Somers senior Hannah Tiso is a team captain and midfielder on the varsity girls lacrosse team.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I first started playing lacrosse in sixth grade and have loved the sport ever since. My coach, John Lucchese, took extra time to make sure I learned the game because I started later than most people.
What has it been like being a senior on the lacrosse team? How do you look to lead the team?
Being a senior captain has given me an opportunity to show the younger girls that dedication and team bonding is key to being part of a successful team.
What accomplishments have you been most proud of?
One of my greatest accomplishments was stepping up as a leader, after losing several key players from our team last year. I had to change the mentality of the team, by showing them that nothing comes easy.
What are the team’s goals and what are some of your personal goals for this season?
A team goal for us this season is to hopefully be able to compete for the section title and a personal goal of mine is to be a leader on the field and someone everyone can look up to.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
My favorite pregame ritual is going into the locker room and blasting music to pump us up.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model over the years has been my dad because he has taught me to never give up on myself despite any setback.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I tore my ACL in the lacrosse state finals in 2014.
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?
Yes, I have committed to play lacrosse at Cortland State University. I chose Cortland, because I felt most at home there, and they have a great lacrosse program.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
Yes, I want to study childhood education, which is another reason why I chose Cortland.
Who are your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
I don’t really have a favorite athlete, but I do look up to the girls playing at top D1 lacrosse schools who I can look up to.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
We have a set playlist that the lacrosse team has been using for years that has songs that our program has been listening to for years. It’s cool because girls from 4-5 years ago listened to the same songs to get pumped up to.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
It would be to fly, so I wouldn’t have to pay for gas.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I would want to go to Bora Bora, because who doesn’t?
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
My favorite food to eat before a game is a salad from Mobil, but after a game I like to stop at King Kone of course.
Best place to eat in Somers and why?
The best place to eat is my house, because my mom is an amazing cook.
Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? Why?
Instagram, because most people are on it.
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?
I would say to take advantage of your time playing with your friends and for your town, because it goes by faster than you think. Playing for Somers has given me the chance to experience some of the best moments of my life.