April 9, 2010
Junior goalie Annie Read hails from Connecticut and has been a starter on the team for two years. Read is Stanford's only goalie for the second season in a row. She is an Urban Studies major.
1. Connecticut is a long way from California. What inspired you to choose Stanford and leave the East coast?
I never thought I would leave the East Coast, but the second I stepped onto Stanford's campus I knew it was the right place for me. The combination of athletics, academics, and the people are unlike any other place in the world. I knew I wanted to be a part of Stanford's atmosphere and be immersed in the school's culture.
2. Is it tough being the only goalie on the lacrosse team?
It definitely took some getting use to, but I was able adjust to it over time. Much of the position is mental. Once I was able to learn a few mental techniques and gain more game experience, my job became a lot easier.
3. Do you have any pre-game rituals or routines?
I put new tape on my stick before games and listen to music on my ipod.
4. What is the hardest shot for a lacrosse goalie to save?
That's a tough question. I don't think there is one type of shot that is harder than another. I think defensive situations influence the difficulty of the shot. Obviously, it is a lot easier for a goalie to make a save with a defender in between him/her than having no one there but the shooter.
5. Do you have any personal or team goals for the season?
Personally, my goal is to support my teammates and do what I can to help our team succeed and win. Whether that means communicating during a drill or helping someone with shooting, I strive to be able use my skills to help benefit those around me. For my team, my goal is that we dominate our conference championship and prove that our program deserves to be placed among one of the best in the nation.
6. What is the best piece of advice that anyone has ever given to you?
In high school, my coach made our team motto "keep on, keeping on". That phrase has really stuck with me since.