My colleague Mike Zacchio did a really nice feature on the this week’s Con-Ed winners Emma and Tara Schurr.
Sisters Emma and Tara Schurr have never been separated for very long, in anything. They were born two minutes apart, they played the same three sports growing up, and now they’ll be attending the same college, in the same building of study and playing the same sport.
The senior twins, this week’s Con Edison Scholar-Athletes of the Week, said they both planned to play lacrosse in college together, but understood the possibility that it may not happen.
“We wouldn’t hold each other back,” said Tara Schurr, the younger and “goofier” of the two. “It just worked out that the same schools recruited us and we liked the same school. We play best when we’re with each other.”
Northwestern, UPenn and Syracuse wanted the duo, but it was ultimately Boston College who won the recruiting process. Both girls, who will play on full-athletic scholarships, will study at the Carroll School of Management.
“I kind of knew that if I liked one (school), she’d like it just as much,” said Emma, the more organized of the two. “Our parents are probably happy — it makes life easier for them. I don’t think they could picture us going to separate schools.”
The two said they don’t fight much, but if fans saw them during a game, they might think differently. Whether on the field hockey pitch, basketball court, or lacrosse field, the Schurr sisters don’t shy away from letting the other one know when she’s slacking.
“We don’t argue in sports, but we definitely hold each other accountable,” Emma Schurr said. “We do it to make each other better. We can take it from each other.” Emma added that she has been “lucky” to be a twin.
“(Tara is) my best friend. A lot of people don’t get to be with their best friend all the time,” she said.
Their athletic and academic achievements are almost as identical as their genetic makeup. Both were three-time all-league selections in field hockey, both were selected to the Hudson Valley national lacrosse team last year and both will likely surpass 200 points for their lacrosse careers. They are also in the top-10 percent of their class, with Emma carrying a 96.39 average and Tara “lagging behind” at 95.36.
The two said they have an idea of what they want to do career-wise, but still aren’t certain. “We joke that, since I’m thinking of becoming a dentist, she’ll run the business,” Tara Shurr said. “(Those plans) will probably change in five days.”
The Schurr sisters are the first pair of twins to win the Con Ed award since Keio tennis standouts Kaho and Shiho Sato in 2009-10.
Names: Emma and Tara Schurr
Years: Both are seniors
Sports: Girls lacrosse
Other sports: Both play field hockey, girls basketball
Emma’s likes: Competition, vacations, hanging out with friends and family
Tara’s likes: Swimming at the beach, pond hockey, Netflix (favorite show: ‘Breaking Bad’)
Emma’s dislikes: Broccoli, hearing people chew, bugs (spiders and bees)
Tara’s dislikes: Snakes, asparagus, writing essays
Future plans: Both will attend Boston College’s Carroll School of Management next year and play women’s lacrosse.
Mike also put together a quiz about the Schurrs. The answers are listed below.
ARE YOU ‘SCHURR’ ABOUT THAT?
Somers sisters Emma and Tara Schurr are this week’s Con Edison Scholar-Athletes of the Week. Test your knowledge on the twins with this fun quiz.
1. How far apart were the two born?
A. Two minutes
B. Four minutes
C. Six minutes
D. Eight minutes
2. Who is the punctual twin?
3. Who is the “goofier” twin?
4. Who is more organized of the two?
5. Where will the girls be attending next year?
C. Boston College
6. Hearing people chew is a pet peeve of…
7. Which sport do the twins NOT play?
A. Field hockey
8. Who said it? “I’m kind of lucky. She’s my best friend. A lot of people don’t get to be with their best friend all the time.”
9. Who watched the entire series of ‘Breaking Bad’ on Netflix?
10. Who does not like bugs (particularly spiders or bees)?
Answers: A, B, B, A, C, A, D, A, B, A