SOMERS, N.Y. – Christopher Lorusso is no stranger to adversity.
As a sophomore, during his first game as a football player at Kennedy Catholic High School, he broke his femur.
He wouldn’t step foot on the gridiron again until his senior year, when he played strong safety and linebacker, and helped lead Kennedy to the New York Catholic High School Football League Class A championship. In the championship game, Lorusso led the Gaels in tackles. He also received the Monsignor Peters Golden Eleven award.
The Mahopac resident also starred in lacrosse, playing four years at Kennedy, the last two as caption. He was named Rookie of the Year as a freshman, and All-League and Defensive MVP his junior year.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
It was tolerable at first, when I had a lot of schoolwork. Now that school has been over for a couple of weeks, I have been trying to occupy my time by improving my golf game, fishing, and I recently got into P90X. I also keep busy by going to work five days a week.
When did you start football and lacrosse and what got you started?
I started playing Mahopac Sports Association flag football when I was 6 and moved on to tackle when I was in fourth grade. I also started MSA lacrosse in fourth grade as well, so it was a big year in athletics for me.
What is your favorite event and why?
My favorite event in sports is playing lacrosse games at Monsignor Farrell. They have been our rivals since I’ve been playing at Kennedy and every time we play out there, the stands are packed with all their alumni who are constantly chirping at us. Something about having such a large group of people rooting against us helped to motivate me to play better. Although, it still kind of stung when they kept calling me “small fry” my freshman year.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at Kennedy?
My favorite memory is when I made the last stop against a player on Holy Trinity running down the field in double-overtime in the state championship in lacrosse. The player dodged toward the goal on me and I landed a check, knocking the ball loose. Then my teammate scooped up the ball and passed it downfield and the offense put in the goal for the win.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model over the years has been my parents. They always motivate me on and off the field to try my hardest and do my best. My dad always made it his priority to attend every lacrosse and football game throughout the years, even if he was traveling for work. I’ve learned from them that hard work, determination and dedication will get you far in life.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Well, I have a couple. I listen to “Codeine Dreaming” by Kodak Black and Lil Wayne. Also, I always try and think of some creative eye black to put on before the game. Going with the concept of look good, feel good, play good!
What are your post-high school plans, athletically and academically?
I will hopefully be able to attend the University of Southern California, where I will study philosophy, politics and economics, with the intent of moving onto law school. I will try out for the club lacrosse team at USC.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation through space and time. Basically, I could be anywhere at any time I desired. I think it would be cool to explore impactful parts of history and experience it in different regions.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
People would be surprised to know that I enjoy reading classical literature. For instance, my favorite novel is “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift.
What place would you most like to visit?
Ibiza, Spain. I would love to go experience the beautiful island and hang out with Mike Posner.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
It’s a split between a nice hot slice of shrimp scampi pizza at Savor or a spicy tuna roll from Kobu.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
Mimo. It’s an app that has been helping me learn how to write codes for computer programming. I take short lessons each day.
Are you currently binging anything?
I’m watching “Hunters,” “Ozark” and just finished “Outer Banks” a week ago
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Practice hard on the field but study harder in the classroom.
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