SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland forward Julianna Cappello’s hat trick in last year’s State Final game helped propel the Hornets to their ninth consecutive state title. As her final season at Lakeland looms, Cappello is looking forward to a memorable year before moving on to playing field hockey in college.
How old were you when you started playing field hockey and what got you started?
I was 10 years old when I started playing field hockey. I decided to play because my best friend had started playing and she encouraged me to play with her.
What is your favorite thing about being on the varsity team at Lakeland?
The friendly atmosphere. Our team has been playing together since we were young, so we have a lot of chemistry with one another and we can make each other laugh constantly. Coach Sarsen is one of a kind and being able to be coached by her is a privilege that no player outside of Lakeland can understand.
What is your favorite team activity or pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates? What about a personal pregame or postgame ritual?
My favorite pregame ritual with my teammates is our chant before taking the field. My personal favorite pregame ritual is putting a bracelet in my shin guard in honor of a former teammate’s mom.
Do you have any goals for your final season at Lakeland?
My goal is to just enjoy every minute of the season and leave everything on the field. I hope to continue Lakeland’s legacy as well as have an impact on the younger girls and teach them as much as I can.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model has been my dad. He’s showed me the importance of working hard no matter what and always having a positive outlook on things. He has taught me to always try my best, and he’s proved to me the importance of being a caring and accepting person.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know.
I wear lucky pineapple Hocsocx underneath my shin guards every game day.
Do you plan on continuing to play field hockey in college? Tell us about where you’re going to school and why you chose it.
I am committed to continue playing field hockey at Quinnipiac University. I love the campus and the coaches are so friendly and passionate about the sport.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what are you planning on studying and why?
I want to study Health Sciences in college in order to become an anesthesiologist. I have always been interested in medical school and becoming a doctor and anesthesiology is the field I’m very interested in.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro (or college sports) team?
My favorite professional athlete is Mats Zuccarello and my favorite professional team is the New York Rangers.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
My favorite music to listen to while warming up for a game is country music.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would choose the ability to teleport so that I could travel the world at any given time.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Bora Bora, because I love the beach and the water seems unrealistic.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
After a game, my favorite food is my mom’s spaghetti.
Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?
Bob’s because it has the best barbecue chicken salad.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
I like Twitter the best because there’s always something to laugh about and it keeps you informed on a daily basis.
For a young athlete growing up in the Lakeland district, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the soccer program and why should they go out for the team?
I would tell a young athlete that there is absolutely nothing like being part of the Lakeland Field Hockey program. We are a family that stays together forever and we share an unbreakable bond. Coach Sarsen is an incredible mentor and there is nobody like her. There is so much to learn from her.