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Catching Up With Nina Pantano
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/14/2005

April 14, 2005

As a team and personally, what do you hope to accomplish in your last season of lacrosse?
As a team, our goal is to make it to the NCAA tournament. That is definitely something I have been striving to do since I came to Stanford. Personally, I just want to play my hardest every day and leave it all on the field. I want to be able to look back on the season and know that I gave it all I had.

What has been your favorite lacrosse memory during your time at Stanford?
I would say the most exciting game we played was my sophomore year against Notre Dame when we won in double overtime. It was a very exciting game with a bunch of last second goals. Furthermore, we had just beaten Northwestern, so it was a really great trip overall.

How has the team been improving in the second half of the season?
The team has done a great job of implementing what we focus on in practice each week into the games. We have improved our transition out of the defensive end a great deal, as well as moving the ball out of double teams to find the open girl.

You guys had a good road win last weekend against Notre Dame. Describe the win.
The Notre Dame game was an all-out 60-minute battle. No team wanted to let up. We had some key defensive stops that I think made the difference, in addition to Laura Shane's great play in the cage. The game was very exciting and fast paced, and I'm so proud of everyone for finishing strong in the final minutes when the game was on the line.

What was your favorite moment during last weekend's road trip?
I would have to say celebrating the winning goal in the last few seconds of the Notre Dame game was my favorite moment. Everyone was so pumped! When ND called their timeout, the energy in our huddle was amazing.

How does the win against Notre Dame help the team heading into the last two home games?
Everyone wants to feel that excitement again. It gave us a surge of energy to work hard this week in practice, so that we can win more games. Win...excitement...work hard...win...excitement...see the pattern here?

What will the team need to do in order to beat Yale and Denver this weekend?
We need to handle the ball well and not give up uncaused turnovers. Our offense needs to have a strong attacking mentality and go hard to the cage. Our defense needs to continue to play together as a unit and crash on the ball in the 8 meter.

What are your feelings as you approach your last two home games as a Stanford lacrosse player?
I'm pretty sad that these are my last two home games. Our season is not over yet, but it is definitely a reality check that my time here is almost done. I really want to win these games and make great final memories of my time playing on Maloney Field.

What does this team need to do in order to excel in the post-season?
We need to play our best game. We know what we need to do, but it's just a matter of putting it all together on game day. We have to take care of the little things, but it's also about our hustle and our heart. We're going to need fire in our eyes.

Your parents have attended every game this year, both home and away. What has their support meant to you?
My parents are absolutely amazing...total superfans. I have developed an incredible appreciation for all that they do for me. Their support has had a huge impact on me believing in myself. They have also contributed an enormous amount of themselves to our lacrosse program and play a huge part in making it feel like family.


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