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Girls Lacrosse: Bocklet Leads Indians

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by Bedford-Katonah Patch

John Jay’s Casey Bocklet, who was named All-American last season and very well could earn that honor again this spring, has been so impressive on the lacrosse field during her high school career, she will join five-time Division I national women's lacrosse champions Northwestern University when she attends college next year.

Bocklet, though, said that she couldn’t have earned lofty honors like being named All-American if it wasn’t for the help of her teammates.

“My teammates have definitely pushed me to be the best that I can be,” Bocklet said. “I couldn’t do it without them.”

Bocklet said that she decided midway through her junior year that she wanted to play for the Northwestern University Wildcats in college.

“I love the school, I love the coaches, I love how hard the team works and the academics are incredible,” Bocklet said. “I just loved it.”

Bocklet believes playing for Northwestern can make her game even better.

“I just want to work hard and play the best I can play and be able to push others as well as have them push me,” she said. “I am pretty excited about going there.”

Bocklet also says that her older brothers, former John Jay stars Matt, Chris and Mike Bocklet, had a huge influence on her when it came to the game of lacrosse.

Matt now plays for the Denver Outlaws in Major League Lacrosse, Chris is the leading goal scorer as a junior for the University of Virginia, while Mike is an assistant coach at SUNY-Cortland.

“Over the years, it’s been great,” Casey Bocklet said. “I have gone to so many of their games. Seeing how well they have done just made me want to do that much better myself. I am just so proud of them and all they have accomplished. They have always been so supportive of me.”

Teammates like senior attack wing Darragh Evarts, who is hoping to play at the college level at Roanoke, said playing with Bocklet has helped improve her game. 

“Playing with Casey is great because she is just an all-around great player,” Evarts said. “Of course she can score, but she can also make great passes. I am always getting assists from her. She works really hard off-ball, you can really depend on her.”

Besides her skills on the lacrosse field, Bocklet also has an abundance of leadership skills.

“She is our captain,” Evarts said. “She has been for two years. She is always there for you. If you are stuck in a double, she is always there behind you to pass out. As a person and teammate, she is extremely supportive.”

One shining example of Bocklet’s ability to mesh with her teammates came in a 16-8 triumph for John Jay (9-7) against host Mahopac on May 6, where she registered six goals and four assists.

“It was a team effort,” Bocklet said. “Our team played well together. They were able to feed me, I was able to feed them. It was just a well-rounded effort all over the field.”

Efforts like the one against Mahopac have the John Jay senior in prime position to being named All-American for a second year in a row. That isn't what's on her mind right now.

What’s first and foremost to the Northwestern-bound player is playing well in the Section 1 Class B tournament, which starts Thursday, May 19. The seedings will be determined on May 17.

“Right now I am really just working on keeping the team going and being successful in the postseason,” Bocklet said. “I am not worried about that [being All-American], I am just worried about what we are going to do as a team.”

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