see your role on the team and how much did you value being a team leader?
I felt it was important to act as a leader and a great role model for the younger teammates, especially Ryan Dugan, a sophomore, who started with me on attack. He’s like a younger brother to me.
What was your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?
I loved getting to the locker room before games and getting hyped up with the team listening to my goalie, Mike Aurisicchio’s music. No better feeling than getting ready for a big game with the boys.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My brother, Frankie, has been the biggest role model to me. He’s always pushing me to be the best I can be on and off the field. I’d kill to get out on the field and play with him again.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I absolutly hate running.
You have committed to Western Connecticut and will continue your lacrosse career there. Why did you select that school and what appealed to you about their lacrosse program?
The coach reached out to me and asked me to come visit. I liked the campus along with its atmosphere, it just felt like the right fit for me.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I’m going to study finance and business because I’ve always been interested in the stock market and investing.
Who is your favorite pro or college sports team?
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a lacrosse game?
I like to listen to some Mac Miller and Future.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I’d choose flying — I’m just too lazy for running or walking.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I’d like to go outside of the United States since I never had the opportunity to, specifically Italy so I can see some family.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?
This is easy, Chophouse (Grille), Toni Vulaj, the owner, has supported our team the last few years and hooks it up with a perfect porter house for two when I’m really hungry.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Instagram — pictures and videos only. This way I don’t have to read what your doing 24/7.
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?
Mahopac’s a family and we stick together no matter what; even after we graduate. I wouldn’t want to be a part of any other team.