SENIOR ATHLETE REFLECTION: Boys’ lacrosse seniors reflect on their proudest moments

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Photo Jeff Slovin

Senior Henry Alford moves toward the goal with the ball in his stick as his opponent chases after him at a home game.

These interviews were done remotely due to COVID-19 precautions.

Because of the cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season, senior athletes reflected on the best moments from their time playing their sport at Algonquin.

Henry Alford:

What are you most proud of from your time playing lacrosse at Algonquin?

“I’m most proud of earning All-American honors for my junior year season. I worked hard in the offseason to get better, so I could really be prepared for the season. I wanted to win a state championship with the team, I wasn’t thinking about an individual accolade like that, but it’s still really special to be recognized.“

What will you miss most from playing lacrosse at Algonquin?

“I’ll miss playing with all my really good friends that I’ve been playing lacrosse with for my whole life. Most of us started playing lacrosse back when we were 10-11 years old, we grew up together playing the sport. “

What is your favorite memory of lacrosse at Algonquin?

“My favorite memory is beating Saint Johns in overtime last spring. We were losing by four or five goals going into the fourth quarter and fought our way back to tie the game. In overtime we made two different stops on defense and then Noah Larsen scored to get us the win. “

Looking down, senior Derek Blanchard quickly picks up a loose ball before his opponent can reach it. (Submitted Derek Blanchard)

 

Derek Blanchard:

What are you most proud of from your time playing lacrosse at Algonquin?

I’m most proud of how quickly I learned the game and how I fell in love with the sport so fast. Growing up, I was a baseball guy until I just felt that I needed a change in my life. Although I only started freshman year, I feel that I was able to learn a lot in the three years I had.”

What will you miss most from playing lacrosse at Algonquin?

I think I’m just going to miss playing the sport the most. I was looking forward to this year especially because I have been waiting for the spring season because Lacrosse is one of the most fun sports to both play and spectate. Although I’m fortunate enough to play another sport in college, It won’t be the same without playing lacrosse as well.”

What is your favorite memory of lacrosse at Algonquin?

My favorite memory was from a scrimmage before my junior season. Many of the returning varsity players didn’t think I was going to play much that season. I remember finally getting a chance to get in that scrimmage about five minutes into the second half. I was able to help clear the ball and made a few plays that showed the entire team that I knew what I was doing and I feel this scrimmage helped me to get noticed by the coaches.”

 

Nick Cammarano:

While on the run, senior Nick Cammarano firmly catches the ball in his stick. (Photo Jeff Slovin)

What are you most proud of from your time playing lacrosse at Algonquin?

“My proudest moment was making the team as an underclassman when I wasn’t sure if I had the ability to. “

What will you miss most from doing playing lacrosse at Algonquin?

“I will really miss the times that we had together as a team during pasta parties and in the locker room before games/practices.”

What is your favorite memory of lacrosse at Algonquin?

“My favorite memory was definitely beating saint johns after coming back from being a few goals down.”

 

Nick Larsen:

What are you most proud of from your time doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

 “Most proud of leaving the program better than when we found it freshman year.” 

What will you miss most from doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

 “Going to miss going to practice everyday and representing the school.”

What is your favorite memory of outdoor track at Algonquin?

 “Favorite memory is beating Saint Johns in overtime junior year and pasta parties.”

 

In a game under the lights, senior Will Paglia cradles the lacrosse ball and moves toward the goal. (Photo Jeff Slovin)

Will Paglia:

What are you most proud of from your time doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I am proud of our work ethic and I will never forget staying after practice for overtime drills and situations.”

What will you miss most from doing outdoor track at Algonquin?

“I am going to miss pasta parties the most because it was always a great time to bond with teammates and relax after a long practice.“

What is your favorite memory of outdoor track at Algonquin?

“Beating St. John’s in over time will always stick out to me as one of my favorite memories because of how much it meant to everyone and how close the score was.”

 

Boys’ lacrosse seniors that The Harbinger was unable to contact: 

Andrew Biron

Noah Larsen

Aidan O’Leary