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Supportive Senior Goalie Changes the Tone of the Game

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Senior goalie Victoria Coviello gets set to make a save during a game at John Jay-CR. Credits: File photo
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Somers senior Victoria Coviello is the starting goalie on the girls lacrosse team.

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

I was in fourth grade. I started because my older cousins always played and talked about it so I decided to give it a try.

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 As a senior on the team, how much do you value being a leader?

Being a senior on the team, it’s definitely bittersweet but there are a lot of new, young players who are extremely talented and it’s amazing to play with them and show them certain aspects of being on varsity.

Heading into sectionals, what goal is the team setting?

Going into sectionals the team is definitely excited. As a team we’ve realized that we all need to step up and play with the same momentum throughout the whole game.

What do you enjoy about playing goalie?

I love playing goalie because it’s a unique position. I love always having the opportunity to be able to change the tone of the game and support my teammates.

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

My favorite pregame ritual would have to be wearing our teammates’ numbers. Before each game we stand in the locker room in a circle and the people to the right or left of us we write their number on our wrists. I love this because during the game you can look down and see you’re not just playing for yourself and other people count on you.

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

My mom. She always taught me the importance of coming back stronger and being able to learn from your mistakes. My mom has also been their supporting me through each challenge teaching me how to get through it, without ever telling me how to do so.

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

A lot of people normally don’t know I’m an only child. Everyone is usually so surprised and says the usual “You don’t act like an only child.”

Do you plan on playing lacrosse in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you pick that school?

I committed to the University of New Haven. I picked this school based on their psychology programs.

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

Since I’ve been little l have always wanted to be a criminal psychologist.

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

Derek Jeter, I have always looked up to him as a great player because of his consistency and how humble he is. My favorite team is the New York Yankees because they always have such immense passion for the city and the people.

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

I usually listen to 6ix9ine but no one on the team usually likes it, so me and coach just jam out.

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

I would pick invisibility because it would be cool to see the world from a different side.

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

I would love to go to Dubai and be able to embrace myself in a totally different culture.

Best place to eat in Somers and why?

Bobo’s (Cafe) because there are so many options and new things.

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 part of this team has showed me the value of teamwork and how amazing it is to make memories with teammates and see hard work pay off.

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