NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – North Salem senior Cole Jeffery has played for four years on the varsity lacrosse team, the last two as captain. The senior leader is keeping his spirits high despite the canceled season.
“I’m happy to say this is the first season that North Salem lacrosse has gone undefeated!” Jeffery said, jokingly.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
I’ve been getting outside a lot—hiking and fishing with friends—staying 6 feet apart! When I’m bored, I’ll play Xbox and eat.
When did you start playing lacrosse and what got you started?
I started playing lacrosse in eighth grade. I ran spring track the year before and realized that running in circles is not my thing. My friends played lacrosse, so I bought a cheap stick from Target and it soon became my favorite sport.
What jersey number do you wear and is there any significance behind it?
I’ve always worn No. 18. It’s just my lucky number.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at North Salem?
At one of my first lacrosse games as a freshman, we played Our Lady of Lourdes. One of their players started a fight with our goalie and the next thing I saw was half our team clear the bench and rush the field. I remember thinking, “Is this what lacrosse is going to be like?” We paid for it when our coach had us do sprints the entire next practice.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My coach, CJ Fleming, has turned me into the lacrosse player that I am today. I wouldn’t be as good as I am without his instruction. And North Salem graduate James Buzzetto, who played LSM (long-stick midfielder), the position I play now. He taught me a few tips and tricks and sold me my first D-pole (defense lacrosse shaft).
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
The seniors—all three of us—just hang out and get in the zone.
What are your post-high school plans, athletically and academically?
I plan on attending the University of Utah, where I’ll be majoring in outdoor fun! I might play club team, and who knows, maybe I’ll be a D-1 walk-on. The world is full of possibilities!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I’d like to be able to talk to my lazy dog, so I know what she’s thinking all the time. And also, so I can ask her to get me Dr. Peppers from the fridge!
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
My favorite cereal is Fruit Loops.
What place would you most like to visit?
I’d like to visit the Redwood Forests in California and drive through a Redwood tree in my car.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
Peach Lake Market. Shout out to Rini!
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
I like Instagram just because I can keep scrolling through it and not get bored.
Are you currently binging anything?
I’m not binging anything right now, but I’m open for suggestions.
For a young athlete growing up in the North Salem school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the lacrosse team and why should they go out for it?
If you’re looking to be a part of a team and brotherhood, then the lacrosse team is where to find it. You’ll learn a lot from the great coaching staff, and you get to let out some aggression on the field!
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