Mahopac senior Kim Schiera is a captain on the varsity lacrosse team. Schiera is out for the season with an ACL injury. She also played on the varsity field hockey basketball teams.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I was in third grade the first year I started playing. A bunch of my friends were playing so I decided to try it along with them.
As a three-sport athlete do you find it hard balancing your time between academics, sports and a social life?
The older I got the more accustomed to it I became, but sometimes it was tough having to miss hanging out with friends for practices or games.
What made you decide to join the varsity lacrosse team sophomore year after not playing your first year of high school?
I honestly never thought I would like lacrosse as much as I do now and sitting out my freshman year I still went to all my friends games. Just watching from the stands made me realize how much I actually missed it and knew I would play again sophomore year.
Since you are sidelined due to an injury, how do you plan on leading the team off the field?
It’s a little different being on the sideline now, but the whole team has been really helpful through the entire process and still allows me to stand on the sideline and talk to them as if I’m still on the field playing with them.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
Probably would have to be the team dinners the night before the game because it always allows everyone to relax and have an easy night before a big game.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
It has definitely been all three of my brothers. Each of them pushes me to be the best I can be whether it’s on or off of the field.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I don’t like mayonnaise.
Do you plan on continuing to play a sport in college? If yes, where are you going?
I’m currently planning on continuing to play field hockey at Pace University.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
Communications because it opens up so many opportunities in different fields.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
The New York Giants because I grew up in a family of Giants fans.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a lacrosse game or tournament?
Disney songs are a must.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
To fly, so I could get places much quicker.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Punta Cana, because it seems beautiful.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Bacon, egg and cheese.
Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?
Crossroads because bacon, egg and cheeses.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter, because it’s the easiest.
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?
The amount of friends and memories that come with playing lacrosse is incomparable to anything else.