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Yorktown Senior Stars as Last Line of Defense

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Yorktown senior captain Liam Donnelly leads a lockdown Husker defense in goal.
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Yorktown senior Liam Donnelly is the starting goalie and a team captain on the varsity lacrosse team. He was also a member of the varsity ice hockey squad.

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

I first started playing lacrosse the summer going into fifth grade. My dad took me to a varsity game the previous spring and I loved the sport before I even started playing.

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

Stopping the ball is a strength I take pride in, as well as being the quarterback of the defense. Everything needs work, though.

Yorktown is coming off a bitter, controversial last-second loss to Manhasset in the regional final last year. Do you guys still think about that game? How does it motivate you?

We talk about it all the time, getting so close to another state final and losing like that stings. That loss will be in the back of our minds all year.

Games outside of Section 1 no longer count towards the seeding formula, and as a result, Yorktown has one of its toughest schedules in a while. What effect will that have on the team?

We are all really excited to play the out of section teams this year. It’s a great experience and can really help you as a team to grow and be ready come playoff time.

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

Being a senior captain, I feel like I need to set an example for the rest of the team. I have to give them my very best every day so they give me their best.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

My favorite pregame ritual is going to Bliss to eat with the team nights before weekday games. We all look forward to it.

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

My parents have been my role models. Any success I have and will have in the future is because of my parents.

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

I was on the varsity lacrosse team in eighth grade.

Do you plan on continuing lacrosse in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you decide on that college?

I’m playing lacrosse at Rutgers University next year. I decided on Rutgers because it’s a great education and being able to play lacrosse at that level is a blessing. I’m very thankful I have that opportunity.

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

As of now I don’t know what I want to study.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

My favorite professional athlete is Kirk Cousins. My favorite sports team is the New York Rangers.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Before games I like to listen to country music because it gets me in the right state of mind.

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

Being able to fly — I wouldn’t have to pay for gas.

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

I would want to go to Ireland. I’m Irish so it would be a great experience.

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

Peanut Butter and jelly sandwich

Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?

Heavy Bear Deli, they have the best breakfast sandwiches.

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

Work as hard as you possibly can every day and take nothing for granted because it goes by too fast.

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