Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clarke
School: Mamaroneck High School
Sport: Field hockey
Athletic accomplishments: Clarke led the Tigers with 34 goals and 28 assists for a total of 62 points. Her 123 career points ranks Clarke second in Mamaroneck history. She was the captain of the 2015 state champion field hockey team. Clarke’s been selected All-State, All-Section, All-Elite and All-League by the Westchester Field Hockey Coaches Association. She was selected to play in the 2015 National Futures Championships. Clarke’s a two-year starter on the lacrosse team.
Academic accomplishments: Clarke has a 90.33 GPA. She’s undecided about where she will be attending college. On the SATs, she scored a 620 in critical reading, 600 on math and 670 on writing. She’s taking four AP classes, college-level French and advanced dance. At school, Clarke organizes the Making Strides walk for Breast Cancer. She’s a Midnight Run volunteer. She’s a coach for Backyard Sports, teaching special needs elementary students about participating in sports. Clarke’s the feature editor for the high school newspaper, The Globe. She’s a member of PACE, a performing arts elective in school. She’s a senior board member of Students for Senegal. Clarke’s a Caprice Advisor, helping the freshmen adapt to high school life.
Getting to know Elizabeth Clarke
The Journal News: When you heard the diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes, what was going through your head?
Elizabeth Clarke: I couldn’t think straight for the first couple of days but once I got settled into the lifestyle (of having to rely on a pump) everything went back to normal … well not completely normal. I was able to put it aside and still do everything I wanted to do.
TJN: How did you overcome the mental hurdle of the diagnosis?
EC: I definitely pulled that strength from my teammates, who are like my best friends and my family. My brother and sister are both athletes and mentally tough. They’re always telling me to not worry about it and it’s going to be fine, just keep playing, and I think it’s where I got my strength from.
TJN: Can you put into words what this season’s been like and has it settled in that you guys won the state title again?
EC: It’s settled in but I still can’t believe how it happened. It was really exciting. This season’s been really special because coming into the year, no one was really expecting anything from us after being so strong last year. This team worked really hard. Our coach (John Savage) said we were one of the hardest-working teams he’s ever coached. To be able to come off with a big win like that was really satisfying.
TJN: What did it mean to you to be the captain of this team?
EC: I was really honored to be the captain. This team’s really special. They’re really great girls. They work really hard. It was really fun to be their captain and have them look up to me just because I’ve been there and have the experience. Especially when we were at states with the younger girls. That was so much fun to see them go through it for the first time.
TJN: Being a member of PACE and taking advanced dance, do you like having dance as your outlet to relieve stress?
EC: Having the class in my schedule is a nice break from everything. When I come off of a hard practice and go to a rehearsal and have such a different focus is nice to kind of take my mind of how stressing field hockey and school are.
TJN: How much do you enjoy your work with the Backyard Sports?
EC: It’s really rewarding to see the kids who don’t usually get an opportunity to learn sports to be able to play and have an outlet too for all their energy, excitement, and it really shows through when they play. So it’s one of the best things I got involved with in high school.
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.