[Editor’s Note: From time to time we will feature a short Q&A with an IWLCA member coach. The format will be one question about lacrosse, one question about life, and one fun question.]
1 – As a former goalkeeper, what would you say is the most important characteristic you want the defenders playing in front of you to have?
From a goalie’s perspective, I think the most important thing defenders can do is to never give up on the play. Everyone gets beat sometimes in a 1v1 situation, but the best defenders fight their way back, disrupt the shot, and sometimes even come up with the caused turnover. The best defenders don’t let mistakes keep them from making the next play.
2 – When one of your players has a moment of self-doubt, what do you do to help them find their confidence?
When players have moments of self-doubt, I think it’s really important to revisit the skills you feel really confident in and the parts of your game that you can control. You can always control how hard you work, and I’ve found that players who really focus on making their teammates look good at practice, often find themselves coming out of their slump pretty quickly!
3 – Describe the best place you ever visited:
Hmmm… I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some pretty cool places in the last several years. And to be honest, I feel like I’m on vacation when I get to spend time in Ithaca, especially in the summer. You can’t beat an afternoon on the lake! As far as traveling goes, if you’re a city person, Munich was one of the coolest cities I’ve ever been to. It has lots of parks and places to hang out, and a ton a history to explore. If you like to be outside, I think Khao Sok national park in Thailand was one of my favorites. There’s a trail through the park (that sometimes is not so easy to follow) that takes you past several waterfalls on the river. The very last one on the trail is a waterfall into one of the best swimming spots I’ve ever been to. It was everything you think of when you picture swimming at the bottom of a waterfall in Thailand!