Next year will be an exciting time for senior athletes. Throughout the following year, many athletes will commit to colleges where they will play varsity sports. In order for current junior athletes to get to that point, it’s important for them to have a productive summer by practicing their sport and working hard.
Jill Pfeifer, a current senior and lacrosse player who committed to Colorado Mesa University, has some advice on how to stay in game shape during those dog days of summer. In order to stay fit, Jill’s coach gave her a workout packet at the end of the school year, which involved going to the gym everyday.
That does not mean Jill worked out by herself all summer. She played pickup games at Burns Park with other members of the Massapequa lacrosse team. Along with the school team, Jill played for her summer lacrosse team, the Long Island Wave. Additionally, Jill participated in seven tournaments throughout the summer. However, one should not be alarmed by Jill’s hectic schedule. “I went to the beach and slept as much as I could,” Jill said.
Visiting Colorado Mesa University was one of the highlights of Jill’s summer. She stayed for a weekend to get a feel for the campus, but more importantly, she played with the current members of the lacrosse team during a practice session. College visits are a vital part to the college decision making process, especially if one plans on playing a varsity sport.
While it can be tempting to take the summer off, Jill’s busy summer leading up to senior year helped to prepare her for her college playing career.
“There is nothing I want more than to win,” Jill said. “It is the greatest feeling in the world to have all your hard work pay off.”