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Jaden Hampel; Getting Ready for Her Final Ride.

Photo courtesy of Timothy Butler

Jaden Hampel stars across sports. The senior just wrapped up her stellar high school soccer career. West Islip watched a superstar finish strong, Jaden netted 18 goals during the 2019 season including a hat trick against Farmingdale in the team’s second game. Hampel was on a mission for success during her final run as a Lion, leading the team to the Suffolk class AA championship game against Smithtown West. Jaden scored the only goal of the game as West Islip won the county title.

Coming off a soccer season for the record book, Hampel looks to duplicate that success on the lacrosse field. As a junior Jaden was the top scorer for West Islip registering  66 points, scoring 29 goals and dishing out 37 assists. The regular season was one filled with ups and downs for the Lions, they went 11-7 and 8-5 in division two matches. When the playoffs  came around Hampel rose to the moment. With 7 seconds remaining in the quarter finals against East Islip she had the game-winning assist to Maggie Davidson. The Lions beat their long time rivals with a score of 10-9 before falling to West Babylon in the semis a few days later. With last season’s bitter ending fueling her and the taste of a title still fresh in her mind, Jaden Hampel will undoubtedly be a force this year on the lacrosse field.

Q: How has the start to your senior year been?

My senior year has started off absolutely amazing! I can already tell from the beginning of this year it’s definitely gonna be the most memorable already.

Q: What takeaways from your soccer season will benefit you come lacrosse season?

Even though soccer and lacrosse are completely different sports there are a lot of takeaways that advance my lacrosse game,  the most important takeaway is my work ethic. Soccer has taught me the blue collar way of grit and heart which definitely gives me a step up for lacrosse.

Q: Why did you choose Stony Brook?

There are many reasons why I picked Stony Brook over my other options but one of the main reasons that made me fall in love with Stony Brook was the family atmosphere. Just walking into my visit I felt home and just felt like that’s where I belonged.

Q: Why did you gravitate towards lacrosse?

The main reason I gravitated to lacrosse is West Islip lacrosse is basically my family. All my friends grew up playing lacrosse together, from the time we were five years old. Coach Cameron and Coach Nicolosi are father figures to me and my biggest supporters making my decision of lacrosse over soccer easy.

Q: What game was the most memorable  thus far during your career?

My most memorable game of my athletic career was definitely my sophomore year County championship where we played Northport for the title. This was my most memorable game because it was the last game of our revenge tour where no one thought we would win. Plus winning the county championship with my sister Emma and my 32 other sisters was the best feeling in the world.

Q:  Where do you want to improve this season?

This season what I would love to improve in would be my leadership. I’ve always been the baby of the team so now going into my senior year I have big shoes to fill and to direct the team. 

Q: What are your expectations for the team this season?

My expectations for this lacrosse season are definitely high. I definitely hope to go far this season and make my last ride the best one.


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