While most of Emily Rosen's classmates are spending their summer months hanging out at the beach or listening to the newest Justin Bieber album, she's putting all of her time and energy into intense lacrosse training.
Rosen, a junior at Syosset High School in Syosset, NY, maintains a busy schedule of varsity soccer and lacrosse once the school year rolls around, and that means the summer doesn't leave much time for dilly-dallying.
Thanks to Rosen's lockdown defense, Syosset's girls' soccer team notched an 11-win season last year, and its lacrosse squad finished 9-7 in Nassau Conference 1A.
I recently had a chance to catch up with her, and she opened up about introducing helmets into the girls' lacrosse game, the rise of women's soccer, and other interesting topics. She also provided some tips for student-athletes who want to maintain phenomenal lacrosse technique year-round. Here's what she had to say:
Q. What sports do you play at Syosset High School?
Rosen: I'm heading into my junior year. I play defensive center in soccer, and I'm a defender on the lacrosse field. I'm on the varsity team in both sports.
Q. The lacrosse season wrapped up in June. What are you doing to maintain your skills over the summer?
Rosen: I've been playing travel lacrosse every weekend, four or five times a week since June, so that's been helping me with my cardio. Playing two sports is also helpful. It keeps me in shape when the other isn't in season. Travel lacrosse for me is year round, so from September to July basically I'm playing lacrosse every weekend, and by the time it ends, I'm already in pretty good shape for soccer.
Q. There's been a lot of talk about introducing helmets to the girls' lacrosse game. Do you think girls should have to wear helmets in lacrosse?
Rosen:It's a big topic going around the lacrosse world lately, and personally, I would not want to wear a helmet. Safety, of course, is a big part of any sport, but I think it would change the game too much for girls. Yes, we can handle change, but it wouldn't be too pretty dealing with it.
I think it would give off the impression that now that there's some sort of protection, some players would just start whacking away at opponents.
Q. There seems to be a major surge in popularity due to the rise of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, and athletes like Hope Solo and Alex Morgan. Do you find that high school girls are more interested in soccer now then they used to be? Are more girls trying out for the team than ever before?
Rosen: Being an avid soccer player, girls definitely look up to these Olympic players and aspire to be like them, so for sure a lot of girls are trying out for soccer. It's one of those sports that you first play as a kid, but as you grow up you're introduced to new things. I was always into soccer, but then I fell in love with lacrosse later in life.
What I've taken away from the Olympics as far as soccer goes, is that hard work one hundred percent pays off in the end. These girls train everyday and they've accomplished amazing things. They do go through the pain of the training, but as anyone can see, it's totally worth it. I use that to motivate me when I train for soccer and lacrosse...that it'll pay off as time goes on.
Q. What advice would you give to a student-athlete who wants to hone their lacrosse skills year-round?
Rosen: They should try to find a travel team to be apart of. It helps if you want to go to college for lacrosse, it helps your IQ, and you build such a strong bond with your team that you become a family. Besides a travel team, personally, I run everyday, sprints, distance, do some weight training.
My coaches always recommend that if you aren't doing a fall sport or winter sport, join track, that way you know you're getting your fitness in beforehand instead of cramming three days before try outs in the spring. And most importantly, keep your stick in your hand always! Wall ball is a must year-round! It helps out tremendously and your coaches and teammates will be impressed by the time the season comes around.
Q. Thanks so much. Good luck in the season ahead.
Rosen: Thanks. Syosset has a lot of talented athletes. It should be an exciting year.
Eric Holden has been covering Long Island high school sports since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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