Aug. 23, 2007
Washington, D.C. -
Georgetown field hockey co-captain Lauren Sheets (Lutherville, Md./Garrison Forest) is in the midst of preseason with GU's season opener just two days away at 11 a.m. this Saturday, August 25 in Harrisonburg, Va. against No. 11 James Madison (STX/NFHCA Division I National Poll). She took a few moments of her free time to catch up with the Hoya Headliner...
HH: How did you spend your summer break?
LS: I stayed in Georgetown and had an internship with the NFL Players Association in downtown D.C., which was an awesome experience. It was also great to be in Georgetown because I was able to work out and train with some of my teammates and with (Hoya strength & conditioning coaches) Mike (Hill) and Augie (Maurelli). I am coming off of ACL surgery, so being at school helped me better prepare for the season.
HH: What do your parents think of their daughter going on to play collegiate field hockey?
LS: They were extremely supportive and very excited that I had the opportunity to play at such a great school, because it was such a big goal of mine and so important to me for so long. They love coming to watch the games and have really enjoyed being a part of the Georgetown family. I think they have only missed maybe three games over my career at Georgetown, and this being my senior year they are making a huge effort to be at every one.
HH: What does your final collegiate year have in store for you?
LS: I am hoping for a trip to the BIG EAST Tournament at the end of the season. That is our team's season goal and we are working extremely hard with our new coaches to achieve it. I want to do anything and everything I can to help our team achieve this goal. We are taking each game one at a time, and we want to start by giving the Georgetown field hockey program their first BIG EAST Conference win.
HH: Who do you look to for advice when you need it?
LS: If it is sports-related I always go to my dad because he played professional baseball and has been through it all. He knows what it takes to be successful and how to maintain a balance. He has been there with me every step of the way and our personalities are very similar when it comes to competition, so he knows just what to say.
HH: Do you have any superstitions before games?
LS: I am extremely superstitious...I go through the same routine every game day starting with when I wake up in the morning. For example I have to set my alarm to ring on a three, I put my right shoe and shin guard on first and then my left, I wear my hair the same way with pre-wrap, and I listen to the same songs pre-game. My teammates make fun of me sometimes, but its just one of those things that helps me feel in control before a game.
HH: What song gets you pumped up before games?
LS: "Remember the Name" by Fort Minor
HH: If you could be on any reality show, which one would you choose? Why?
LS: Road Rules. I would love to be able to travel around with a group of new people, and it would be a great competitive release and it would be physical activities unlike anything I have ever done.
HH: What would you do if you won a million dollars?
LS: I am planning on attending law school after I graduate so I would definitely use it to pay for my education, and I want to stay in D.C. so I would love to invest in a house in the area. I would also donate a good portion to my church, and invest the rest for my future. I definitely would have to set aside some money to travel also because I would love to go spend some time in Spain and Italy, and indulge in some shopping over there.
HH: What do you like to do in the off-season?
LS: I love catching up with all of my friends who I don't see a lot during the season because of how much we travel and practice. I also enjoy just being a regular student and getting involved in activities and events outside of field hockey, and taking advantage of other opportunities available.
HH: What is the best/worst thing about living in D.C.?
LS: The best thing about living in D.C. is all of the different opportunities that are available for college students. As a government major, there are so many incredible job opportunities and experiences to take advantage of that other schools in different cities can't offer. The worst thing about living in D.C. is all of the traffic.
HH: What is your "breakfast of champions?"
LS: This question goes along with being superstitious. I always try and eat the same breakfast, eggs, a bagel and a Gatorade.
HH: If you could get front row tickets to any concert, now or in the past, which would it be?
LS: Rascal Flatts
HH: When did you first start playing field hockey?
LS: When I was six I got my first stick, but I started playing competitively when I was in sixth grade. My mom played field hockey in college and she is the one who really got me hooked on the sport. I loved going out in the backyard to play with her, and she was a forward in college so I developed my defensive instincts by playing against her all the time.
HH: When did you know that you wanted to play field hockey competitively in college?
LS: After my first full season in sixth grade I knew that I wanted to play Division I field hockey, and by the time I had finished middle school I already had a list of my "dream schools."
HH: Who is your biggest rival on the field?
LS: Rutgers University. We had a heartbreaking overtime loss against them last season and we can't wait to play them this year on Senior Day and hopefully get a little pay back!
HH: What was the best moment in your career so far?
LS: Winning a gold medal at the Junior Olympics my sophomore year of high school. Our team was made up of girls from all over the country, and we were undefeated during the week and a half event. They conducted the entire experience like the real Olympics, with Opening and Closing ceremonies etc. and there are about 20 different sporting events with thousands of kids from all over the country.
HH: Who on the team do you rely on the most?
LS: I would have to say Kristin Twomey and Deirdre McShea, the two other seniors on the team. We have been through so much together on and off the field, and have developed great relationships as teammates and friends. Not only do we play as a defensive unit together, but we have lived together for the past two years so we have grown to know each other extremely well so we help each other stay balanced and hold each other accountable.
HH: What do you have in your personal equipment bag?
LS: My iPod, shin guards, two sticks and two pairs of shoes.
HH: Who in your life inspires you the most?
LS: My grandfather. He is one of the most supportive and influential people in my life and he inspires me to do my best and to always work hard. We always set goals together at the beginning of the year both academically and athletically, and we have weekly check-ins and no matter how I am doing he is always so proud and supportive.
HH: What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
LS: I love going to other Georgetown games and competitions. It is so much fun going out to support my friends and the other athletes and being in that spirited "Georgetown" environment.
HH: What one word people use to describe you?
HH: Favorite Georgetown restaurant?
LS: Mie N Yu
HH: What is your dream job?
LS: Working in the Legal Department of the State's Department
HH: Favorite TV show?
LS: Grey's Anatomy and Friends
HH: Favorite movie?
LS: Good Will Hunting, Dirty Dancing
HH: Least favorite movie?
LS: My Best Friend's Wedding
HH: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
LS: Living in D.C. working in a law firm.