Feb. 14, 2013
CONWAY - As we count down to the inaugural game, each day GoCCUSports.com will profile the lighter side of Coastal Lacrosse. Today's student-athletes to be profiled are Morgan Gott and Kirsten Haines.
#25 Morgan Gott
What is your personal goal for the inaugural season? My personal goal for the inaugural season is to be a starting midfielder for the team, and contribute on defense and on offense.
What got you started in lacrosse? I started playing lacrosse my freshman year of high school. All my friends wanted me to play so I tried it out and loved it. From there my coach got me into club lacrosse.
What is your major, and what are your plans after college? My major is elementary education, and my plan after college is to find a teaching job wherever I decide to live, either in S.C. or in Mass.
Where is your hometown? My hometown is in Georgetown, Mass.
What’s your position responsible for on the field? A midfielder is responsible for the transition of the ball up the field. A midfielder plays both offense and defense.
How do you help the team stay focused during the season? I help the team stay focused during the season by staying positive and reminding my team about the amazing opportunity we have. Being conference champions our first year would be something not many people can say they have done.
Who is your role model? My role model is Shannon Hartford. She went to my high school and was the best lacrosse player to attend my school. She was the best in the league as well. She went to a new program and helped start it and became the best player on their team. I want to be just like her, and I have the same opportunity she did so I know it could happen if I made it happen.
What is your biggest pet peeve? My biggest pet peeve is when people cheat themselves in running, or in anything. If you are not going to push yourself to get better than just go home. It makes me so frustrated especially when I am going at 110 percent and some girl who cut corners or doesn’t come close to the line beats me when I tried my hardest.
What is your favorite pre-game meal? My favorite pre-game meal is pasta and sauce.
Do you have any superstitions? I have to wear two pairs of socks on game days or I will be off all game.
What is your favorite moment in your lacrosse career? My favorite moment in lacrosse was when I got two goals back to back in less than of a minute. I won the ball off the circle and went and scored. Both goals were the exact same way and after my second goal we tied the game. The game decided whether or not our season was going to be over or if we were to move on to the tournament.
What’s your guilty pleasure music-wise? Country music.
If you could be an animal what would you be? If I could be any animal I would be a lion because they are one of the most powerful animals.
Why did you choose the number you wear? I chose the number 25 because number 13 was taken, but 25 was always one of my cousin’s basketball numbers and I have always looked up to her. When I cannot be number 13, I am number 25.
Why did you choose Coastal? I chose Coastal because I got recruited. Once I found out that I could be a part of a brand new program I knew Coastal was where I wanted to go. Being part of a new team is not something everyone gets a chance to do. You get to be a part of history at the school. Plus the ocean was right next to it and I always wanted to go to school in the Carolinas.
#28 Kirsten Haines
What is your personal goal for the inaugural season? To spread awareness of lacrosse in the southern region, win Big South Conference and NCAA championships , and prove that the underdogs always prevail.
What got you started in lacrosse? I grew up watching my cousins and brother play lacrosse and always wanted to join in.
What is your major, and what are your plans after college? My major is special education. After college I plan on attending graduate school to become an educator of middle school students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, and eventually travel the world.
Where is your hometown? Media, Pa. in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
What’s your position responsible for on the field? Defending our goal, and getting the ball back in our possession.
How do you help the team stay focused during the season? Keeping everyone happy and positive.
Who is your role model? Every person that I have met has influenced me.
What is your biggest pet peeve? Rude people.
What is your favorite pre-game meal? Breakfast with fruit and carbs, and a power bar or Clementine right before the game.
Do you have any superstitions? I have to pick up heads-up pennies for good luck, but if I find one heads-down, I have to flip it heads-up for the next person.
What is your favorite moment in your lacrosse career? Having the opportunity to play at the collegiate level, at the school I love, on the first team in the university’s history.
What’s your guilty pleasure music-wise? Christmas jams and golden oldies.
If you could be an animal what would you be? A turtle so that I could swim in the ocean or lay in the sand whenever my little heart desired.
Why did you choose the number you wear? 28 was my high school number.
Why did you choose Coastal? I wanted to experience a different atmosphere, way of life, and meet new people. The beach and warm weather definitely helped also!