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Meet the Chants: 2013 Lacrosse

Come watch the Chants play their inaugural game against Cincinnati today at 3 p.m. at Brooks Stadium

       

Freshman defender Rachel Waldron

Freshman defender Rachel Waldron

Feb. 15, 2013

CONWAY - Come watch the Chants play their inaugural game against Cincinnati today at 3 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. Today's student-athletes to be profiled are Rachel Waldron and Trista Kuehn.

#31 Rachel Waldron

What is your personal goal for the inaugural season? My goal is to bring my best to every game. 

What got you started in lacrosse? A family friend was a lacrosse coach and she convinced me to play and I have loved it ever since. 

What is your major, and what are your plans after college? My major is business management and I have no plans yet. 

Where is your hometown? Vienna, Va. 

What’s your position responsible for on the field? As a defender my position is responsible for stopping the other team from shooting on our goal. 

How do you help the team stay focused during the season? I use my hard work to keep to team focused. 

Who is your role model? My role models are my parents because they are some of the hardest working people I have ever met and they inspire me every day. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? When people crew with their mouth full. 

What is your favorite pre-game meal? Pasta and bread sticks.

 Do you have any superstitions? No. 

What is your favorite moment in your lacrosse career? Wining our first regional game in my high school’s women’s lacrosse history. 

What’s your guilty pleasure music-wise? I love boy bands like One Direction. 

If you could be an animal what would you be? I would be a bird because I would love to fly. 

Why did you choose the number you wear? I was born on August 31, so 31 has always been my number. 

Why did you choose Coastal? Because of the beach and the opportunity to build a new lacrosse program. 

#33 Trista Kuehn

What is your personal goal for the inaugural season? My personal goal for the inaugural season is to shock people. I don’t want to be a “typical” start up program. I want to be the program that everyone looks at and says “Yeah, they started things right. They were a force from the beginning.” I think we have a team that is capable of accomplishing that. 

What got you started in lacrosse? I played just about every sport growing up and I liked them all but I wasn’t really passionate about any of them. In the third grade, my parents came home and told me I had to go to my lacrosse team meeting. I didn’t even know what lacrosse was at the time, but I knew it was for me after that first meeting. 

What is your major, and what are your plans after college? I am double majoring in sociology and psychology. After college I plan on joining the Peace Corps and serve in youth and community development. After the Peace Corps, I hope to start a career as a child welfare worker. 

Where is your hometown? Mason, Ohio. 

What’s your position responsible for on the field? Goalie is responsible for directing the defense and protecting the cage. 

How do you help the team stay focused during the season? I will help the team stay focused by going as hard as I can in every drill, all the time. In a competitive environment, it’s impossible to see someone pushing themselves and not have the desire to push yourself just as hard, if not harder. As an athlete, you make your team better when you push yourself and them to be their best, and that’s what I plan on doing.

Who is your role model? My dad is my role model. He has always showed me how to do the right thing, even when it’s not always the easy thing. He has not only taught me to be a good person, but he has showed me how to do that too. He has always encouraged me in everything I do and helped me push through when things got hard. I owe everything I am to him. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? Rudeness is by far my biggest pet-peeve. Nothing is more annoying to me than denying people respect. 

What is your favorite pre-game meal? I’ve had a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerio’s before every game since my freshman year in high school. 

Do you have any superstitions? I have to have “fearless” written in sharpie on my left wrist before every game and I always listen to the same pregame playlist on my iPod before I warm up. 

What is your favorite moment in your lacrosse career? My junior year we were playing our biggest rivals, the game was tied with 12 seconds left on the clock, and they had a free position shot on me from the second hash on the right. I stopped the shot with the inside of my foot and brought the game into overtime. We won and became the only team in Cincinnati to ever beat that team. 

What’s your guilty pleasure music-wise? I love all music for the most part, but I can definitely rock out to Sixpence None the Richer. 

If you could be an animal what would you be? I’d easily be a dog. Who doesn’t love puppies?  

Why did you choose the number you wear? It was the number that was handed to me when I made the high school team, and since then, it has become my identity. I wouldn’t trade #33 for the world. 

Why did you choose Coastal? The first time I saw Coastal was when I came for a lacrosse camp and the second I stepped foot on campus I knew it was special. I fell in love with the school and the campus, but more than that, I saw what Coach Jaime and Christie wanted from a program. I saw everything they put into the camp and it was obvious to me that they have a passion for the game and for all of the players. I came to Coastal because I love lacrosse and I wanted to be part of something special, and I knew the Coaches would lead us there.