Last Wednesday, September 1, 2021, was a time that college coaches began the pursuit of signing the best lacrosse players throughout Long Island. Some players committed instantly because they had an idea of where they wanted to go. However, some took the approach of waiting to see what college fits best for them. One of those players who received many phone calls is Michelle Pecoraro. Ever since the second grade, she has loved playing lacrosse and has no regrets about it. “I started playing in second grade. My dad played in high school. As soon as I put the stick in my hands, I fell in love ever since.” This amazing journey led her to become an attacker for St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, New York
She describes her game as being “very quick. I play right X and I am very quick behind the net. I am very good on my feet, and I have very good stick skills.” These skills paid off last season because she had 4 goals, 6 assists, and 10 overall points. With her senior season approaching, she knows that she can improve her numbers. “There is always room for improvement, and I am just looking to improve myself overall not just as a player, but as a person.” With her approach to this season about improving herself and being a team player, it is not surprising that many schools called her in order to sign her. After looking at all her options, Michelle decided to commit to Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne, Massachusetts.
A big reason she committed to Massachusetts Maritime Academy is because of head coach Mark Polumbo. “Getting to a school definitely starts with getting a good coach and he has been nothing but awesome to me. I connected with all of the coaches there and it felt like home.” With the established connection with her coach, she is ready to be a part of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference and play against teams throughout the state. “I am just looking to bring it my all and really be an asset to Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Every single game, I am going to give it my all.”
With this mindset of giving it her all, Michelle is ready to get her college career started. However, with the one season she has left at St. John the Baptist, she will do anything possible to help the team win and cement her legacy as one of the best players to be a part of that program.