NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Jenna Shaughnessy is a senior captain on the North Salem girls lacrosse team. She was named All-League twice (2019, 2018) and All-League Honorable Mention (2017). She is committed to play lacrosse next year at Randolph Macon College (Ashland, Va.).
Shaughnessy also played soccer from kindergarten until her junior year.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
Since we started back at school with distance learning (shout out to the great teachers of North Salem), keeping busy has been a little easier, but other than homework, I’ve been exercising and catching up on some shows that I haven’t been able to watch until now.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and what got you started?
I was 6 years old. My dad learned the game to help my sister because she wanted to try something new. When she started playing, I was just the little sister who wanted to spend time with her older sister, so I picked up a stick as well. I was lucky enough to have a dad who had coached in the North Salem, Somers, and John Jay youth programs, which provided me the opportunity to play anytime I wanted.
What jersey number do you wear and is there any significance behind it?
I wear number 20. I like to have a 2 in my number as my birthday is in February (the second month of the year) in 2002
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at North Salem?
The two-week run in the 2019 sectionals, when we went to the championship game as the 14th seed. The best part of that run was playing and winning in the high-pressure semifinal game against Pleasantville, who beat us the prior year in OT.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model is my sister. She was the one who would always ask if I wanted to pass in the yard or shoot on the net. She is my favorite 1v1 partner (even though she crushed me 8/10 times). She inspired me to work my hardest on and off the field. But most importantly she was the one who taught me how to parallel park.
What life lessons have you learned from sports?
Teamwork and how to be a part of something that is bigger than myself.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
It is a very weird thing, and no one, not even myself, knows why, but I take a 10-minute nap during the bus rides and even during car rides with my dad during summer and fall ball.
What made you choose Randolph Macon College as the place to continue your lacrosse career?
I chose RMC because of the environment on campus as well as the people I met while I was on campus.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation. It is a long drive to Virginia.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
I really enjoy graphic design and writing.
What place would you most like to visit?
At this point, anywhere but my house!
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
Il Forno in Somers. The pizza is amazing, and I’ve been going there since I was little with my family.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
Instagram allows me to connect with so many people including my friends from home and people I’ve met during the camps and clinics I’ve attended over the years.
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 them?
Lacrosse is a really fun sport that you can enjoy with your friends. Some of my best friendships have been made on the lacrosse field.
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