Emma Ward, is there anything she can’t do? The supremely talented senior just capped off a soccer season for the ages. The Babylon Panthers went 14-5 on the year, including eight shutout victories, and breezed through the playoffs in route to the Long Island Championship game. They matched up against a very talented Carle Place team, and behind Ward’s 12 save performance they won 2-1. After conceding the first goal of the game, Emma shutout Carle Place in the second half and Babylon reclaimed the Island’s crown. With just a few weeks to rest, Emma is already gearing up for basketball season. Last year was a down year for the Panthers finishing below .500 on the season. Emma however was a bright spot, putting up over 13 points a game. With her recent success on the soccer field, Emma is more motivated than ever to keep the momentum rolling into basketball season. There is nothing quite as satisfying as the taste of victory, and she is still very hungry.
Emma has always shown a special affinity for lacrosse, and now as senior it’s her time to lead Babylon over the hump. Last year they had a great season, and advanced all the way to the Suffolk Class D finals. They lost to Mattituck 12-3, and Ward was responsible for all three Babylon goals. She had been scoring all season, 63 goals and 30 assists. Her 93 points were good for fifth in all of Suffolk county, and those totals should only improve during her last flight as a Panther. The team is in good hands, and before the season gets going Emma answered a few questions for us at the LILJ.
Q: How was the start to your senior year been?
The start of my senior year has been good! Pretty busy with soccer and school, but it is going well! I’m taking a lot of AP and honors classes so school is keeping me busy, but I’m really enjoying it!
Q: What was the highlight from this past soccer season?
The highlight of my soccer season was definitely winning the Class B Long Island Championship and going up to states! It was such an amazing experience that not many student athletes get the opportunity to participate in. I am forever thankful for my teammates and all their hard work this past season! As well as my coaches who made it all possible!
Q:What are you most looking forward to during the basketball season?
I’m really looking forward to playing with my teammates again! Last season didn’t end how we wanted, so this season we are looking to get into playoffs and hopefully compete for a County Championship!
Q: How do the three sports relate?
In all three sports, you must be able to communicate and work with your teammates. Soccer, basketball and lacrosse are not individual sports, so you must trust and rely on your teammates. It has been awesome getting to know so many new girls in my school that I now call my friends through sports!
Q: Will you miss soccer and basketball in college?
I am going to miss soccer and basketball so much when I am in college. I have been playing both sports since I was little, and having a life without them is going to be so sad and different. I think I have become so accustomed to always playing 3 sports per year in high school that only playing one in college is going to be strange. One thing for sure is that you don’t understand the impact high school sports has on your life until it is over.
Q: Why did you choose Syracuse lacrosse?
I visited a bunch of school and none compared to Syracuse in my eyes. The campus, team, academic opportunities, coaches and professors all made my decision to commit to Syracuse very easy! I can’t wait to leave next fall!
Q: How do you want to improve upon last season?
Reflecting on last season, there are a few things I want to improve on. I want to improve my draw skills, defense and shooting percentage. Getting better in these categories will only strengthen my play.
Q: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a lacrosse player?
Two people who have had a tremendous impact on my lacrosse career are Shelby Fredricks and Nicole Levy. Shelby played at Northwestern and Nicole played at Syracuse. Without them, I wouldn’t be the lacrosse player I am today, so I am forever thankful for there help and guidance throughout my lacrosse career.