Mahopac Senior Attackman Enjoys Thrill of Lacrosse

Mahopac senior Tommy Murray, left, plays attack for the varsity boys lacrosse team.

Mahopac senior Tommy Murray is an attackman on the boys lacrosse team. He also played football.

How old were you when you first started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?

I started playing lacrosse when I was 12 years old because most of my friends quit baseball to play lacrosse and I found it a more exciting game for me.

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What has it been like with new co-head coaches Sean Mohammed and Tony Tanzi this season?

It has been great. Coach Mo and Coach Tanzi are a perfect duo for the team. They allow us to be ourselves on the field and are not only coaches but we feel like they are one of us as well.

As a returning senior and starting attackman, how do you see your role on the team and how much do you value being a team leader?

My role on the team is to be one of our go-to players on the offensive side of the ball. Being a team leader means a lot to me. I like having the responsibility of knowing that my teammates are looking to me to set the tone on the field as well as at practice.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

Before every home game we have a team dinner. I think it is great because the parents sponsor the dinners and we feel the support. Bringing the team together keeps our friendship tight.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My biggest role model is my mother. She impresses me everyday by showing me her work ethic. She is working and cares for our family. She is the best.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I am a pro at mini golf and always bring home the cup every year at our family vacation.

Do you plan on continuing to play lacrosse in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

I plan on playing club lacrosse at Fordham University. I chose this school to focus on academics while also having fun playing a sport I love.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I am going to study business and finance in school. I chose this because I am interested in the markets as well as corporate real estate.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

J.J. Watt is my favorite pro athlete because of his work ethic. My favorite team, however, is the Baltimore Ravens.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a lacrosse game or tournament?

“Nightmare” by Avenged Sevenfold.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I would want it to be the power to fly because I like the idea of being able to go wherever I want to go.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would like to visit Italy because of the great food.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

After an away game the team gets sandwiches from Crossroads Deli. I get the Sammi, it’s great.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

My favorite place to eat in Mahopac is Bliss. It has the best food and my friends are always there.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

I don’t really use social media, but I mostly use Twitter because of Coach Mo tweeting out practice times.

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 tell them that it has been a great experience. I’ve made many friends that I will never forget and also get to compete competitively in high school lacrosse.

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