Harborfields senior defensemen Nicholas Caccamo is a force to be reckon with on the field. Last season he racked up a team high 107 ground balls for the Tornadoes. Nicholas will be taking his talents to Yale University where he will look to continue his lacrosse career. Read more about how Nicholas chose to play for Yale and how he hopes to finish his Harborfields career.
Q. What were some of the deciding factors in choosing to play at Yale?
I felt that they had a lot to offer. The mix of the great academics and a great lacrosse program were a big pull for me because I’m able to compete for a national championship every year while also getting one of the best degrees in the world. I‘m also a huge fan of Coach Shay and the way he runs the program. I feel like he really knows how to get the best out of all his players.
Q. What are some of the things that you learned playing at Harborfields that you can take with you to Yale?
I’ve learned that every season comes with a few challenges that you didn’t expect to have. They either make or break a team. If you keep working hard and don’t let them get in the way you’ll be playing at your best towards the end of the season, which is the best time to do so.
Q. Who are some of the people that helped you get to where you are today?
Joe Spallina is a large reason I am the player I am today. I’ve been playing on 91 for him since the 3rd grade and he’s taught me a lot about lacrosse and work ethic. He always knew how to push his players to get the best out of them. He is a very intense and energetic coach which can be intimidating, but he always made you know he’s got your back.
Q. What are your goals for your final season at Harborfields?
Our goal this year is to have the best season in our schools history. Winning counties two years in a row was a big accomplishment for our school, so now this year we wanna take it a step further and push for the lic. We realize it’s going to be a big challenge especially after having two really good programs move into our division, but it’s a challenge we look forward to.
Q. What are you going to miss most about Harborfields
One of the things I’m gonna miss the most is getting to play for my home town with all my friends I’ve known my whole life. Every year our team has a really good bond and we all get along really well. It makes the season a lot of fun. I’m also gonna miss the home games where the stands are packed with basically everyone in our school. Those games are the best because they give you a little more juice and make the games more fun.
Q. How would you describe yourself as a player?
I like to make my teammates better and also be as complete of a player as possible. I like to play physical one on one defense and also help out in the transition game once I pick up the ball off the ground.