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The senior defender and co-captain of the defending PIAA state champions, Lemonick is the Rams' "defensive leader and glue' according to Harriton head coach George Dick. A four-year starter who received second team All-Central League and All-Main Line honors last spring, Lemonick and her teammates held Episcopal Academy to just five goals in a 6-5 win at the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival. The Cornell-bound senior is the No. 6 rated high school girls' lacrosse player in the United States by www.StudentSports.com. She was named to the all-tourney team at the Under Armour Underclassmen Tournament as a sophomore. Lemonick also is the co-captain of the Harriton girls' cross-country team.

Main Line Media News: What is your most vivid memory of the state championship final against Radnor last spring?

Hilary Lemonick: My most vivid memory of the state championship game was the final 10-15 minutes when we held Radnor to almost no shots from the field and played exceptional team defense. All seven players in the defensive zone during the game worked hard and worked together to keep the Radnor attackers away from the cage. We were resilient and patient in the final minutes of play and I remember really feeling confident in our team and our defense as we faced such a strong opponent.


Main Line Media News: Can you describe your first reaction at the state championship final when you realized Harriton won its first-ever state title?Hilary Lemonick: When we won the draw and Caleigh Foust came racing down the field scoring the winning goal I threw my lacrosse stick high in the air and raced towards Melina (our goalie) and the rest of our team. I had an immediate rush of happiness, excitement, accomplishment and relief. Our team worked so incredibly hard last year during the off-season as well as the regular season and there is no better way to celebrate that dedication than to win a state championship.

Main Line Media News: What was your most vivid memory of the Under Armour Games?Hilary Lemonick: My most vivid memory of the Underclassmen games was during what I believe was our second game of the tournament. We faced a very strong, fast and skilled Long Island all star team and I had the unbelievable opportunity to guard Courtney Fortunato, who is a freshman at Notre Dame right now. She is one of the best college lacrosse players in the country right now and I have always looked up to her as a strong poised player who is always making good decisions on the field. Playing defense against her and being able to slow her down and try and keep her away from the cage was such a privilege because I knew that playing with the best would only make me a better player.

Main Line Media News: What do you think is the strongest aspect of your game? Hilary Lemonick: I think the strongest aspects of my game are my physicality, my on-ball defense and my recognition skills.

Main Line Media News: What part of your game are you working on the most currently?Hilary Lemonick: I am still working on and will always work on my speed and my footwork as well as controlling my stick on the field. You can never be too fast or too quick and by learning to better control my stick and my body, my positioning on defense will improve.

Main Line Media News: What attracted you to Cornell? What other schools were in the running? What do you think you'd like to major in? Is there a career path that particularly interests you?Hilary Lemonick: What originally attracted me to Cornell was the unbelievable coaching staff. (Coach Graap, Coach Friedrich, Coach Moore and Coach Baker). Once I had my unofficial visit and got a tour of the campus I immediately knew that Cornell was the right place for me. The team was very welcoming and friendly and I felt right at home. I was also considering Georgetown, BU, and a couple other Ivy League schools but Cornell was always at the top of my list. While I am certain on a career path just yet, I have a strong interest in business and communications as well as nutrition and food science so I am hoping to combine those two interests into a major.

Main Line Media News: Tell us a little about your pre-game preparation the day of a game.Hilary Lemonick: My pre game preparation definitely begins in the morning with a healthy filling breakfast as well as a good selection of snacks throughout the day. As the game approaches I spend some time trying to braid my hair into a perfect ponytail and I always eat a KIND granola bar and drink blue Gatorade before I play. I also listen to loud pump up music with the team and sometimes you can even find me dancing and singing on the sideline.

Main Line Media News: What (to you) has been the highlight of your time with Quaker City Lacrosse? What do you like best about Quaker City Lacrosse?Hilary Lemonick: My highlight of playing Quaker City Lacrosse has been the fun and informative summer practices as well as the strong community that has been built through the program. Coach D {Coach Dick], along with Coach Shapiro and other coaches always do a great job of making our practices helpful and meaningful but also very fun. Being able to play with new players as well as with some of my fellow RAMLAX teammates and work on skills and positions that I may not have time to do during my high school season is great.

Main Line Media News: What sparked your original interest in lacrosse? What has been the most important thing you have learned about lacrosse from your older brother Mike? Have you seen many of his games at Navy?Hilary Lemonick: My original interest in lacrosse began with the house/youth league for Lower Merion Township when I was in middle school. All my friends were playing so one year I decided to start. The most important thing that my older brother has taught me over the years is to work hard, play smart, always be humble and most importantly be a leader. I have seen many of my brothers' soccer games down at the academy. I love going to Annapolis with my parents and spending the day walking around the town, on the water, and then watching a high-level soccer game that night.

Main Line Media News: Who have been your most influential lacrosse mentors, and what has been the most important thing you have learned from each one?Hilary Lemonick: My most influential lacrosse mentors have been my current coach (coach D) as well as current AIS coach, Coach Duck (coach Duckenfield). Coach D has supported me and raised me throughout my lacrosse career and I would not be where I am today without his knowledge. He has not only taught me defense, game strategies, plays, and communication, but more importantly he has taught me how to stay composed, be mature and what the true meaning of hard work is. I have also had the pleasure of working with and playing for coach Duckenfield in various tournaments throughout high school and her positive feedback, aggressive approach and fun attitude makes me appreciate the game even more and play even harder.

Main Line Media News: Your senior project is a fund-raising dance-a-thon for Bringing Hope Home. What sparked your interest in this project?Hilary Lemonick: Harriton's athletic director, Tom Ferguson, who is friendly with the founder of the organization, which raises money for cancer patients and their families who are unable to afford their medical bills, proposed this idea for my senior project to me. I have also played lacrosse with the founder's daughter before on my club team. After hearing the idea and doing some research I immediately said yes and took on the position as my senior project. I am working with one of my good friends and we have enjoyed every minute of planning, organizing, marketing and fund-raising for such a good cause.

Hilary Lemonick's favorites Book: The Great Gatsby.

Author: Suzanne Collins (author of the Hunger Games). TV show: Gossip Girl. Pre-game pump-up song: Latch by Disclosure and Sam Smith. Athlete: Lindsey Vonn.Historical figure (past and/or present): "Abraham Lincoln, because he fought for what he believed in and brought together our once divided nation. He never gave up and was both passionate and hard working, which are two characteristics that I feel are important to possess.'

Team: "Besides Ramlax and Cornell men's and women's lacrosse teams my favorite team is the Eagles we have season tickets and I love going to the games with my Dad!' Place to visit: "The Jersey Shore, where my family has a house, or Portland, Maine where I travel to with my family over the summer.'