Determined Senior Thrives On and Off the Field

Mary Murphy will play lacrosse next year at Princeton University.

Somers senior Mary Murphy is a defender and team captain on the varsity lacrosse team. She also was on the girls soccer squad.

How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?

I started playing lacrosse when I was in the fourth grade. Most girls in the Somers youth program had begun a year earlier and Sydney Ericson, a 2016 graduate who now plays at Sacred Heart, taught me how to cradle.

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What is it like being part of a team that has seen so much recent success?

There’s something special about coming to practice each day knowing that the expectations are as high as they are and that we as a team have a reputation to maintain.  The past success has been a product of hard work and a strong connection between girls with a common love for lacrosse.

What has it been like being a senior on the lacrosse team? How do you look to lead the team?

The girls on the team that graduated last year were some of the most driven people I’ve ever met, so the other seniors and I definitely have some big shoes to fill. But for me, this year is all about embracing that challenge and ensuring that last year’s intensity is maintained. I hope to lead the team by displaying a strong work ethic. I want to show my younger teammates that determination will carry you far.

What accomplishments have you been most proud of?

Having contributed to multiple section titles in soccer and lacrosse is a huge source of pride, but I would argue that my proudest moments have come from my academic success.

What are the team’s goals and what are some of your personal goals for this season?

Our collective goal every single day is to put in 110 percent. Coach Jaime (Pryschlak) often reminds us that we’re human, and that mistakes are bound to happen. But I think she would agree that our mistakes and missteps are what help to expose our weaknesses, that help us to work harder and smarter. Our schedule this year is incredibly competitive, so it all comes down to who is willing to put in the extra effort. That’s our goal. To be that team, and to be willing. As for personal goals, I hope to emerge as a team leader on defense and be extremely vocal.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

“I’m on a Roll” by Stefano always gets us pumped up before games.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve looked up to Gabby Rosenzweig, a teammate of mine for three years and a current starting freshman at UPenn. From her, I have learned how important it is to have a strong work ethic and what it takes to succeed on the field and in the classroom.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I have two different colored eyes.

Do you plan on continuing to play lacrosse in college? If yes, have you committed yet, where are you going and why did you select that school?

Yes, I will be continuing my lacrosse career at Princeton University. I love how the coaches there believe that all their players come to school as students first and foremost.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I plan to study some combination of English and economics. Writing has been a longstanding interest of mine and I hope to be published someday.

Who are your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

I would marry Tom Brady right now if I could. Patriots all the way.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Livy Rosenzweig’s pregame playlist is definitely a good one.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I’m not sure if it counts as a super power, but I’d choose synesthesia. People with this condition often associate colors with words or sounds. Seeing a rainbow of colors at any given moment would be pretty cool.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Florence. I fell completely in love with Rome on a school trip last year and I’m dying to see more of Italy.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

Eggplant Combo from Cardillo’s.

Best place to eat in Somers and why?

The Ferguson household—hands down.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram—I don’t have the other two!

For a young athlete growing up in Somers, 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 lacrosse program is backed by exceptional coaches and a Somers community that strongly supports its athletes.  Being a part of the program is a privilege, for anyone who plays for a Somers team will undoubtedly be shaped as a player and person.

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