Lacrosse Runs in the Family for Fusco

Rilea Fusco was named an All-American this past lacrosse season. Credits: File photo

Yorktown graduate Rilea Fusco played attack and was a team captain on the varsity girls lacrosse team.

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


I’ve been around lacrosse my whole life because my brothers always played and my dad coached so I started young and would go to clinics with my brothers and other boys. My grandparents bought me my first stick a couple years after I started, but before that I always just used my brothers’ sticks.  I lived in Garrison, which had no girls lacrosse program, so I wasn’t on an actual team until fourth grade, and had to play for Putnam Valley instead.  In fifth grade I played for Yorktown and then moved to Yorktown the following year. 

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

My vision of the field as a feeder, shooting and being a good teammate.

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

I see my role as being someone who always pumped everyone up, stayed positive and led by example. 

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

Favorite team activity: hanging out. Pregame ritual: Dance parties in the locker room. Emily [Hirsch] and Ellen [O’Callaghan] always eating pasta right before a game (or even at halftime haha). Dancing Santa. Me not knowing any of the words to any songs, especially Michelle [Seger’s]. Post-game ritual: sleeping over at Michelle’s.

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

Wow, this is hard. I have way too many haha.  I really couldn’t pick one so here’s a few. My mom, who demonstrates how to be a strong, hardworking person in order to accomplish goals. My dad, who always filled me with stories from when he went to Yorktown. He was the reason for a good amount of the goals I set for myself for Yorktown lacrosse. My brothers, who both taught me what true leadership looked like on and off the field. Filling me with all the Yorktown pride possible. Cassie Reilly-Boccia, my trainer and one of the coolest people you could meet. She has pushed me so hard and has the coolest stories of memories when she won the national championship at Alabama for softball.

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

My middle name and confirmation name are the same name but spelt differently. So, my full name is Rilea Theresa Teresa Fusco.

What does it mean to be able to play for Yorktown?

Oh man, I could go on forever. It’s just the greatest. If you haven’t played for Yorktown you wouldn’t understand, but ask any alumni and they will all say the same thing. I’m just really fortunate to have played for Yorktown and wish I still could.

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

I will be attending the David B. Falk School of Sports and Human Dynamics at Syracuse. I’m not positive what exactly I want to be but I’m interested in being a nutritionist or a personal trainer or something to do with working with athletes.

Who is your favorite professional athlete?

Kayla Treanor because she’s so impressive and dominant in lacrosse and she just seems like a cool and respectful person. 

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

Being able to transport because things would be so much easier or being able to slow down time because it really goes way too fast.

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

Bermuda because I’ve always wanted to go there and it’s really pretty or Ireland with my grandparents to visit where they used to live.

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

Before games I always had a chocolate peanut butter shake and a bunch of waters, and after games I would usually have dinner with my family or friends.

Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?

The diner because you can go there for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there’s so much to choose from.

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

Cherish every single moment. Take it all in. Realize how fortunate you are to be a part of this family. Work as hard as you can now so that you can get a ring later.

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