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Player Profile: Sam Croston, Mount Sinai

Mt. Sinai goalkeeper Sam Croston prepares to block

Mt. Sinai goalkeeper Sam Croston prepares to block a shot on goal in an undated handout photo. (Credit: Handout)

Welcome to the second installment of Player Profiles, where we at Team Glax shamelessly rip-off Mike Gavin’s Around the Diamond blog posts to bring you the stories behind the players.  

Today’s interview comes courtesy of Sam Croston, Mt. Sinai’s JV goalie who played in her first varsity game just last week against Kings Park. She’s fun, y’all, and the undefeated Mustangs are no joke this year. Give it a read...

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Ready? Let’s go!

What's the biggest difference between JV and Varsity?
“Probably how serious it is. On JV, it’s not as competitive and not as stressful, but it’s not nearly as much of a thrill.”

What do you like about being a goalie?
“I started when I was probably around fifth or sixth grade and I like everything about it, but specifically the rush. There’s not a better feeling than stopping a shot and benefitting the team. I don’t stop every shot, but I’m willing to take that chance. A great goalie can change a game.”

What’s your favorite lacrosse memory?
“That’s a tough one. I think when we played our rivals, Miller Place, on JV last year and we won by one goal. It wasn’t only because we won the game. That’s when I realized the thrill of being a goalie and that playing in games like that was enough to keep me in lacrosse forever.”

What's your favorite part of being on Mount Sinai's lacrosse team?
“Knowing there’s a chance we could go all the way. We have a great program with numerous girls who work together and we’re 15-0. It’s an amazing experience to be a part of.”

What was going through your head during your first varsity game?
“Like any other goalie, I was nervous, but at the same time, I was excited. It was cool to be getting the opportunity. It’s the first time to show the coach and my teammates and everyone else my abilities, and you don’t get a second change to make a good first impression. It felt like it was going so fast and then it felt like an eternity. I wanted them to come down and shoot, but it was nerve-wracking.”

Which varsity teammate(s) are you closest to?
Shayna and Sydney Pirreca. I’ve known them as long as I can remember, since I was a baby. I’m close to Jenna Signorile, who moved up this year and Jess DeMeo. We’ve all been my friends since I was born. We’ve been close because of lacrosse and [living nearby], and just the number of rides Shayna has had to give me to practices; family parties. We’ve all been friends a long time.”

Who’s your favorite pro athlete?
“No reason why, but [the Knicks] Tyson Chandler. He’s just so cool and he has so much confidence. He’s the one dunking the ball.”

Do you have any special non-lacrosse talents?
“I’ve been playing the drums for a few years, and I’m learning to play the guitar. I participate in a few other sports…I’ll play anything on the drums, but mostly rock.”

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Channing Tatum, Fat Amy from “Pitch Perfect” and Bill Gates – a hot guy, a funny girl, and someone to pay for it.

What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
“Ugh. Scary Movie 4. It was terrible. Don’t go see it.”

What do you want to accomplish before you graduate high school?
“I split my life up into three categories – school, sports, and social life. It’s the three Ss. I want to achieve success in all three.”

What music do you listen to before a game?
“Rock, pump up music is I guess what you’d call it. I’ll listen to the top hits nowadays. Anything to get me in the frame of mind. I stay away from depressing songs.”

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
“I know it’s a cliché and it’s everyone’s dream, but I want to see the Eiffel Tower. It’s always been my dream to take my friends to Paris.”