BRONX, N.Y. – Yorktown 2015 graduate Emma Kaishian, who was a defensive standout at Manhattan College before graduating from there in 2019, was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s (MAAC) 40th Anniversary Women’s Lacrosse Team on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
Kaishian said that it is a privilege to have been named to the team.
“This team is composed of powerful, dedicated, and remarkable women, many of whom I have looked up to and admired, and it is an honor to be considered among them,” said Kaishian, who is currently pursuing her master’s degree in public health at Columbia University. “I have had so many people help me along my journey, and I feel that I share this honor with all of them.”
Kaishian said what she enjoyed the most about playing at Manhattan was the community culture.
“Our dedicated fans, vivacious alumni, and passionate fellow athletes never let you forget that you were a part of something special and unique,” Kaishian said. “There was nothing better than game day at Gaelic Park, under the 1 train and feeling like you were part of something bigger than yourself. That is something I truly miss.”
The team highlight for Kaishian as a Jasper came in 2019, when Manhattan finished 11-6.
“Tying the program record for most wins in a season my senior year was an indescribable feeling,” Kaishian said. “It was an accumulation of years of intense work and dedication from my teammates. We came together in extraordinary ways, and I am very grateful to have finished my career on a monumental note. My senior class was composed of well-rounded leaders, which helped the team shift to a winning-mindset, and strive for excellence, both on, and off, the field.”
Kaishian, who was fourth in Jaspers’ history with 174 ground balls, was a three-time All-MAAC Selection, including earning first-team honors in her senior campaign.
Kaishian said she attributes her success at Manhattan to the people in her corner who never let her settle for anything less than her best.
“From my weight coach to my professors to my family, particularly my brother Jimmy, I had people holding me accountable and pushing me forward in every facet of my life,” Kaishian said. “Being a Division 1 athlete was that hardest thing I have ever done; I won’t sugar coat it. It was at times physically, emotionally, and mentally draining, and I would not have gotten through it without the unrelenting support of my network. I am forever thankful for them.”
Kaishian also credits playing at Yorktown, under Ellen Mager, a member of the Hudson Valley Lacrosse Hall of Fame, for her success at the next level.
“Playing lacrosse in Yorktown instilled impactful lessons, and values, that I carry with me to this day,” Kaishian said. “The level of competition in Yorktown was high and prepared me for the transition into a Division 1 program. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, I was also was equipped with a perspective, and set of values, that promoted excellence. This is where I learned to push beyond my limits, manage priorities, and value team camaraderie. Being coached by Ellen Mager was invaluable. I felt understood as both an athlete and as an individual, which enabled me to optimize my potential and grow as a person.”