YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown senior Noelle Cegielski is a three-season athlete, running cross country in the fall, track in the winter, and lacrosse in the spring.
She has been on the varsity lacrosse team for all four years of high school. She was named a lacrosse captain her junior year and a cross-country captain her senior year.
The decorated multi-sport athlete has earned All-League honors three times in track, twice in cross country, and three times in lacrosse. She also received All-Section Honorable Mention for lacrosse twice.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
This period of social distancing has been very difficult for all of us student-athletes, as this is the time of year we look most forward to. To keep busy, I go running in the park, practice lacrosse with my family, and work out daily.
How would you rate your chances, 1-10, of suiting up for the Huskers again?
In good spirits, I’m going to put a 10. I know that the coaching staff and school are working very hard to try and give us a season, or at least a few games for our senior year.
When did you start playing lacrosse and what got you started?
I started playing lacrosse as soon as I was able to pick up a stick. I grew up in a very athletic household with a father who is very passionate about the game. Ever since I was a baby, he’s been teaching me and working with me to improve my game.
What jersey number do you wear and is there any significance behind it?
I wear jersey No. 2. This was the first number I had ever worn and has since become my favorite number.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at Yorktown?
My favorite sports memory from Yorktown is winning the section final as a freshman. I can still remember the feeling of watching the clock run down from 8 seconds and running into my goalie’s arms crying tears of joy. It was the best feeling ever.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model has been my father. He loves to play and teach the game and imparted that love on to me. I’ve also learned resilience from him as two years ago he received a kidney transplant and one of the first things he asked his doctor was if he’d be able to play lacrosse again.
Why did you choose to continue your lacrosse career at Davidson?
Academics are very important to me and I found that Davidson provides the perfect balance between top academics and lacrosse, all while being a close-knit community. It’s amazing how much the team cares for one another and I’m so excited to be a part of it!
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Before every game I make a fruit salad to eat in the locker room. Besides that, as a team we imagine ourselves playing our best game yet and it helps us get in the right mindset.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would want to have the power to teleport. I love to travel, and it would be awesome to be able to go anywhere I want in the blink of an eye.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
Something that not many people know is that I was a cheerleader for over 5 years, and I can still do a black flip, which is an awesome trick to pull out when people least expect it.
What place would you most like to visit?
I would most like to visit Mauritius. I love beaches and it just looks so beautiful.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
My favorite place to eat is Local in Chappaqua. They have the best pesto chicken sandwich I’ve ever had.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
My go-to app on my phone is TikTok. It’s a huge time waster, which is essential during this quarantine.
Are you currently binging anything?
Besides food? No.
For a young athlete growing up in the Yorktown school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the lacrosse team and why should they go out for it?
I would tell a young athlete that there is nothing better than Yorktown lacrosse. This has been an amazing and unforgettable experience for me and so many other girls who have spent our whole lives in the program. Yorktown provides offers so many great opportunities for athletes and you should take every single opportunity with open arms. The varsity lacrosse program and team is one of kind. The coaches are amazing and genuinely care about the athletes being healthy, happy and improving. The girls have become a second family to me and keep me motivated to work hard for them. YGLAX forever!
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