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Teammates Look to Senior for Inspiration

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Cameron Pepe makes his move against Yorktown in the Section 1 Class B semifinals. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
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Somers senior Cameron Pepe was a member of the varsity boys lacrosse team. He was also on the varsity football squad.

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

I was in third grade. My dad played lacrosse in college so he pushed me to try it. The first time I saw it on TV I remember being amazed by the skill the players had to be able to throw and catch a ball of that size. Also, I wasn’t that into baseball at the time.

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

Being a returning varsity player and one of only a few seniors meant that my teammates looked to me for inspiration during tough times. It was very important to me to have a leadership role with this group.

After graduating many key players from last year, how do you feel the team performed this season?

Our ultimate goal every year is a section championship. Despite not reaching that goal, I feel like this year we had some good wins including the exciting game in Harrison.

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

Team dinners at different teammates’ houses are always my favorite. There is always good food and spending time with your boys is fun.

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

My dad has definitely had a huge influence on me. He taught me that if you want something you have to work hard for it and also to not be afraid to fail.

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

I am a huge Marvel and Star Wars geek.

Do you plan on playing lacrosse in college? Have you selected a school yet or are you still in the process of deciding?

In the fall I will be attending Penn State University. There I plan to play club lacrosse.

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

I am going to be enrolling in the Smeal College of Business at PSU. What major I am choosing is still unclear but I’ve been inspired by my dad who works in finance.

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

My favorite athlete is now Saquon Barkley because he was drafted by my favorite team, the Giants, and was a member of the Penn State football team. Also, playing the same position as me and being one of the best prospects and most fun players to watch are additional factors.

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

I have a pregame playlist that I used for football and lacrosse that consisted of mostly rap to get me hyped up.

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

Not sure it counts as a superpower but definitely have “The Force.”

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 London, England. I’ve always wanted to see a Premier League soccer game live.

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

Mom’s orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage, best dish anywhere.

Best place to eat in Somers?

Other than mom’s kitchen, Froggy’s (Deli). I can almost always go for a boss wrap.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram, it’s the only one of the three that I will check daily.

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 that lacrosse is a unique game that combines the best parts of many other sports. It encourages discipline and toughness but also creativity. It is an exciting game that in Somers is supported community-wide and is an opportunity to make lifelong friends.

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