April 19, 2010
1. What is your favorite moment in a lacrosse game?
The opening draw is my favorite moment of the game. We put so much time, effort, and energy into practice each and every day so that when games finally come we are excited and ready. The first draw is my signal to give everything I have for the next 60 minutes.
2. What has been your most memorable moment with Stanford lacrosse?
My favorite moment with Stanford lacrosse was when we beat Penn last season. We had beaten them at Stanford the previous year and everyone said that it was a fluke and that Penn was simply having an “off day”. Last year we went to Penn and beat them again on their home field. To knock off the #2 team in the country two years in a row is not a fluke. I believe that after these consecutive wins people began to take us seriously and started to accept the idea that a West Coast team could be competitive in what has traditionally been viewed as an East Coast sport.
3. Many people on the West Coast have never seen a lacrosse game. Are there any other sports that are similar to lacrosse? In what ways?
Lacrosse has components similar to basketball, soccer, and even field hockey. The fundamental concept of all these sports is to get the ball into the goal more times then your opponents do. While soccer and field hockey keep the ball on the ground, we want to keep the ball in the air. Our goalie wears a lot of protective equipment just like a field hockey goalie. While our transition game is really important, we can also settle the ball down and run set plays like they do in basketball. Additionally we often use both man-to-man and zone defenses throughout each game.
4. Men's and women's lacrosse are noticeably different. What are a few major distinctions between the protective gear that each wear?
Athletes in both men’s and women’s lacrosse are required to wear mouth guards whenever they are playing. Women are required to wear protective eye goggles in addition to the mouth guard. Some women also choose to wear thin gloves. Men wear helmets, arm pads, shoulder pads, and gloves in addition to their mouth guard. They play a much more physical game and therefore require more protective equipment. The goalie equipment for men’s and women’s lacrosse is very similar. Both wear helmets, gloves, a neck guard, and a chest protector. Occasionally some goalies with also wear elbow pads, shin guards, or protective pants.
6. Seeing as you are Stanford's lead goal scorer, you've obviously adapted to wearing goggles over your glasses. Was it difficult to adjust to the protective eyewear?
I grew up playing lacrosse without goggles. They were mandated my freshman year of high school and people were quite upset with these rule changes, even though they were mandated in an effort to protect athletes. We simply had to adapt to the rules and get used to wearing the goggles. In the beginning it was difficult especially since there was not a large selection of protective eye wear on the market. However, over the years many improvements have been made which have allowed for better fitting goggles with very minimal visual distractions.
Finding the right pair of goggles has been somewhat more challenging for me since I wear glasses under my goggles. It took some time to figure out how to wear both, but now I am so used to it that I often don’t realize that I am wearing my glasses under the goggles.
7. Besides lacrosse, what else are you involved in?
In general, my classes keep me quite busy. I am majoring in Human Biology with a minor in Comparative Studies for Race and Ethnicity and am also working to fulfill my pre-medical requirements.
However, I am very involved with Cardinal Council, which is the student representative body of the Athletic Department. I serve as the Community Service Chair and help to organize various service events throughout the year, such as Big Drive and Youth Olympics. I also volunteer weekly in the Pediatric Emergency Room as a member of the Family Resource Desk. We work to provide families with information about community resources available to them and help to connect them to other organizations in the area.