Mahopac Senior Leads by Example on Pitch

Max Lichtman collects the ball during a game at Yorktown early in the regular season.

Mahopac senior captain Max Lichtman was a midfielder on the varsity soccer team. He also plays on the varsity tennis team.

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

I was 4 years old when I first started playing soccer. I got started because I used to watch my older brother play. That made me want to play soccer, too.

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Heading into sectionals, how did you feel knowing you would be facing your rivals, No. 4 Yorktown, in the first round?

We had played a close game with them in the regular season that could have gone either way, so going into the sectional game we knew we had a good chance to win.

What did you feel was your team’s greatest strength going into the game?

We had a lot of returners from last year’s team. We knew what to expect in a playoff game.

Looking back on the season, what memory stands out most to you?

Our tie against Arlington in the first game of the year. Arlington went undefeated (in the regular season).

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

My role as a leader was to make every person on the team feel important whether they were on the field or on the bench. I valued being a team leader. I’m not very outspoken so I lead by example more than with my voice.

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

My favorite team activity is the pasta parties, and my favorite postgame activity is eating coach [Jim Gencarelli’s] wife’s cookies on the bus ride home.

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

My grandparents are my biggest role models. They came to this country from Germany and worked very hard to make a good life for themselves and their family. They have taught me that hard work and perseverance pay off.

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

I have a disease called Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. I was diagnosed at the age of 7. 

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

I want to study physical therapy. Physical therapy has enabled me to have a good quality of life. 

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

LeBron James, and my favorite sports team is Duke men’s basketball.

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

Rap/hip hop.

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

To teleport so I can get from one place to another without any delay.

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

Aruba because I’ve heard that it is really nice there.

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

Before a game I don’t eat anything, but after a game I like to eat pizza.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Bliss, because you can get a variety of foods and it’s always good.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Twitter, because it gives you constant access to what is going on around you.

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

Being part of a soccer team has been a great experience for me. I have made many friends from soccer and have learned how to be a team player.

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