Kimberly Greenblatt is the next one up for Massapequa’s Lacrosse Program. The sophomore is expected to have an major role in 2021 and beyond. Greenblatt has all the signs of becoming the squad’s next great leader; she was a starter in her freshman year due to her excellent defensive play, movement, and vision on the fast break. The midfielder will surely see greater time with the ball and will be pivotal to her team’s success in coming years. In 2019, Massapequa went 7-9 during the regular season, and record that Greenblatt looks to improve in 2021. She recently spoke with the LILJ on her motivations in the sport and her thoughts on the cancellation of the 2020 season. See below to read the full interview!
Q: How did you get started playing lacrosse?
A: I’ve played lacrosse since kindergarten and got started through my dad. My family has always been apart of the game as my brothers Thomas and J.C. play college lacrosse and I’ve always looked up to them. We went to clinics and practices where I really fell in love with the game.
Q: Who has had the greatest impact on you in terms of your playing success?
A: Throughout my career so far, my coaches from travel and high school have all impacted me. Currently Coach Levy, Coach Gick, and Coach Maloney at Legacy lacrosse have changed my game tremendously by the IQ and understanding of lacrosse they’ve given me. Massapequa lacrosse coaches as well definitely changed my way of playing by developing my game overall. Every coach I’ve had has helped strengthen me in all different ways and I’m super grateful for their advice.
Q: What about your play separates you from the rest?
A: I’ve always made speed and transitioning a big part of my game. Full field transitions and pushing the ball is something I’ve always done well and continue to work on.
Q: Massapequa went 7-9 last season. How are you and your teammates working to improve this record?
A: There are so many talented and hard working girls in this program that push each other everyday to get better. Last year, I had a great opportunity playing for the Zimmer’s and they helped me incredibly. This year, we have a new coaching staff. They’ve made drills really competitive which has evidently helped us as well as prepared us for real game situations.
Q: Where do you see the Massapequa program going in the coming years?
A: Massapequa is an incredible program and I’m very excited for it to develop even more. Since many seniors have graduated, the team is very young but so motivated to be successful. The new staff, Coach Kollar, and Coach Lee know the program very well and I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.
Q: What does the cancellation of the 2020 season mean for the team?
A: The cancellation of the season is very difficult and upsetting to the whole team. The team’s bond and chemistry really had great potential and we are all devastated to not have one last ride with the senior class who we’ll miss so much. We remain motivated to come back next season with a drive to succeed which makes the off season now that much more important.