Athlete of the Week: Algonquin lacrosse standout Conor Healey
By Lisa Stukel, Contributing Writer
Team: Algonquin Regional Varsity Lacrosse (attack), cross-country and basketball (point guard).
Head Coach: Rich Luongo
Stats: (2009-2010)- 57 goals, 27 assists, (2010-2011- 60 goals, 56 assists, (2011-2012) through first 4-games, 31 goals, 32 assists.
Conor, when did you start playing lacrosse?
“I started playing lacrosse in 4th grade, and with a club team in 7th grade. When I was younger, I played baseball, but then I tried lacrosse and fell in love with the sport. I thought that lacrosse was more fun than baseball, because it was more fun and action packed. My sister also played lacrosse and I watched many of her games.”
What is your most memorable moment?
“I would have to say that it was last year, when our team played in the state finals. The game went into overtime 3-times, and it was really exciting. We ended up losing, but it felt great being in the finals.”
Who has been most influential?
“It would be my club lacrosse coach, Steve O’Donnell. He was my coach when I played at Teamworks and taught me many skills. He played attack when he was younger, and has helped me improve my skills in the position.”
Lacrosse has become very popular, why do you think this is?
“I think that the game is exciting, fast-paced, and action packed. Lacrosse is really fun and it also has a “cool factor.” The shorts and uniforms are colorful, and the pads are cool.”
How do you manage sports and academics?
“At first, playing three sports was tough to manage sports and homework. As the years went on, I was able to organize my time to make sure that I got my work done before practices and games. I think that sports forces you to manage your time better, because you only have a certain amount time to get your homework done.”
Do you train in the off-season?
“I train all-year round and lift weights. Running cross-country and playing basketball helps keep me in great shape as well. I play lacrosse in the summer and in the spring.”
What are your personal goals for this season?
“As far as my personal goal, I would like to reach 200 goals for the season. For the team, I would like to see us going to the state championships and winning this year.”
Do you have any advice for younger, student athletes?
“I would have to say that always play at 100 percent. There are always people that are good, so the harder you work, the better you will be. Training in the off-season is key and have fun with the sport. If you aren’t having fun, you won’t be successful.”
What are your plans for next year?
“I am planning on a post-graduate year at either, Northfield, Mt. Hermon or Loomis Chaffee. I am definitely going to continue playing lacrosse.”
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