With senior athletes seeing the final months of their high school careers affected both on and off the fields and away from the gyms, The Ruden Report is running a series, Senior Moments, to put the spotlight on some of the best of the Class of 2020.
Next up is Greenwich soccer and lacrosse goaltender Paddy Colligan.
TRR: What have you been doing for this past month during the quarantine?
PC: There’s been a fair amount of homework. This distance learning is definitely interesting. A lot of the teachers and faculty are trying to make it as smooth as possible because I’m sure they don’t enjoy it. So plenty of homework to keep me busy for a couple of hours. Our lacrosse coach has sent us a couple of workout packets. We’re all optimistic even though it’s not looking great as days go by and we’re getting almost halfway past our season. We’ll see what happens. Workouts, school work and a lot of walks.
TRR: What kind of workouts can you do on your own?
PC: A lot of running. Our coach sends us a lot of packets, which is nice. Running on the road, remaining far enough away from people. And what he calls bodyweight workouts. So no lifting, since not everyone has access to that, but lunges, sit-ups, pushups and things like that where you use your own bodyweight to try and gain as much muscle as possible.
TRR: How frustrating is the prospect of not having a season?
PC: It’s extremely frustrating. It definitely keeps me up at night, it keeps me wondering. Every year you hear a group of captains or a group of kids say they really feel this is our year, we have a good group of kids. I’m definitely going along with that cliche. We struggled in the previous year, through leadership and bad games but this year I felt we had a good young team that wanted to win and get experience and we had a good group of seniors. It’s frustrating when we felt all the puzzle pieces fell perfectly into place. Of all the things that could possibly cancel a season we definitely did not expect this.
TRR: Playing goalie in soccer and lacrosse, does one help the other?
PC: They mostly do. Lacrosse definitely helps. Much faster shots so the reaction is always there. I’m able to quick twitch muscles and that obviously transfers into soccer with deflections and whatever it may be that keeps me on my toes. For lacrosse, when I was transitioning from soccer to lacrosse, I definitely found myself coming out of the goal way too much, getting my angles all wrong in the beginning because I’m used to a giant goal and I have to make myself look as big as possible where you have lacrosse where you’re standing there and look big. It definitely took a little transitioning but for the most part they are very helpful for each other.
TRR: What is your favorite movie or TV shows during the last month?
PC: I’m going with the classic, The Office. I’m a huge fan of The Office. And then this Tiger King on Netflix I’ve been interested in watching.
TRR: If you had your choice of one game, prom or graduation which would it be?
PC: Oh, boy. You know I want to say one game, regardless if it’s just one game. Against any opponent, to get out there and represent my school against another team. Being a senior and leading the kids and showing them the proper example would be wonderful, but I am very nervous about graduation. Obviously that’s at the end of the year so we have a little bit more time but in the moment right now I would prefer a game I think.