This season, junior defender Jackie Amato looks to help take the Westhampton Hurricanes to the next level. Amato will look to take on a leadership role for Hurricanes defense and help the new defenders coming up to the team continue the success that they had last year. While the talent is clearly there, she knows that they still have to put in the work each and every day in order to help them reach their ultimate goal. Amato is still in her recruiting process in regards to where she will play in college, but hopes to get more exposure to different colleges in 2020. Read more about Jackie and how she is taking on the 2020 season in an interview with the LILJ.
Q. What are some of the colleges that you’re considering playing for?
A. As a student athlete, I feel that academics are important and sports are an amazing bonus. In my recruiting process, I am looking for a smaller school that will accommodate my academic wishes while allowing me to have a great experience playing lacrosse. I am hoping this season and my last summer of travel lacrosse will allow for additional exposure to college programs that I am interested in.
Q. How do you believe that you and your team can build off of last seasons success?
A. I think that last season, although we had an upsetting ending in the semi-finals, it was overall a great year for our team. We had excellent communication all over the field and our goalies were amazing! This year, I think we need to make sure that we have the chemistry our team had last year on the offensive and defensive ends of the field. Also, we had a powerful draw circle last year which i think made us as good as we were. That will be essential to this years team as well.
Q. As an upperclassman do you feel you will take on more of a leadership role on the team?
A. As an upperclassman, and one of the only defenders from last years starting lineup, I feel that my leadership will come through in being the anchor of the defense. We have some large shoes to fill from last year and I think teaching the girls coming up the defense and being someone they look up to will be my main goal this year.
Q. What are some individual goals that you have for this season?
A. This season, my goal is to be the best teammate on and off the field that I can be. I would like to of course have good stats (GBs, turnovers) but I would also like to be looked to as a teammate that the girls can turn to if they need anything. On the field, I am committed to do anything and play any position to give my team the best potential to have a great season.
Q. Are there any teams that you’re extra excited to play against or do you treat every game the same?
A. I am honestly very excited for every game this season and walk into every competition with the mindset I need to play hard and up to my ability, no matter the strength of the team. If I had to pick a few games that I am most looking forward to they would be Mt. Sinai, Bayport, and ESM as they have been competitive every year I’ve been on the team, but we haven’t been able to win many of them.
Q. How far do you believe Westhampton can ultimately go this season?
A. I think as a team, we can go very far. We need to work hard everyday in practice and get our chemistry back as we lost a few big members of our team such as Hollie Schleicher and Lindsay Rongo. With only a few days of practice complete, I can already say that the girls on this team have a bond like no other team I have been on. The 7 other juniors and I have been playing together since PAL, and I’ve looked up to the seniors, and I’ve watched the freshmen and sophomores grow as players since PAL. I am so excited to get as deep into post season as I can with the 2020 team!