Senior attack Ali Susskind is set to begin her final season at Bay Shore High School before she continues her lacrosse career at the University of Richmond next fall. Susskind chose Richmond not just because of their academic excellence but because she also feels its where she belongs and wants to be part of a winning atmosphere. In a recent interview with the LILJ, Ali talks about her final ride at the Shore.
Q. What does it mean to know this will be your final season playing for Bay Shore?
A. It is bittersweet for me. I am excited to be playing with this group of girls for the last time, but I am also sad that the five years of hard work and dedication that I have put forth into this program at Bay Shore is coming to an end.
Q. What were some of the deciding factors in choosing to play at Richmond next year?
A. First off, it is an opportunity for me to attend an excellent academic University. When I visited the campus and pictured myself there, I felt I belonged. It is also exciting that I can be part of a winning lacrosse program with a chance to have an impact on the Spiders future success.
Q. Who are some of the people that helped you get to where you are today?
A. There were many people who helped get me to where I am today. The teammates I’ve played with at Bay Shore High School as well as with Legacy Lacrosse Blue have been great. It was the level of competition in these programs that pushed me to be better each year. Steve Levy, my legacy coach, took a chance on me five years ago and it is he and coach Ryan Gick that have molded me to be the player I am today. Of course none of this would be possible without the support of my family, especially my mother and father who have dedicated countless hours to allow me to enjoy everything that lacrosse has become in my life.
Q. What are you most looking forward to as the up coming season rolls around?
A. This year I am looking forward to getting back on the field after the off season. We have a lot of returning players and are excited to improve on last years overall record. There is great potential in every single one of these girls and I am eager to see where it takes us.
Q. How would you describe your time playing for Bay Shore?
A. In playing for Bay Shore Varsity Lacrosse since eighth grade, I have experienced many different levels of personal and team goals. I can remember scoring three goals including the sudden death winner in eighth grade just as vividly as scoring the overtime game winner that put us into the playoffs last year. I am extremely thankful that I have been able to contribute to the Marauders success. As far as our team goes, we have improved each year and I look forward to that continuing. The fun and laughter I have experienced over the years has made the hard work enjoyable.
Q. What are you going to miss most about playing for Bay Shore when it’s over?
A. What I am going to miss most is playing on a team with all my friends. We all started and grew together from a young age. That along with playing in front of other high school friends is something I will cherish forever. I will especially miss the opportunity I had to play in front of my family each and every game. We have been able to celebrate all the highs and get through all of the lows together. As my Marauder career comes to and end I am excited to carry it on to the University of Richmond.