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Senior Finds Second Family in Somers Lacrosse

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Somers senior Nina Bradbury will play lacrosse at SUNY Oneonta next year.
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Somers senior Nina Bradbury plays defense for the varsity girls lacrosse team.

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

I was in third grade when I started playing lacrosse. I started when I saw both of my older sisters playing, so I wanted to give it a try.

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What do you think are your strengths as a lacrosse player?

My strengths as a lacrosse player are my communication and my ability to work well together with the rest of the defense.

The team is near the end of the regular season. What will be the key to closing out the regular season strong and heading into sectionals with momentum?

As we finish off our regular season, one of the keys will be to continue to never look past an opponent and to always stay humble. There is always room for improvement, and that’s something we always remember.

Coming off two straight section championships, there is obviously some pressure on the team to repeat again this season. How does the team handle that pressure and what are the expectations for the rest of the season?

Of course the pressure is always in the back of our minds, but we just have to play one game at a time. Our goal would be to win another section title, and if we play to our full ability, that I know our team is capable of, we will hopefully achieve that. Having a lot of teams after us just keeps us motivated.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

My favorite pre-game ritual would definitely be rocking our Crocs to school, but I’ll never forget our pre-game jam sessions in the locker room.

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

My biggest role model would have to be my dad. My dad has coached me up until my freshman year, and reminds me every day to laugh it off, there is always another game.

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

I did ballet for nine years, up until my sophomore year.

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

Yes, I will continue to play lacrosse at SUNY Oneonta. I chose Oneonta because of the great academics and I loved the campus and coaches.

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

Next year I will be studying fashion merchandising and advertising. I chose to study this because I have always loved fashion and the fashion program at Somers made me want to pursue a career involving fashion.

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

My favorite sports team is definitely the New York Rangers, and I have always loved Dan Girardi.

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

My pre-game playlist is strictly throwbacks. Throwback Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Beyonce will always be my favorite.

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

To be able to fly because I would love to travel the world.

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

Australia because I would love to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.

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

A peanut butter and banana sandwich is always the way to go.

Best place to eat in Somers and why?

16 Hilltop without a doubt, something good is always cooking.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram, it’s the easiest.

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?

Playing for the Somers lacrosse program has been a great experience. John Lucchese has done a great job preparing young girls to play in high school and has helped grow the love of the game. Coach P (Jaime Pryschlak) has helped so many girls, including myself, to go on to the next level and made us the competitive players we are today. Young girls should join the program because it gave me a second family, and I love spending every minute with them on and off the field.

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