Mahopac senior Alyssa Kirby is a team captain and defender on the varsity girls lacrosse team. She also was on the varsity girls soccer team.
How old were you when you first started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I started playing lacrosse in fourth grade. My elementary school teacher, Ms. D’Amore, coached our youth team and the JV team as well. She encouraged me to start playing and I loved it right away.
As a senior, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?
When I joined the team at the end of my eighth grade season, I was able to learn from some great older players. As a captain this year I am trying to teach the younger girls all that I’ve learned throughout my varsity experience and leave the program even better than I found it.
What do you think are your strengths as a lacrosse player?
I see the field and communicate well. This has really helped me on defense, which requires a tremendous amount of movement both on and off the ball.
How does it feel to be undefeated league champions? What are your hopes for sectionals?
Last year we had to share the league title with Arlington, so it’s truly an awesome feeling to have taken the title for ourselves this year. We have a nice win streak entering sectionals, and as long as we can continue to perform at a high level on both ends of the field, we will do exceptionally well in the tournament.
What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?
My favorite pre-game activity would have to be our team dinners. We’re a tight-knit group, but they bring us even closer together and get us psyched for the upcoming game.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
Both of my parents have been so supportive over the years. They have pushed me to be the best I can be, and have taught me the importance of being able to balance sports and academics.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
Most people don’t know that I love to paint. I took AP studio art for two years and have been involved in the art department at the high school.
Do you plan on continuing to play lacrosse in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?
I went through the recruiting process, but decided that the collegiate varsity level isn’t for me. I’ll probably play club lacrosse in college, which is less of a time commitment. I intend to focus on my academics, study abroad and have internships, which would be difficult to balance if I were to play at the varsity level.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I’ve decided to attend Bucknell University with a major in accounting and financial management. I was fortunate to be accepted as a PricewaterhouseCoopers scholar, which will provide me with mentoring and internship opportunities that I wouldn’t have access to anywhere else.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
Providence College men’s basketball and hockey are my favorite college teams. My sister goes to Providence and we have had a great year following PC sports.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a lacrosse game or tournament?
Even though my friends and teammates think it’s crazy, I’m really not a music person, so I listen to whatever is on the warm-up tape.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Since I’m capable of losing just about anything, some kind of ability to find my phone and keys would be awesome.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I’d really love to go on an African safari.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
I usually go with an apple pre-game, but post-game I’ll eat just about anything.
Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?
Bucci’s. Their food is amazing and they support many of our student government initiatives and have always promoted our town’s athletic teams.
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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 loved playing lacrosse at Mahopac and strongly urge young girls to give it a try. The program promotes personal and team growth and challenges its players both on and off the field. I’ll never forget my time on the field and the lifelong friendships I’ve made.