Somers Senior Gets Late Start in Lax But Instantly Excels

Somers senior midfielder Emily McCormack will play lacrosse at St. John Fisher next year. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

Somers senior Emily McCormack is a midfielder on the varsity girls lacrosse team.

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

I started at 14 when Sydney Ericson’s dad gave my mom a lacrosse stick and said, ‘Just have her try it.’ That year I went out for the middle school’s modified lacrosse team and realized this is the sport is for me as it has everything going for it: running, stick skills and tough defense.

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The team is at about the midway point of the season and is still undefeated. What’s been the key so far to the team’s success?

Our team has strong chemistry and works well together as a unit. We are very comfortable with each other and trust one another both on and off the field.

Coming off two straight section championships, there is obviously some pressure on the team to repeat again this season. How does the team handle that pressure and what are the expectations for the rest of the season?

We don’t overlook any team we play because we know on any given day a team can come out strong and we have to adjust. We focus on one game at a time and make sure not to get ahead of ourselves. Our motto is ‘stay humble and stay hungry.’

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

Our pre-game team dinners. It is a time where we can all just get together and hang out off the field. We use it as a time to recharge and prepare for the next day.

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

My dad because his dedication to his job is truly inspiring. He has been an officer in the NYPD for almost 30 years and there isn’t a day that goes by when he doesn’t love what he does. He has taught me to never give up on what I love and keep trying no matter what.

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

I am a very picky eater.

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 committed to play lacrosse at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. The school has the best of both worlds with an excellent nursing program and outstanding lacrosse team. Both the coach and the team were incredibly welcoming and I can’t wait to be a part of the Fisher Family next year.

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

I am pursuing a career in nursing so that I can help and comfort others when they are in need. Caring nurses can make such a difference in patient’s lives and their recovery process. Being involved with Relay for Life and losing my grandmother in 2015 has further fueled my passion to become a nurse.

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

My favorite athlete is Odell Beckham Jr. and my favorite sports team is the New York Giants.

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

Rap because it gets me pumped before a game.

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

Time travel because it would be interesting to experience what it was like when my parents were growing up with no cell phones or computers.

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

Bora Bora because I think it would be an amazing experience to stay in a water bungalow and because I am a beach bum. 

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

Chicken parm at the pre-game dinners or anywhere really.

Best place to eat in Somers and why?

My kitchen because my mom cooks the best meals.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram because it is more popular in Somers and sometimes one picture says it all.

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 a member of the lacrosse team is an unforgettable experience. All of the hours, hard work and dedication lead to a special bond with the coaches and teammates that last forever. Jaime (Pryschlak) and Caitlin have given me tremendous support over the last three years and I am so lucky to have learned so much from them.

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