Somers senior Joe Hashmall is a team captain and midfielder on the varsity lacrosse team. He was also a member of the varsity indoor track and field and cross country teams.
How old were you when you first started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I started playing organized lacrosse in second grade, but I’d been playing in my yard a fair amount before then. My mom and my brother Pat taught me how to play and I began to love the sport because of them. Ever since the days in the backyard, my mom and dad have made the sport fun by giving me the opportunity to play every season I want to and making it to nearly all of my games.
What kind of expectations/goals does the team have this season?
As we do every year, we’re shooting for a section title. Our season has come to an end in the semifinal round every season since my freshman year and we’re working to stop that trend this May.
What has it been like with a new coach in Vin DeGregorio since last season?
It’s been a very positive experience. It’s exciting to be a part of what our coaching staff is doing, not just to our varsity program, but also to the Somers community as a whole. It’s easy to sense new camaraderie within Somers lacrosse as every team between youth and varsity is drawing closer ties thanks to the work of our coaches. The coaching staff has invested a lot in our team and our community, and as players we’re confident putting in the work needed to succeed because we know our coaches have us on the right track. It really is a great time to be a member of the Somers lacrosse family.
As a senior captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?
Our team is well-rounded this year and all of us are willing to adjust to whatever role our coaches think will benefit the team most. I’m happy to be helping initiate our offense this year. We have a lot of guys that can handle the ball well and this has resulted in unselfish, efficient play. As far as leadership goes, it’s a very easy team to lead. We all want the same thing, we’re all willing to work to succeed, and with everyone rallying around the same goals, it’s making my job as captain easy and enjoyable.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My siblings Pat and Maggie are my role models. They’re both really good people who work hard and have very positive, very contagious attitudes. They’ve taught me many things, but I appreciate the lessons they have given me in perseverance, having fun and seizing opportunity the most.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I really like to cook.
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?
I saw playing lacrosse in college as a definite for me growing up, but I didn’t earn the opportunity I was looking for and collegiate lacrosse has now taken a backseat in my college decision process. I still may try to walk-on a team come next fall, but it’s no longer the main factor as I make a college decision.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I have varied interests. I have studied cellular/molecular biology in our school’s Science Research program for the past three years and really find it intriguing; but I can also see myself pursuing business.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
I’m a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and their former safety Troy Polamalu is my favorite athlete.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
Alicia Keys and Katy Perry
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I’d like to have control over electricity. With enough lightning, there’s not too much you can’t do.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
My dream vacation spot was the Galápagos Islands and I got to go on a school trip there over winter break so now I hope to visit Australia at some point.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Sushi is my favorite food, whenever and wherever.
Best place to eat in Somers and why?
Outside of my mom’s kitchen, nothing beats the cheese ravioli from Le Fontane.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter, it has the best balance of good info and ridiculous stuff to keep us entertained.
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?
Our program is in good hands. Lacrosse is becoming more of a community experience every year and it’s great to see the talent coming up through the program. Guys and girls in the youth program should play lacrosse and keep a stick in their hands because it’s fun to be a part of such a tight-knit program. The sport only gets more fun as you improve your stick skills. I encourage kids of every skill level to sign up for the clinics run by our varsity team; every year they’re fun and they display our town’s enthusiasm for the sport.