Mahopac senior Kristen Maxwell is a midfielder on the varsity lacrosse team. She also played on the varsity field hockey squad.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I started playing when I was in fifth grade. My sister finally convinced me to play and taught me everything the day before my first practice.
After missing last season due to a knee injury, how does it feel to be playing again?
It feels great to be back out on the field playing the sport I love with the girls I grew up playing with.
How has the team been preparing for the upcoming season?
The team has been playing winter league every week and stick skills twice a week to keep our sticks moving before the start of the season.
What are some personal goals you have for yourself this season? What are some goals you have for the team?
My personal goal is to be an intense threat on both the offensive and defensive sides of the field. As a team, my goal is to have a higher seed than past years going into sectionals.
What do you feel your role will be on the team this year?
I plan to be a leader on the field and off the field. I feel my role will be to push the transition through the midfield and create opportunities on offense.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
My favorite team activity is the team dinners we have the night before a big game. The food is always great and the bonding gets us hyped for the big day.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model is my sister, Kelly. We are very close and I don’t know what I would do without her by my side. She taught me to be a smart player and a leader on the field. Her influence made me the lacrosse player and the person I am today.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I can’t go a day without having a bowl of cereal.
Do you plan on continuing to play lacrosse in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?
I am committed to play Division 1 lacrosse at the University of Delaware. I chose this school for the opportunities it has to offer and the big school atmosphere.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I plan on studying communications because of the many paths you can take with that degree.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite professional athlete is Mats Zuccarello and my favorite team is the New York Rangers.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a lacrosse game or tournament?
Hip hop and pop hits radio on Pandora.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
To be able to run endlessly without being tired because that would be convenient.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I would love to go on vacation to Australia because it’s gorgeous and the people have cool accents.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
A ham, cheese and mayonnaise sandwich on a roll.
Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?
The Chophouse Grille because the steak there is phenomenal and the service is excellent.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter because it’s a great source for updates and good laughs.
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?
Being a part of the lacrosse team has been a great experience. You get a chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself. I got a chance to meet some of my best friends and grow up with them through lacrosse.