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Gearing Up With Megan Burker
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/05/2005

May 5, 2005

You guys had a big win on the road last weekend against Ohio State. How has the team progressed throughout the season to this point?
We had a young team coming into the season with eleven newcomers, but I wouldn't call our team "young" anymore. We've learned over the course of the season to play with poise, determination and toughness that is a signature mark of older players. Everyone is contributing all over the field, and everyone has found a way to step up and lead from their position at some point over the past few weeks.

What does the win at Ohio State mean going into the MPSF tournament this weekend?
It's a great win that has definitely inspired us already this week. I think it will be huge in giving us confidence for the weekend and momentum to finish our season with a lot of energy.

How does Stanford Lacrosse stack up in the MPSF conference?
We enter the tournament as the #1 seed, and I definitely have no doubt that we are the strongest team in the field. Our games against league opponents and especially our rivalry with Cal have always been hard fought, but I think the momentum and confidence we have gained over the past few weeks will be hard to contend for our competition.

You guys have a chance to get a bid to the NCAA tournament. How has this team proved it deserves a bid?
Yes the NCAA tournament is looming, however to be most successful this weekend, we really need to "win the one we're in" and take one game at a time. With that said, I think that the reliability our team has shown toward the end of the season proves that we could be a strong tournament contender.

What would an NCAA bid mean to Stanford Lacrosse?
It would mean more than I can even say. All I know is that hearing "Stanford University" go up on the grid on Selection Sunday will be one of the best moments of my life.

How has lacrosse changed on the west coast and at Stanford in your three years here?
Over my three years a lacrosse store has popped up on El Camino, California has sanctioned the high school leagues, more and more fans have shown up at Maloney on Friday nights or Sunday afternoons for games. The growth is amazing and undeniable. I can't wait [for Stanford] to host a NCAA Final Four one day and know that I was once a part of that growth.

What is the most important lesson you've learned during your time with Stanford Lacrosse?
Always have FUN! You win games and lose games, but as long as you love what you're doing each and every day, playing lacrosse can be more rewarding than you'd ever imagine.

What has it been like being a junior captain along with seniors Kelsey Twist and Nina Pantano?
Having Nina and Kelsey by my side has been unforgettable. They have approached this season with such heart and devotion that was easy to see come through for us on the field. They have been great senior leaders and great examples for us juniors to make the most of our final year at Stanford.

What has been your favorite moment during the season this year?
Playing in front of a "home" crowd in Baltimore where I'm from originally. It was the first time I had been back to Baltimore to play since coming to California to go to school, and the entire weekend was unbelievable.

Stanford returns all but two players next year. How will the team's youth and experience benefit Stanford Lacrosse in the future?
It's always great to have a lot of returning experience, because strategically and skill-wise, the team can progress more quickly. But I think the key to being successful next year is staying fresh. It will be fun and exciting to reinvent ourselves on the field and welcome a new class of freshmen to a team that knows how to win.


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