“Seeing that there are a lot of girls in New York City that are so passionate about lacrosse makes me really happy. It is nice to know that there are a lot of other serious players out there.”
Ivy League bound, Emma Seitz is a recent graduate of Hunter College High School. With plans to attend Yale University in the fall, Emma looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead of her.
Born and raised in Manhattan, New York, Emma’s lacrosse career began in 3rd grade when she started playing goalie for DOC’s NYC. Once middle school came around, Emma was eager to join the lacrosse team. She played all through middle and high school and ended her high school career as a captain of the girl’s varsity team at Hunter.
She began her lacrosse career as a goalie, but slowly transitioned to becoming a field player. This transition gave her the opportunity and ability to explore the game of lacrosse on a broader scale. However, Emma says about playing goalie prior to becoming a midfielder, “I still love goalie and I tried to play one game a season in goal.” Aside from lacrosse, Emma has also been playing ice hockey since she was 5 years old. At age 3, she learned how to skate. By the time she was 5, she had translated her skating skills into a sport. Over the years, Emma has traveled up and down the east coast, playing in games and tournaments.
When she is not out on the lacrosse field or on the ice rink, Emma can be found reading books of the fiction/science fiction genre, writing, or drawing. As an avid English student, Emma finds it fascinating that “there are many different perspectives that can be taken from a reading, and when all of the ideas come together, the discussion can be very interesting.”
When she plays lacrosse, Emma would describe herself as an “intense and aggressive” player. As a midfielder, Emma likes the fast pace of the game and opportunities she gets to carry the ball down the field and score. Over the past 2 seasons, Emma has been given the chance to take the face-offs. What she likes most about the face-off is that she is ”able to determine the opposing team’s strategy and use it as an advantage.”
As a member of the Girl’s Varsity Team at Hunter, one thing that Emma has taken away from the program is that the team is a variety of different people who have come together for a common reason; to play the sport that they love. As a captain, she is very personable and open-minded, willing to help out the younger players. However, she does say that, “If you are not starting when you are younger, do not get discouraged. Go to practice, work hard, and you will improve.”
As a multifaceted student-athlete, Emma has always been told to “control what you can control and do not get discouraged by things that stand in your way. Focus on doing the best that you can and don’t worry about anything else.” She uses this piece of advice when she is playing either lacrosse or ice hockey.
For Emma, CityLax has been a way for her to make friends from other areas of New York City. She says, “Seeing that there are a lot of girls in New York City that are so passionate about lacrosse makes me really happy. It is nice to know that there are a lot of other serious players out there.” The people she has met through her team at Hunter and with DOC’S NYC has given Emma a greater sense of community and companionship that she may otherwise not have known.
At Yale, Emma hopes to study Economics. She will also join the Women’s Varsity Ice Hockey team and will look to get involved in other campus activities once she arrives on campus. She will enjoy her last summer at home by playing ice hockey, working out, and hanging with friends.