Somers senior Jess Monaco is a goalie and team captain on the varsity lacrosse team. She also was on the field hockey squad.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I was in third grade when I started playing lacrosse. I joined because some of my friends were signing up for it and encouraged me to also.
What is it like being part of a team that has seen so much recent success?
To be part of that success makes putting on a Somers jersey an honor. We are held to high standards and I like having that responsibility and challenge.
What has it been like being a senior on the lacrosse team? How do you look to lead the team?
I try to lead the team by being as vocal as possible with instructions on the field, and show my teammates that it is OK to ask questions because that is part of learning.
What accomplishments have you been most proud of?
I am very proud of what our team has become. Going to the section finals for the past three years and state final my sophomore year really demonstrates how far this program has come. We have put a lot of hard work in to get to this level.
What are the team’s goals and what are some of your personal goals for this season?
This year we hope to return to the section final game, but also need to stay focused every day. I personally am trying to hold myself more accountable and set a higher level of play.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
I love to sing with my teammates in the locker room before every game.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My parents are my biggest role models because they taught me how to be respectful and to learn from listening to others.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I am a triplet.
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?
Next year I will be playing Division 2 lacrosse for Pace University. I picked it because it has a fairly new lacrosse program that has seen great success.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I want to be a patent lawyer. I find that field to be very interesting.
Who are your favorite professional athlete?
Brett Gardner on the Yankees because he makes sick catches in left field.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
I love our team playlist, but I also like listening to rap music before games.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I would want to have invisibility because you can go somewhere and no one would know.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Hawaii because it seems so pretty and relaxing.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
After a game I love to eat penne alla vodka.
Best place to eat around Somers and why?
My house because I come from an Italian family and my dad is an awesome cook.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter. I don’t like to tweet but some people’s tweets are hilarious.
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?
Being part of the lacrosse team here is like having a second home. We treat each other like family. Lacrosse is such a fun, fast-paced sport and you have the opportunity to be part of a program with a lot of experience in playing a high level of lacrosse.