Yorktown senior Tyler Makar is a team captain and defenseman on the varsity boys lacrosse team. He was also a member of the varsity football and basketball teams.
How old were you when you first playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I started playing when I was in third grade. I was originally against the idea, but my dad was the one who talked me into it. He was a lacrosse player at Gorton High School in Yonkers.
What do you think are your strengths as a lacrosse player?
I think that one of my strengths is being able to use my size and length to play my opponent and strip the ball from them. I also have really improved my off-ball defense over the years and communicating with the entire defense.
Along with lacrosse, you also played basketball and football this year. Did you enjoy being a three-sport athlete? What are some of the difficulties that come with it?
Growing up, I always enjoyed playing as many sports as possible. So being a three-sport athlete is nothing new to me, but being able to play all three at a very high level is something that I take a lot of pride in. It’s also great to form a bond with all the different kids that play different sports.
Entering playoffs, what is the mindset of Yorktown lacrosse? Yorktown always has high expectations — does that add any pressure?
Our goal is always to win the last game of the year, and that never changes. There definitely is a lot of pressure that comes with wearing a Yorktown lacrosse jersey, but everyone on the team seems to always embrace that pressure that comes along with playing for such an historic program.
As a senior captain on the team this year, how do you see your role as a leader?
I’m not the biggest talker that gets everyone hyped, but I like to let my play do the talking and always give 100 percent.
What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?
The day before every weekday game, we all go to Bliss in Mahopac after practice. They have a crazy menu and you’re never disappointed with the results.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
Both of my parents have been huge role models to me my entire life. They’ve been to nearly every sporting event that I’ve taken part in and have always supported me with every thing I do.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
Once in a while I enjoy having a baseball catch with my brother Brett during the summer, which is almost unheard of coming from lacrosse players.
Do you plan on continuing lacrosse in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you decide on that college?
I will be going to Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and will be playing lacrosse there.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I’m currently undecided, but leaning towards something in the field of business.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite athlete is Paul George and my favorite pro sports team is the Philadelphia Eagles.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
I love all types of music so usually before a home game I’ll just listen to what’s playing on the speakers in the locker room. For away games I have a playlist of all kinds of stuff I just throw together.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I would love to be able to fly, just because I’m not great with time management so it would be nice to not have any issues with getting places on time.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
It would be awesome to travel on the West Coast and visit all the beaches and cities. The weather seems to be perfect all the time and I always hear how people love it.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
For post-game it’s anything my mom is cooking. She rocks.
Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?
Maria’s Pizza. Can’t beat the giant slices and Sam always hooks it up. But there’s also nothing that beats a team dinner after practice, I have never been disappointed with a team dinner in my lifetime. Yorktown parents’ cooking nails it every time.
What advice would you give to a young lacrosse player growing up in Yorktown?
Never stop practicing and working hard. When I was younger I wasn’t one of the best kids on the field and I didn’t make all the travel teams, but I stuck with it and kept practicing and everything seemed to work out.