Faceoff: Q&A with John Hopkins women's attacker Colleen McCaffrey

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March 31, 2011|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

Each week The Baltimore Sun will publish a Q&A with a college lacrosse player or coach to get you more acquainted with his/her team. Today's guest is Johns Hopkins' junior women's attacker Colleen McCaffrey, whose team broke into the Top 20 after upsetting Penn last week.

Coming from New York, what attracted you to Johns Hopkins?

I was looking at a lot of different schools, and what really attracted me was coach (Janine) Tucker, her personality and her philosophy on the team and everything that went along with being part of the team at Hopkins. When it came down to it, the other schools that I was looking at, this one was much academically higher, so it was primarily those two things.

What did upsetting Penn, which was ranked No.4, mean for your team?

We thought of it as a turning point in our season. We had a huge gut check with Harvard (12-8 loss), and looking at Penn, we knew needed to do our homework and really understand how they would play in order to beat them. To get that win gave us the confidence that we are a good team and we can beat these higher ranked teams. We just needed to get that one to really turn the corner.

You followed the Penn win with a close win (11-10) over George Washington, so how difficult is it to sustain that momentum against a tough DivisionI schedule?

We get up for the big games, but for a team like GW — we knew we should have killed them — we sort of came out slow. We still came out with a win, but it was a very sloppy game and we would have like a better game and a different score, but a win is a win and we're taking it as that. We definitely learned we need to come out strong with every opponent.

At 5 feet 11, how does being so tall help you gain an advantage on attack?

Coach Tucker calls me and Candace Rossi (5-10) trees. We're bigger targets, and sometimes that's a problem with our team, because we tend to just throw it in there and expect us to catch it. Most of the time if you see our stick, we're just that couple inches taller than our defender, so we do have a little bit of an advantage.

How have the experiences of playing on the U.S. Developmental Team and on the world championship Under-19 team helped you as a college player?

For U-19 … that's actually where I learned to play lacrosse, just the basics of motion offense and the higher-end concepts of the game. Of course playing with those high-level girls basically got me ready for the college level, especially the coaches. They taught me things that I had no idea about, a lot that was good to know entering the college level of lacrosse.


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