When Kevin Interlicchio stepped onto the lacrosse field for his first varsity game back in the spring of 2007, Yorktown head coach Dave Marr knew that he had a special talent on his team.
Interlicchio scored four goals and added three assists against Shenendehowa High School in his varsity debut, and made a lasting impression.
"When a freshman does that in his first game, it's special," Marr said. "That doesn't happen too often ... that's why I can remember that game so well."
It was only the beginning of what would become a very successful lacrosse career for Interlicchio.
Through May 6, the senior captain was just 11 goals shy of breaking the Yorktown school record for career goals, a record held by Paul Carcaterra, who graduated in 1993 with 178.
"To be in that position, it's a special honor," said Interlicchio, this week's Con Ed Athlete of the Week award winner. "Yorktown has had so many great players and it's one of the best programs in the county, so to be on top of all of those great names, it would be something great. I'm very proud of myself."
The pressure of breaking such a record doesn't affect Interlicchio because he is concentrating on the season at hand.
"It's not something I'm looking at now," Interlicchio said. "It's more of something after the season is over to look back on. Right now I'm focused on other things. My main goal this season is to win the section title."
Interlicchio had 31 goals and eight assists through May 6, including two four-goal games, against Lakeland and Ridgefield, this past week.
Over the last three years, his game has developed from him being a scoring threat using his speed and quickness, to using more of his body and balancing out his strength and speed.
"This year he became more of a finisher and not just a dodger," Marr said. "He found his ropes as he has gotten older. He has a nice athletic build and he can control his body and stay balanced using his big body to gain an advantage against the kids that's he's playing."
Interlicchio attributes his successful career to his teammates and coaches. He was all-section three times and garnered all-America and tri-state honors in 2009.
"It's a real privilege to play with a bunch of all-Americans and my friends," he said. "The coaches have been great."
As Interlicchio continues to develop his game and improve, he will look to carry over his high school success into college.
He will be attending John Hopkins University in the fall, where he will play for the Blue Jays' Division I lacrosse team.
"It's a great academic school, which was something I was looking for," Interlicchio said. "It also has a strong Yorktown connection. The city of Baltimore is a great place and it reminds me of Yorktown — everyone respects each other there."