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Ellie Masera; Defending Her Crown

Photo courtesy of Timothy Butler

Ellie Masera is a member of the vaunted Eastport South Manor team. Right now the senior all-star is tearing it up in the world of field hockey. She is leading one of Suffolk county’s best all around teams to an impressive 11-7 record thus far on the season. Masera is scoring at will, already accumulating 21 points, 13 goals and 8 assists, Ellie ranks in the top five in Suffolk. Her tenacity and effort never waivers and is scary for all future opponents as the Sharks prepare for the postseason.

Ellie’s field hockey game translates perfectly to the lacrosse field, that is where she has made a name for herself on the Island. During her junior campaign she was an integral part of the State Class B championship squad. She was second on the team as she registered 68 points, 58 goals and 10 assists, during the magical 2019 season. A season that was marred by injury for ESM but saw their leadership never waiver. Masera played her best when the lights shone brightest, netting four goals in the state finals against Fayetteville-Manlius she established herself as one of Long Island’s best. Now the Stony Brook commit enters her senior season with a target on her back, but the always steady Masera is ready to face the challenge head on.

Q: How has the start to your senior been?

Senior year has been great! I love all the activities involved but I’m definitely savoring the moments knowing that I’ll be moving on to college next year.

Q: What are some highlights from early in the field hockey season?

In the beginning of the season we lost the coach we’ve all had for many years and it was heart breaking. The team took a while to adjust to the new coaching style and having lost almost all of our starters from the previous season. The beginning of our season was a challenge and we lost some close games but knowing our time together was limited we made every moment count and upset the second and third team making it to the County Championship

Q: What is it like playing with your sister, Alison?

Having the opportunity to play with my younger sister in the position next to me was so special especially being it was my senior year. It brought us closer as sisters and friends

Q: Is there a game, any sport, that stands out to you during your high school career?

Winning the State Championship with my teammates last season was definitely the highlight of my entire lacrosse career. Holding the plaque with my best friends was in an indescribable feeling

Q: Why did you choose Stony Brook?

I visited many colleges but Stony Brook felt like home. Family is the most important thing and staying close to home was very important to me. Coach Joe and Kim are incredible people who made me feel like I was already a part of the family on my first visit. At Stony Brook I know I can get a great education while also playing at the highest level. Growing up I was never trained by any fancy trainers it was just my dad and I in the backyard working on every skill imaginable.

Q: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a lacrosse player?

My parents support me and push me to reach my full potential molding me into the person and player I have become. Without any question they have had the most positive impact on me as a lacrosse player and person. We lost a couple key players but our team runs so deep, ever player contributes to our teams success.

Q: What challenges face your team as defending champions?

Being State Champions last season we know we will have a huge target on our backs but we’re a determined group and we’re up to any challenge we will face.

 

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