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Yorktown Residents Participate in Lacrosse Combine

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From left: Alexa Borges, Sophia Altimari and Maddy Marr.
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BROOKLANDVILLE, M.D. — Four Yorktown residents earned the right to participate in the Under Armour 150 Combine at the St. Paul School for Girls in Brooklandville, Md., on July 11-12.

“Participating in the Under Armour 150 Combine was a great learning experience,” said goalie Sophia Altimari, who plays for Primetime 2021. “It meant a lot to me that I was selected from the many players who submitted applications.”

Altimari said she learned a lot about what is expected of players who want to play lacrosse in college. 

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“Each team was coached by someone currently coaching at the college level,” Altimari said. “They were able to answer a lot of questions that we had, and also gave us ideas of what they would be looking for in a well-rounded player. I learned how to adapt to teammates that I have never played with before. I also learned a lot about myself as a player while playing with and against some of the best players in the nation.”

During this past high school season, Altimari, a rising freshman, played on the Yorktown girls squad that went to the Class B state semifinals.

Altimari said being on that team and having the opportunity to play in that game is hands-down the most exciting experience she has ever had playing lacrosse. 

“I hope that having that opportunity will help prepare me for what lies ahead in the future,” Altimari said. “I hope that it has allowed me to get a little experience in a high-level game situation so that I am ready and less nervous in games to come. I am happy that I had a chance to play with the seniors who just graduated and also for the opportunity to play for coach (Ellen) Mager, (Lauren) McAulay and (Tracy) Degl. I am very excited about my future at Yorktown.”

Alexa Borges, another member of Primetime 2021 and rising freshman who plays attack, said having the chance to play with the top girls from all across the country was an exciting opportunity.

“I was appreciative of being recognized for my hard work and character on the field,” Borges said. “I learned that good speed and sharp stick skills are only half of it. Learning to play as a team is the most important piece of the game.”

Borges said that meeting other players and getting to know them was her favorite part of the combine.

“You can’t imagine the different styles of play you see from other regions of the country,” said Borges, who played for Yorktown’s JV A team this spring.

Rising sophomore Maddy Marr, who has played for Yorktown’s JV A squad the last two years and is a member of Primetime 2020, said it was an honor to be chosen.

“Having my coaches recommend me for Under Armour 150 shows me how much confidence they have in me,” said Marr, who plays attack. “It makes me feel proud to be a part of YHS and Primetime.”

Marr said she was fortunate to be placed on a team with great lacrosse players from around the United States.

“I had to learn how to adjust to different styles of players,” Marr said. “Personally, I made some new friends and I was able to see some players I’ve met at other camps and tournaments again. I had an overall great experience.”

Raquel Nieves, a Primetime 2020 midfielder who played for Lakeland/Panas’ varsity squad, will be a sophomore this September at Lakeland.

Nieves said that the best thing about the experience at the combine was meeting new players from all over the country.

“I was honored to be chosen to play with some of the top lacrosse players,” Nieves said. “I learned there’s a lot more talent out there and there is always room for improvement.”

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