In this special edition of the Full Court Press, the Back Page talks to the Harvard women's lacrosse team, which earned its first victory over Princeton since 1992 in April. Now in the midst of offseason training, the Crimson is working to ensure that its play in the upcoming season is reminiscent of a man-eating alligator. But the laxers took some time to reflect on their love of lattes and their fear of mice. Every week, The Full-Court Press will give you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.
Stats: The women's lacrosse team ended its 2010 campaign on a winning streak, taking four of its last five games to finish the season with an 8-7 overall mark and a 3-4 showing in conference play. Harvard will open its 2011 season in Palo Alto, Calif., where it will take on Stanford on February 26.
1.Typical pre-game meal.
Latte and a peanut butter sandwich.
2. List four songs your team listens to before games to get pumped up.
"Midd Kid," "Bedrock," "Swing" by Savage, and "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan.
3. Favorite team to play against and why?
This is what we hope we will do to ALL teams this year.
4. Most ridiculous thing that has taken place in your team's locker room.
The mouse we tried to capture which then escaped only to reappear in someone's locker. As for pranks—hiding in a laundry bin or behind snow banks just to scare upperclassmen strolling in. Also buying a fake mouse to relive the above story.
5. Most embarrassing moment on the field.
We fall sometimes...actually quite a bit.
6. Animal that best represents your team's style of play and why.
Cheetah—not quite king of the jungle, but fast, scrappy, hardworking, and pretty.
7. Most ridiculous thing you have heard a fan yell at a game you were playing in.
Unfortunately, we don't get too many fans yelling ridiculous things.
8. If you could play for another sports team at Harvard, which would it be and why?
Squash—it's the most cut throat sport when you think about the attitude to area ratio. Plus, being part of a tradition of champions would be fun.
9. Position you would play in Quidditch.
Beater, it is the most aggressive form of defense ever.
10. If your team could go on a date with any professional athlete, who would it be and where would you take him/her?
We'd take whoever is up to the challenge, and we'd go paintballing.