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Athlete Spotlight - Katie Comerford

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Yorktown senior midfielder Katie Comerford will play at Villanova next year. Credits: File Photo
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Yorktown senior Katie Comerford is a midfielder and team captain on the varsity girls lacrosse team.

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

I first started playing lacrosse in fifth grade. My friend’s dad actually convinced me to play and I loved it.

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What do you think are your strengths as a lacrosse player?

I believe my strengths as a lacrosse player include my game sense, my determination and my stick skills.

Yorktown had a tough loss to Somers recently, and also lost to Somers in last year’s Section 1 Class B championship game. As the top two teams in the class, there is a good chance you will see each other again in the playoffs: what do you need to do to beat Somers and win the section?

We know Somers is a skilled team, so we need to be prepared to go as hard as we can for the full 50 minutes. Being patient, communicating and having the ability to finish in the end are three major keys that will help us find success in the end.

As a senior captain on the team this year, how do you see your role as a leader?

It is important to demonstrate leadership verbally and through my actions.  I need to set a good example of practicing hard, keeping composed and lifting the team when I can.

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

Dancing and blasting music before games and after wins.

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

My parents. They have shown me how to deal with adversity, that achievements come with hard work and to dream big.

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

I taught myself how to knit.

Do you plan on continuing lacrosse in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you decide on that college?

I plan on continuing playing lacrosse at Villanova University. I decided on this school because it really fit the academic and athletic balance I was looking for, plus I automatically clicked with the coaches and campus.

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

I am going to be a business major. Recently, I had the opportunity to work for a small business and I found it very interesting.

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

I enjoy watching Steph Curry, who plays for the Warriors, because he truly loves what he does and is very successful.

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

Sam Smith

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

The ability to fly because the view from the sky would be nice.

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

I would go to Bora Bora. There are many places to hike and adventure, but also beautiful beaches to relax.

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

Yogurt and granola.

Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?

My top two places to eat in Yorktown would be Furci’s and Murphy’s.

What advice would you give to a young lacrosse player growing up in Yorktown?

Enjoy the game. It affords you an opportunity to make very dear friends.

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