Small, but mighty, Mattituck girls lacrosse has done the unthinkable, win back-to-back state Championships and make their mark as one of Long Island’s premier programs. At the heart of it all, Senior star, Mackenzie Hoeg. For the first time in years, Mackenzie will be playing without sister Riley. While her sister will be missed, it’s an opportunity for Mack to shine and make her mark on Long Island lacrosse. Learn more about Mackenzie’s story, recruiting process, and outlook on what’s next for Mattituck girls lacrosse in 2020.
Q: How has the start of your Senior year been?
The start of my senior year has been great. I’m definitely excited for lacrosse season to come. For now I’m really enjoying playing basketball.
Q: How is the early basketball season so far?
It’s been fun, it’s a new group of girls, and we are still trying to figure out how we work best together, but I think we improve every game.
Q: How has basketball helped you become a better lacrosse player?
I think there are alot of similar concepts between the two sports on offense and defense. Both sports require a lot of vision and being a point guard allows me to see the gaps in the others team defense which transfers over to the lacrosse field.
Q: What has been the highlight of your lacrosse career so far?
The highlight of my lacrosse career is winning states the past two years and being able to share that experience with my sister.
Q: Why Virginia?
I chose Virginia because the school offers a great education while having a competitive lacrosse team with great coaches. Also, my sister Riley going to UVA was an added bonus for me. I could go on forever about all the great things I took into account while committing but those are the main reasons.
Q: What other schools were you considering?
My top choices were Maryland, Penn State, and Boston College, but UVA stood out from the beginning.
Q: What was the biggest challenge last year in your state championship run?
The biggest challenge was to keep our composure throughout the playoff games, with our high expectations of winning another state championship.
Q: What are your thoughts on the upcoming season?
It’s going to be my first year without playing with any of my sisters, which will be an adjustment for me, but I’m very excited to get the season starter. Our team has a lot of new varsity players and I’m looking forward to see how we come together as a team and make a run for a third state title in a row.