Somers Senior Defenseman Gives 100 Percent Effort

Senior defenseman Jake Cordes looks up the field during a game against Yorktown.

Somers senior Jake Cordes is a defenseman and team captain on the boys lacrosse team.

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

I started playing lacrosse in first grade, (which was) the very first year we were allowed to because I saw my older brother playing once and wanted to try it.

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

This is my third year on this team and this has honestly been my favorite team here. The team is truly a family and the locker room is always fun. I try to lead by example as best as I can, doing what is right and working as hard as I can in practice everyday.

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

The team goal is to win the section title. That is our goal every year and that is what we prepare for everyday at practice. As far as a personal goal this season I would like to achieve the honor of all-section. There is incredible competition in Section 1 and to be considered one of the best has been a dream of mine.

What accomplishments have you been most proud of?

Achieving all-league last year as a junior. We played in a very competitive league with multiple players committed to Division 1 programs, so I was proud to have gained that accolade.

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

After every win, playing “Everytime we Touch” by Cascada. The song was from all of our childhoods but always gets us very hyped.

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

My father. He always is working super hard in no matter what he does, and has truly been a great leader in my life.

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

I am committed to play lacrosse at Cabrini University in Radnor, Pa.

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

I plan on studying secondary education and specializing in math. I have always loved math and believe that anyone who doesn’t had a poor teacher teaching them. I think it can be an exciting subject and want to help students understand why.

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

I string the pockets for almost all of my teammates on the team. I started stringing in eighth grade and string all of their sticks for free.

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

Russell Westbrook. He is just such an incredible athlete and a pleasure to watch. Favorite college and sports teams vary with what players are on each team, depending on who I like watching. I typically root for players more than specific teams or franchises.

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

“Renegade” by Styx.

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

The ability to fly. It would be so convenient to never need to drive or pay for gas ever again.

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

New Zealand. It seems like one of the prettiest places in the world and I hope that I could study abroad there one year in college.

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

Having ice cream after a game is always a good call.

Best place to eat around Somers and why?

I don’t know about best, but probably my favorite is Froggy’s (Deli). I’ve just had too many fun memories of hanging out with friends in the pizzeria to say anywhere else.

For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the lacrosse program?

Joining lacrosse was, to this day, the best decision I have ever made. The sport is so fun and addicting on it’s own, but I have met some of the nicest people in this town through connections from lacrosse. I would encourage any young athlete in Somers to at least try lacrosse, because it is the best community I’ve ever been a part of.

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