YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Senior captain Jenna McCrudden recently completed her legendary career for the Lakeland field hockey squad, which she joined when she got pulled up during the post season of her freshman year.
McCrudden, who was a member of three Class B state championship teams, including this year, earned numerous honors in her time playing for the Hornets.
In her sophomore year, she was named All-League; junior year, she earned All-League, All-Elite, and All-Section Honorable Mention honors; and senior year, was named All-League, All-Elite, All-Section and All-State.
McCrudden comes from a family heavily involved in sports: Sister Erin played field hockey at the University of Louisville, was a member of the United States Women’s Field Hockey National Development team, and is currently a coach at Louisville; sister Kelsey won four Class B state field hockey titles at Lakeland and is now a sophomore playing field hockey at SUNY Albany; and sister Meaghan played soccer at Mohawk Valley Community College and was a member of Putnam Valley’s 2005 Class B state champion field-hockey squad.
She also has a brother, Brendan, who played lacrosse at Kings College.
What was the experience like of playing field hockey for your coach Sharon Sarsen, who is a member of the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame?
The experience playing for Sars made me want to keep playing after high school. Her knowledge and love of the game rubs off on her players, and she has a talent of making athletes into really talented field-hockey players.
It’s going to be difficult for all of her players to find a coach with the same amount of dedication to the game.
How old were you when you started playing field hockey and what got you started?
I started playing in third grade for SOAC (Shrub Oak Athletic Club) field hockey.
All three of my sisters loved playing the sport and made some of their best memories and friends while playing it. I definitely wanted part in that. I grew up watching them all play, from my local high school, all the way to University of Louisville.
They definitely influenced me in the best way.
What is your favorite thing about being on the field-hockey team at Lakeland?
The amount of time we get to spend together, and the fact that we never get bored of each other or the sport.
What is your favorite team activity or pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates? What about a personal pregame or postgame ritual?
My favorite team ritual is the team chant we do in the huddle before every game. No one knows what we’re saying when we’re screaming it, which makes it unique and special to us.
A personal game-day ritual of mine is wearing my SpongeBob socks under my shin guards.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role models have definitely been my older siblings. It’s really hard to pick just one, because without every one of them I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know.
I have three ferrets, two dogs, two cats, and a fish!
You decided that you are going to play field hockey at Kent State University. Why did you choose Kent State?
It was definitely an easy choice to make after I did an overnight and went to classes. As soon as I stepped on campus and went to the athletic facilities it felt really right. I picked Kent because I knew the coach saw my potential and I could really see myself being a successful student-athletic there.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what are you planning on studying and why?
I am currently not sure what I want to study in college but I’m leaning towards a career revolved around animals.
Who is your favorite pro (or college) sports team?
My favorite sports team is the Yankees. A true New Yorker loves the Yankees!
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
The power of flying. Being able to see the world from that point of view would be awesome—and you don’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?
The Moraine Lake in Canada, because I’ve only seen pictures and I can’t imagine how pretty it would be in real life.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
My favorite food to eat before a game is Pop Tarts.
Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?
JV Hot Bagels, because they have the best bagels and the best chocolate croissants.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
Snapchat, because of my family group chat that keeps us in touch.
For a young athlete growing up in the Lakeland district, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the field-hockey team and why should they go out for the team?
I think being able to be a part of this program while growing up shaped me into not only a good athlete but a good kid. This program and the people that come with it are one of a kind.
From our amazing coach to our loving announcers, it’s like no other.
You meet your best friends and what feels like family while playing field hockey for Lakeland. It’s something you wouldn’t trade for the world.