Mahopac Senior is Confident in her Abilities

Erin Girven pushes the attack during a game at Somers last season. Credits: File photo

Mahopac’s Erin Girven is a midfielder on the varsity field hockey team.

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

I started playing field hockey when I was in seventh grade. I began field hockey because my sister, who was also participating in the field hockey program, had encouraged me to try out for the modified team.

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How would you describe last field hockey season? What do you hope to achieve next season?

This past field hockey season our team was driven to make it as far as possible during our season. For this coming season I hope to keep the same energy and tenacity.

Heading into the upcoming field hockey season, how do you plan to prepare?

I plan on preparing by going to track when I can to work on my skills along with my endurance, as well as getting some of my teammates together to begin small scrimmages and practices.

As a junior, how did you see your role on the team, and what did you learn from the seniors?

As a junior, I remained quiet but still felt that I had a big role in the starting lineup. From the seniors the past two seasons I have been on the varsity team, I have learned to be confident in my skills and abilities on the team.

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

My favorite pregame ritual with my teammates is passing a field hockey ball throughout the school day to each teammate, making sure everyone had touched it before the game for good luck.

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

My sister, Shannon. She always encouraged me to go beyond what I believed I could do and reminded me to always stay true to myself.

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

Not a lot of people know that I can bake.

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

As of right now I am still undecided whether or not I would like to play field hockey in college.

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

I hope to study nursing because as a nurse you get to interact with patients and make a difference in their lives. In the future I would also have the ability to specialize in something more specific.

Who is your favorite pro or college sports team?

I enjoy watching all sports so I really don’t have any favorites.

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

I like to listen to anything that will get me excited and ready for the game.

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

Teleportation, so I could go anywhere at any time.

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

I would pick Ireland so I could meet my extended family.

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

After a game my favorite food to eat is a chicken cutlet wrap from Bliss.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Bliss, because whatever you get from their menu it will always be good.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram because I like how it’s specific to photos and videos to share with your friends.

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the field hockey program and why should they go out for the team?

Being a part of the Mahopac field hockey program is like joining a huge family, everyone is welcomed and encouraged. Young athletes should join our family because it gives athletes the chance to play an amazing sport while making new friends and memories.

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