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Mahopac Senior Enjoys Every Moment of Being a Captain

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Andrew Wright, left, defends Somers’ Vincent Cartelli closely. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
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Mahopac senior Andrew Wright is a defenseman and team captain on the varsity lacrosse team. He also was on the wrestling team.

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

I was in second grade when I started playing lacrosse. My brother played the sport and I always loved watching him play.

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As a defender on the team, what are you expecting out of the defense and what will be the key to holding teams to a limited number of goals each game?

I feel that defense is the key to winning games. I expect my fellow poles to be physical and relentless to get the ball back so our offense can score goals and win. What I need my defense to understand is we slide with body, not stick.

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

I need to be there for my team. On and off the field my team is my family. It’s a big role being a captain, but I enjoy every moment of it.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

The team bonding that we have. It’s always great to be best friends with your teammates.

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

My biggest role model is my brother Freddie. He has always pushed me to be the best I can be by leading me in the right direction. He is the reason I play this sport and the reason I wear the number I wear (22).

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

I can make a wicked dolphin noise.

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

I will be playing D-3 lacrosse at Hartwick College. My sister played there and I feel right at home because the coach is a great guy and sees a lot of potential in me. #gohawks

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

I am undecided at the moment, but I would like to get into the medical field. What I’m really pushing for is the FDNY.

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

Definitely Conor McGregor; the guy is a complete savage who isn’t afraid of anyone. My favorite sports team is the Jets, got to love them.

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

Pregame I like to listen to Irish music. It weirdly enough gets me dialed in.

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

Teleportation. Who wouldn’t want to go to the Bahamas with a snap of a finger?

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

Pasta.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Bliss wins it, I eat there maybe every day. Also, my loving mother’s kitchen. Who wouldn’t want to eat her delicious food?

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

I would have to go with Instagram because I post some bomb pictures. Follow me @andrew­_wright22 and follow the boys lacrosse team @pacboyslax.

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?

Playing lacrosse since second grade till now showed me a great work ethic. It taught me nothing is ever given, it is earned. I met my best friends playing this sport whether they are from Mahopac or other towns. Never give up on your dreams.

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