Eastport South Manor’s Sammy Fillipi is set to take 2020 by storm. The senior helped her team to an incredible 19-1 record and takes on a major leadership role going into the new season. The Princeton commit will be a key scorer on this year’s roster and looks to led Eastport South Manor to another great playoff run. Before the start of the season, Fillipi spoke with LILJ about reasons for choosing the Ivy League school and her hopes for her senior year. Click below to read the full interview!
Q: Congrats on your committal to Princeton. Why did you choose the school?
A: I chose Princeton because I know that it is the best place for me to thrive both academically and athletically. I’ve always wanted to play lacrosse at the highest, most competitive level while still getting the best education. Princeton is the best place for me to grow as a player and as a person preparing to take on the real world post college.
Q: What are your expectations for the team going into your senior year? What about for yourself?
A: As a team, we are all looking to win another state championship. Knowing how it feels to win it all has made us more hungry that ever to have a successful season. For myself, I want to be the best leader I can be and contribute as much as I can to our success. I want to push my teammates to be their best selves and I know that they will do the same for me.
Q: Who had the greatest impact on your sports career and why?
A: My parents have had the greatest impact on my lacrosse career. They have always made sure I’m involved in competitive lacrosse; whether it’s taking me to tournaments every weekend for the past few summers, signing me up for camps and clinics, or supporting me on the sidelines, they have given me everything I need to be successful.
Q: Do you feel any sort of pressure stepping into the key leadership role?
A: Of course I feel some pressure as a senior on the team this year, especially knowing that we need to fill some huge shoes. I think this pressure will drive me to be the best leader that I can be for my team. Something that I want to focus on this year is stepping into that leadership role on and off the field. Our team knows that we all need to step up the compensate for the talent lost last season. They being said, we lose awesome players every year and usually find ways to adapt and overcome our losses.
Q: What will you miss most about playing for ESM?
A: I will definitely miss my team the most. My teammates are some of my best friends and it won’t be easy leaving them. Coach Thorn has always instilled in us that we need to play as a team and be on the same page to be successful. We have definitely built a special team atmosphere full of love. The bond I share with my teammates and coaches is something that I will truly cherish and it’s something that will be hard to forget.