March 31, 2005
The championship portion of the season is approaching: how has the year gone so far for you and the team?
Our team has shown a lot of maturity in certain games. I'm looking forward to playing Cal this weekend. Because we're a young team, we're doing a lot of learning and improving throughout the season. Our focus is to beat the Stanford team that played the last game.
The team lost two games in Nashville last weekend, how will you use that to refocus on the remainder of the season?
Our loss against Vanderbilt taught us how important possession is and how important it is to make smart decisions. It was such a close game that a few possessions made a big difference. The defense is beginning to realize that they're the people on the team that can regain momentum in the game. The attackers are the players who maintain that momentum and control the pace of the game.
How does this year's team compare to previous Stanford Lacrosse teams? What do you like most about this year's team?
This is the youngest team we've ever had and the closest team I've ever been on, both on and off the field. The success of our team relies on younger players not waiting to make an impact and older players leading by example with the experience gained from previous seasons. We have such a diverse group of personalities. Whenever we're together it's always fun and interesting, there's never a dull moment. Every practice is a new adventure.
Describe your favorite Stanford Lacrosse memory.
The fall tournament at Duke. It's the first time our team travels together at the beginning of the year and really gets to bond. It's the first time we get to compete and personalities on the field begin to shine through in a game situation. And of course we all enjoy the 20-yard tailgate party that our parents put together at the end of the tournament.
What are your goals for the rest of your senior season?
Our #1 goal as a team is to get a bid to the NCAA tournament, which means we have to win some big games coming up. I hope to be a leader at both ends of the field as much as I can. I want to do everything I can to get our team in a position to get to the tournament.
What is the team's attitude heading into a huge game Friday against Cal?
Everyone is very excited. We expect it to be an intense game. It's a Friday night game with a big crowd. Everyone returning from last year's team remembers our loss to Cal in the MPSF championship game. So we want to come out sharp from the first whistle and control the momentum of the game.
What would a win over Cal mean for this team and for the seniors?
It's always nice to beat Cal, but we also need a win at this point in the season to gain momentum. For the seniors, it's especially important to win against your rival because it's a matter of pride every Stanford team feels. A win is especially important pertaining to the loss against Cal last year in the championship. It's still a very vivid memory. We still remember what the game was like and how it felt afterward. We're going to do everything in our power to get the job done Friday night.
What does this team need to do to excel in the championship portion of the season?
We need to execute both offensively and defensively with consistency. We need to play well for the full 60 minutes of lacrosse, not just for a half or most of the game. This team works so hard and enjoys each other's company so much that I hope we can finish the season strong and give Stanford Lacrosse its first trip to the tournament.