Name: Emily Duarte
School: Rye Country Day
Athletic accomplishment: Duarte was selected for Team USA’s Futures Elite Academy program. Duarte has been the Wildcats’ top goal scorer in each of the past three seasons, with Rye Country Day winning a state title each of those years.
Academic accomplishment: Duarte carries a 4.0 grade-point average and scored a 2,270 on the SAT while taking nine Advanced Placement courses. The senior is orally committed to Harvard for field hockey next season.
Getting to know Emily Duarte
The Journal News: You almost quit field hockey in seventh grade to play tennis. Why?
Emily Duarte: I played tennis in the summer for a while, so I thought it may be something I wanted to do. It was not the sport for me.
TJN: What made you ditch tennis and stick with field hockey?
ED: My middle school (field hockey) coach Pam Farber saw me trying out for tennis and said, “You’re not a tennis player. You’re a field hockey player.” I guess she thought that I had the speed and stick skills.
TJN: What has been your most memorable moment on the field hockey pitch?
ED: Freshman year, the NYSAIS final went into overtime. We were winning, and then (our opponent) Nichols scored in the last five minutes. I scored the game-winning goal with about five minutes left in overtime. Those last five minutes were very tense. It was the best feeling ever when it ended.
TJN: Now you’re committed to Harvard. What made you pick them?
ED: I visited twice — once for a clinic and one unofficial. In terms of the school, the location is beautiful. I liked the classes that I sat in on, the coaches are very knowledgeable, and there’s a lot of team chemistry, which is something I was looking for.
TJN: Do you know what you’re going to major in?
ED: No idea. It’s sort of exciting; I’m going to figure out what I want to do. It’s nice to be able to say, “I don’t know yet.” A lot of the (Harvard field hockey) girls said they took a bunch of classes before they made a decision.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.
— Mike Zacchio