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Emma Tyrell; Orange Crush

Photo courtesy of Timothy Butler photography

Emma Tyrell joined one of Suffolk county’s best lacrosse programs as a freshman four years ago. The Mount Sinai Mustangs proved their worth during the 2016 season, going up to Cortland for the State championships. The Mustangs won the title during Emma’s first season, and that got the ball rolling towards an excellent career for Tyrell. This state title was the first of her three, she and her teammates hoisted the trophy every season 2016 through 2018. They also claimed victory in the LIMLF Founders Cup.

Mount Sinai was always a threat with Emma in the lineup. Culminating in a truly sensational senior season for the midfielder. A phenom on the scoring end, Emma tallied __ points during final season as a Mustang and led the team to 15-3 record. Although Emma fell short of going perfect 4/4 in state championship (would have been a five-peat) for Mount Sinai, arguably her last hoorah in high school was her best. She brings her winning mentality to Syracuse as the Orange look to compete for a national title in 2020. She is nearly finished her first semester at school, and in the midst of it all she answered questions for us back home at the LILJ.

Q: How has your transition to college been so far?

For me, the transition from high school to college has been great!  It took about a week for me to adjust to being in a new place. My transition went smoothly because I have  had many people helping me including my teammates, coaches, and my sister. 


Q: Why did you choose Syracuse?

The reason I chose Syracuse University is because ever since I was younger, I have dreamed of attending a school that offered both a great academic program as well as a top lacrosse program.  Syracuse allows me to pursue the major that I want, while still playing lacrosse at a highly competitive level. Also, everyone that I had talked to prior to finalizing my commitment, including students and lacrosse players, said that they were having such a positive experience there. Even though I am only just about to finish my first semester, so far I can agree. I am having an amazing experience here and I couldn’t imagine myself being anywhere else.


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

The people that had the biggest impact on me as a lacrosse player would hands down be my parents. They have supported me since the first day I picked up a lacrosse stick and they continue to cheer me on and support me to this day.  


Q: What was the highlight of your time at Mount Sinai?

The highlight of the time I spent at Mount Sinai would definitely be the first time that we won States up in Cortland. I was a freshman at the time and it was my first time on varsity.  The feeling that I had being a freshman and able to contribute to our win at States is indescribable. At that time, there was no better feeling than walking off that field with medals around our necks and a plaque in our hands.


Q: What are your expectations for this upcoming season?

I have high expectations for this upcoming season. Our team has a lot of amazing talent in every class that is just waiting to be shown on the field in the spring. As an incoming freshman, my main goal is to contribute to the team in anyway to help them be successful. I am excited for everyone to see the accomplishments that we complete this year on our road to the NCAA Championships. 


Q: How do you want to improve as a player?

As a lacrosse player, I am always looking for new ways to improve my game. Right now, I am looking to improve on my conditioning. I am also looking to improve shooting consistency. 


Q: Where do you see yourself after college and does lacrosse play a role?

After college, I am hoping to be on the track to be in PA school. It has always been a goal of mine to work in the medical field and I am grateful for this school and team for allowing me to do both.  For the lacrosse part, I know that lacrosse will always play a role in my life. I know that I will always be rooting for Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse and watching them succeed even after I graduate.


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