Somers senior Mike Couture is a team captain and starting attackman on the varsity boys lacrosse team.
How old were you when you first started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I started playing lacrosse when I was in kindergarten. My older brother Tim and my father put a stick in my hands. I then joined the Somers Youth Sports Organization lacrosse program when I was in second grade.
The team went through a tough stretch of games but bounced back with some big wins over Bronxville and John Jay-Cross River. What was the key to bouncing back?
Keeping our heads up and working as a team. We practiced harder to make sure we eliminated as many mistakes as possible. We approached every game with a positive attitude because we knew if we played to our abilities, we could win.
What are the goals for the team for the rest of the season?
We will continue to work on the fundamentals to get better as a team. As we approach the playoffs, we want to make sure we are a strong unit. Our main is goal is to win the section championship title.
What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?
We have a team dinner at the beginning of each week at one of our teammate’s homes. Before games we like to listen to music to get relaxed which helps us focus on the game. Post-game victory dancing with the team.
As a senior on the team, how do you see your role as a leader?
I see myself as more of a ‘show-than-tell’ type of a team leader. Meaning, I would rather lead by example.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model would be my dad. He taught me that practice, commitment and persistence are important to being successful in whatever you do in life.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I am a certified scuba diver.
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 be playing lacrosse at Johnson and Wales in Providence, Rhode Island. I chose JWU because I really liked the coach, it’s a fairly new program and I feel I can be a significant help to the team.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
3D imaging and computer aided design.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite sports team would be the Pittsburgh Steelers and my favorite athlete is Hines Ward.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
Metallica — it gets the blood flowing.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
If I could have one super power I would want complete control over time.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Australia, so I can go diving at the Great Barrier Reef.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Before a game a nice peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Best place to eat in Somers and why?
Best place to eat in Somers is Froggy’s Deli.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Instagram — I like to look at all the photos.
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?
It’s a great program to be a part of. The lacrosse community is a tight-knit group of people that is growing larger every year. The high school coaching staff is great, coach Vin (DeGregorio) is the ‘bomb.’ The experience is one that you will never forget.