SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers High School senior Jen Campbell has been on the varsity lacrosse team since she was a freshman. She also played field hockey for three years through her junior season. Outside of Somers, she plays for a club lacrosse team called Gold Coast during the fall and summer seasons.
How are you getting through this period of social isolation? What are you doing to keep busy?
I love to organize things, so I have been using this time to go through closets and drawers. I have also been spending a lot of my time on sleeping in, going for runs, and doing workouts in my basement.
You worked hard to get back on the field after an injury. How disappointing would it be to not suit up for Somers again?
Growing up, especially with older siblings, I have always looked forward to high school sports. Now that it is my senior year and was supposed to be my first season back after injury, I was more excited than I’ve ever been for the season. I couldn’t wait for the first practice/game, my senior game, one more chance to play Yorktown, etc. I can’t really put into words how much never wearing a Somers jersey again would break my heart. It is my biggest fear that I may never be a Tusker again, but as an athlete, I know the power of a positive mindset and I am trying to stay as positive as I can through this time of uncertainty.
What is your favorite sports memory at Somers?
My favorite memory is winning our Rye game my sophomore year. We were down almost all game, but at halftime someone found a heads-up penny and we joked about how that could be our lucky penny. As the game continued, we were still down but catching up. With less than 30 seconds on the clock, I had the ball and I took a very risky, low angle shot but it went in which sent us into sudden death OT. We ended up winning when Megan Dineen scored the game winning goal and I think that was the happiest I’ve ever been while playing lacrosse.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and what got you started?
I started playing in first grade. I come from a lacrosse family, so it was almost like I was born to love this sport. My dad played at Lafayette, my mom and sister played in high school, my brother played at Springfield and now coaches at Fairfield University, and my other sister currently plays at Springfield.
What is your favorite thing about being on the Somers lacrosse team?
Hands down the best thing about being on the Somers girls’ lacrosse team is my teammates. We have all been through so much together, which has brought us closer together over the years. I would do anything for any one of my teammates, because they have only ever showed me unconditional love and support.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My club lacrosse coach, Meghan Johnston, is my biggest role model. I’m a very emotional and mental player and she is the only person who can get me out of my own head. I will be forever grateful for all that she has done for me as an athlete and as a person.
How do you get prepared for a game? Do you listen to music? Any team traditions?
One of our team traditions is to listen to “I’m on a Roll” by Stefano. As for me, I have a thing where I freshly tape my stick at the start of every season. Before games, I always eat a salty snack like Cheez-Its or Ritz Bits.
Will you be attending college? If so, where and what will you study?
I will be attending York College of Pennsylvania to study animal science.
Will you continue to play sports beyond high school?
Yes, I will be playing lacrosse at York.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I always wish that I could read people’s minds because I’m kind of nosy and I want to know what people are thinking about.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
I can do most things with both hands, but I’m primarily a lefty.
What is your favorite place to visit on vacation and why?
Every year since before I was born, my family and I have gone to Smugglers’ Notch (Vermont) during February break. This is my favorite vacation because I love to snowboard and Smuggs has a very special place in my heart. I see it as my second home.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
Unfortunately, my favorite place to eat was the bagel store and it closed. I would say that Mobil (Route 100 Market) is now my favorite place to eat.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
I’m obsessed with TikTok. I love watching the funny videos because they actually make me laugh so hard.
For a young athlete growing up in the Somers school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the lacrosse team and why should they go out for it?
If you are thinking about trying out for the Somers girls’ lacrosse team, do it, because you won’t ever experience anything as special as being on the team. I wouldn’t trade the long practices, bus rides, bad losses, or injuries for the world because the friendships I’ve made and memories I’ve experienced will be something I will cherish forever.