Eastport South Manor girls lacrosse is on top. The rise of this program started when Becky Thorn made the move from Cold Spring Harbor, out east to the south manor aka ESM. 2019 was a season for the books, with ESM capturing a NYS Class B State Championship. While this championship run was one to remember, it was no easy feat. The run came with a tireless, and relentless approach to building a High School lacrosse program from the bottom up. Learn more about Becky’s rise from standout collegiate lacrosse player towards top High School lacrosse coach locally.
Q: What is your lacrosse background?
My lacrosse background is I picked up a stick in 8th grade for the first time and fell in love with the game almost immediately. I was a soccer player my whole life and decided I wanted to play lacrosse in college instead. I went to Hofstra and played 5 years there (had a season ending injury my senior year and was able to red shirt). After college I got a teaching job right away at Cold Spring Harbor and coached along side of Danielle Castellane for 3 years until I moved over to ESM and have been coaching there ever since.
Q: Why did you decide to get into coaching?
I decided to get into coaching because I loved sports my entire life. I knew if I didn’t pursue my dream as a cop, I would go into education and coach as well.
Q: What was the key last season in your state championship run?
The key to last season and our championship run was the determination of my girls, especially Kasey Choma. She wanted to go out as a state champion. We fell two years ago in the Long Island Championship in the third overtime to Manhasset so the returning girls knew what it would take to continue through our competition in Suffolk and if we saw Manhasset, what we would have to do to win that LIC.
Q: Who is going to fill the void this season now that Kasey Choma is gone?
Kasey Choma brought A LOT to ESM. I’m not sure if I can put one name to fill that void. Ellie Masera (Stony Brook Commit) Stepped up huge the last two seasons when Kasey was being face-guarded and triple teamed in games. I know she will be our force on the offensive end grabbing a lot of attention from our opponents. And Alexandra Giacolone will be taking that leadership role down on the defensive end, marking up our opponents best offensive threats as what Choma also did for us.
Q: What does ESM have to do in order to repeat as State Champions
To repeat as state champions we will need to work harder than we have in the past and play smarter with minimal mistakes. There are teams in Suffolk and Nassau that graduated very little and the target is always on our backs.
Q: Who are you looking forward to playing the most in 2020?
I look forward to most of the teams on our schedule, Division 2 in Suffolk has some of the best competition on the Island. I am looking forward to see West Babylon and West Islip in the B’s and Bayport-Bluepoint, Mt. Sinai and Westhampton in the C’s.
Q: You have coached a lot of great teams at ESM. Are there any teams that stand out more than the others?
I have had a lot of great teams and amazing girls here at ESM. There are always teams that stand out. My team that graduated in 2012 will always be one of my favorites, that was my second year at ESM and we won our programs first county title for lacrosse. We had raw talent and tough athletes that helped set the tone for the following years in my program. And of course my 2015 and 2019 teams had some special seniors graduate from those two classes.