Emma Hardisky

Athlete Spotlight: Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse player Emma Hardisky

Shenandoah University 20-year-old junior

Sport: Lacrosse. Position: Defense

Parents: Mike and Kay Hardisky

Hometown: Timonium, Md. (Dulaney High School). Major: Exercise science

What do you love about lacrosse: I’ve grown up playing the sport and I’ve loved playing with my friends. I enjoy the team aspect. I think that’s definitely the high point of it — the team aspect and just being out there with my friends and kicking butt.

Most memorable moment in lacrosse: Freshman year we beat Roanoke in a play-in round at Roanoke. It was like the last few minutes and we were up by one goal and one our juniors at the time, Jen Northam, she was running up and down the field keeping the ball so they couldn’t get it and score. I just remember that moment of her running up-and-down until the clock ran out. She just dropped it and we all ran out there and hugged each other.

Most embarrassing moment in lacrosse: I feel like there’s a million of those. I don’t think I have anything super embarrassing. There was one time I accidentally ran into my goalie in a game when we were playing Randolph-Macon. I still feel bad about that. For me, I’m just usually embarrassed if I don’t play well.

Three people you can have dinner with, dead or alive: My grandfather [Bill Hardisky] who passed away last fall. I feel like I would talk to him about everything that’s going on; Queen Elizabeth II, I’m just weirdly into British history; Elvis Presley, I was raised on Elvis. That’s what I listen to in the car with my parents a lot. My favorite Christmas song is, “Blue Christmas,” which is probably one of the saddest Christmas songs.

What’s the best athletic advice you’ve ever received: I met with this men’s coach this year Dom Starsia (former Virginia coach) and he was giving me a lot of advice. He told me you have to go out there and put in “an uncommon amount of effort.” For me, that resonated. That’s what I think about every day, uncommon commitment — to put myself in a position that I wasn’t in yesterday, to push myself harder than I did yesterday and each and every day. Another piece of advice he gave me is that “there’s no big games.” ... Everyday you work your [butt] off no matter who you are playing.

If you could go on a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go: Anywhere in Europe. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy and Greece. I’ve been to Paris and I loved it. I would definitely go again. Italy and Greece are at the top of my list.

Favorite teacher or professor: Dr. [Jessica] Kutz. She’s an exercise science professor at school and anytime I needed any help with classwork I could always go and sit and talk with her. I could even sit there and talk to her about things going on in my life and other things I have going on.

Favorite athlete: Former SU lacrosse player Jacque Hemler

Favorite team: Baltimore Ravens

Favorite movie: “Shrek”

Favorite TV show: “Parks & Recreation”

Favorite song: “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley

Favorite food: Crabs

Plans after college: Graduate school. Hoping to go back to Maryland and get my DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy). I hope to be a physical therapist. I’ve looked at different areas and I’m currently doing an internship in a hospital and I’m interning with a different hospital in the summer. I like working with athletes, so maybe somewhere there.

— Compiled by Walt Moody

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