Q & A with Lacrosse Captain Brooke Blue
Jan. 30, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -
Brooke Blue is a graduate student from Bethesda, Md., who now serves as one of three captains of the lacrosse team for the second consecutive season. The Stone Ridge product is enrolled in the Woods School of Advancing Studies pursuing a Masters in Administrative Studies. Blue took some time out of her schedule to sit down with bceagles.com and answer a few questions about the upcoming season.
Q: What does it mean to you to be captain, now for the second season in a row?
Blue: Last year was my first year as team captain and it was a huge learning experience being thrown into that role as a senior. I’ve definitely taken my experiences from last year and used them to my advantage for this season. Now I know how to approach certain situations with my teammates and coaches and how to say certain things so they are not interpreted wrong. So far this year has been much better because I have more knowledge on how to be a better captain. Last year I had to step back and take a sideline role and I think that has helped me become a better individual and a better captain.
Q: You missed much of last season due to injury. What have you done to prepare for this season and your return to the playing field?
Blue: Obviously just strengthening my knees has been the biggest preparation. I had another scope surgery on my opposite knee this fall. I just want to make sure I am healthy because I plan on making it through the entire season this year.
Q: What are your team goals and personal goals for the season?
Blue: We haven’t really sat down and drawn out team and personal goals yet, but we have weekly goals. For example, this week we are really working on the zone defense and for attack, which is my position, we are doing more drills on longer possessions. Coach Walker has really emphasized that we need longer possessions in order to be successful this season. I think obviously we have a really tough conference so it is a big goal to do extremely well in the ACC while winning our non-conference games too. The ACC Tournament is here at BC this year so obviously it is a goal to win the whole thing on our home turf. Lastly, we are still looking for our first NCAA win so I think it would be nice to make the NCAA’s and get our first tournament victory.
Q: What is your favorite part about being on this team?
Blue: I love the camaraderie amongst us. It’s always been special here at BC. We are a very tight team so anything that happens during competition we try to leave on the field. We are really good about communicating with each other if there are any issues and we hang out a lot off the field too.
Q: What influenced you to take an extra year for graduate school?
Blue: After I got hurt in the fourth game of last season I was devastated, but then after I got over the disappointment I put into perspective that I was given the opportunity to come back this season. As soon as I heard this was an option I decided to do it. I graduated last year with a degree in Communications and now I am getting my Masters in Administrative Studies from the Woods School. Career-wise that gives me an advantage for employment having two degrees from Boston College and I couldn’t end my career on a sour note with an injury. As soon as I got injured I told Acacia I wanted to come back. When you think about it, this was the perfect year to come back because we only lost three girls from last year and we have a new group of freshmen that will have a big impact on the team. I have a feeling we are going to be pretty successful.
Q: What is your favorite “pump-up” song before a game?
Blue: I really like the song Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.
Q: If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
Blue: I think I would want to have the ability to fly. It would be great to get from one place to another really quickly without waiting in traffic or for an airplane.