SOMERS, N.Y. – Nick Rossi is a senior on the boys lacrosse team. As a junior attackman, Rossi scored 66 points (38 goals, 28 assists) on his way to earning All-Section and All-League honors. Rossi is committed to play lacrosse next year at Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.).
Rossi also played on the Somers High School football team.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
During this period of social distancing I am continuing to play lacrosse every day in my backyard along with watching Netflix and playing video games.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and what got you started?
I started playing lacrosse in the second grade because it was a sport that a lot of my friends were playing and because it was a new sport to me and my family, so I wanted to give it a try and fell in love.
What jersey number do you wear and is there any significance behind it?
I wear number 9. Originally, there was no real significance to it. I had just been wearing that number since I was young, but it has been my number ever since in all sports and teams I play on, so it now has a special significance to me.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at Somers?
My favorite sports memory from my time at Somers High School was when we came back from a 24-7 deficit in football to beat Rye in the regular season. I was hurt for the game but just being on the sideline for this was amazing and celebrating in the locker room with the team is something I will never forget.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
From a life aspect my biggest role model has definitely been my dad. He is always encouraging me to get the best out of me in everything I do, not just lacrosse. From a lacrosse standpoint, I watch a lot of film on players like Rob Pannel, Michael Sowers, and Joey Epstein. I try and model my game after them because they some of the best attackmen to ever play the game of lacrosse.
What life lessons have you learned from sports?
I’ve faced a lot of injuries over my years of playing sports and the one thing I’ve learned from them is that it’s important not to dwell on the bad things that happen to you but it’s more important to focus on what you’re going to do to respond to these obstacles and look forward not behind you.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I like to listen to rap music on my ear buds before a game to get myself ready. Or, we put on the big speaker in the locker room and the whole team listens to music together. I like this because I feel like it brings the team together right before we play a game.
Why did you choose Lafayette College to continue your lacrosse career?
I chose Lafayette because it was a good fit for me athletically and academically. I felt a real bond with the coaching staff who are all new to Lafayette and have an exciting plan for the future of the program, which I am excited to be a part of. I also fell in love with the beautiful campus when I visited, and the lacrosse staff has a strong relationship with their alumni, which is important for life after college and can open up many opportunities.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Definitely super speed because to me it is the best power to have and there would be no better feeling in the world then running a million miles per hour.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
With the quarantine going on, I have started reading books a lot more since I have so much more time on my hands. I just finished reading a book about Penn State football which is my favorite college team, and I am currently reading “The Captain Class,” which is a book about leadership featuring the leaders of the 17 most dominant teams in sports history.
What place would you most like to visit?
I really want to visit and spend time in Italy when I’m older because I know their food is some of the best in the world and I would love to visit the town my family is from.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
My favorite place to eat in Somers is the Somers Super Deli. I am there all the time and the people who work there make you feel at home. My go-to sandwich is chicken cutlet with fresh mozzarella and light mayonnaise on a roll.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
Recently the go to app on my phone has been TikTok. The app has a lot of funny content and it’s very addicting.
Are you currently binging anything?
“All-American” on Netflix
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 they should go out for it?
I would tell all the young athletes that being a part of the lacrosse teams in Somers is like being a part of a family. Everybody cares about you and you will make friends that will last all of high school and beyond. Our team dinners, winter training, bus rides to and from games, and practices bring us together and create a special bond. You will also be coached by some of the greatest lacrosse coaches, who will not only teach you about the game but will give you life lessons along the way. The coaches in the high school are some of the best in the area, and it has been a joy to play for them. I highly suggest any youth athlete interested in lacrosse tryout. You won’t regret it.
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