YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown senior goalkeeper Addy Araneo will play next season at Franklin Pierce University. Before she does that, however, she has one more season playing for the Huskers, and she plans to cherish every moment of it.
One of the things she cherishes about playing at Yorktown is the opportunity to be one of its three captains. The other captains are seniors Alexa Borges and Nicole Peters.
“I like being able to make a difference and have a positive effect on others,” Araneo said. “I think my experience, and knowledge of the game, will help me do so.”
Borges is also confident that she possesses those same qualities.
“As an underclassman, I’ve always looked up to my captains as role models,” Borges said. “I have big shoes to fill, but I’m confident I can take on the lead.”
Borges has shown she has the makeup to be a captain, by being a team-first player through the years, playing wherever she is asked.
“Over the years, I have played multiple positions, wherever the team needed me,” Borges said. “This year during preseason, I have been focusing on offensive midfield and forward.”
Peters embraces the fact that those in charge had the faith in her to name her a captain.
“To me, being named a captain means that the coaches feel that I have what this team needs in order to succeed on and off the field,” said Peters, who is a goalkeeper.
Araneo expects herself, Borges, and Peters to bring plenty of quality leadership to the squad.
“We are very passionate about always trying our best and getting the most out of the season,” Araneo said. “We know we need to lead by example and use our experience to guide the team.”
Having a player like Araneo, who will play at the next level, Borges said, is a big advantage for the team
“I’ve been playing with Addy for years and trust her skill set and passion for the game,” Borges said. “She gives 100 percent in every play. I know she’ll protect the Y.”
Helping the team protect itself from COVID-19 is something the captains will also be doing.
“As captains this year, we will be trying to not only keep everyone on our team safe, but we will be trying to stay together and keep up the team energy during these tough times by organizing socially distanced, team-bonding activities,” Peters said.
Organizing those activities should go well, because the three captains are on the same page.
“We have the same work ethic, and we know we need to be supportive and work as a team to be successful,” Araneo said.
What will help Borges and Peters is that the two of them also play lacrosse together.
“Nicole is the team’s go-to girl,” Borges said. “She comes prepared to play and provides for the team. Whether it’s field hockey or lacrosse, Nicole comes prepped with her bottomless goalie bag filled with anything and everything an athlete would need. Not only does she save goals, but in a moments’ notice, she can calmly save any one of her teammates. Year-round, I can rely on Nicole, both on and off the field.”
Peters feels likewise about Borges.
“It definitely helps a lot during field-hockey season also having played lacrosse with Alexa,” Peters said. “We not only are aware of how each other plays on the field, but off the field; we both know what needs to be done at practice, and what gets each other prepared for games.”