Women's Lacrosse's Jenna McCabe Excited To Host Virginia
April 19, 2007
Sophomore attack Jenna McCabe has started all 13 games for the Eagles this season and leads the team in points with 38. The Brunswick, ME resident has helped Boston College to a 5-8 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the ACC. McCabe and the Eagles return to action this Saturday, April 21 when they host Virginia at 1:00 p.m.
You lead the team in goals scored (33) and total points (38). What has been the key to your tremendous offensive output this season?
I think that this season our offense has been working a lot better together, movement off-ball and on-ball. We've been working a lot better together. We've been doing a lot of extra shooting, a little "3v3" to work on situations. Playing together always helps.
Underclassmen make up the majority of players on this year's squad. What does youth bring to the team?
I think it's great because we're a growing program, so the outlook on the future is very positive and we're looking forward to more good things to come. It's nice that we're a spring sport, so we have the fall for the freshmen to get accustomed to the college level of play, because it's a little different.
Talk about the play of the freshmen this season.
They have been put in a situation in which, because we have a lot of underclassmen, they've needed to step up and play. They have taken the initiative to really step up their games and they're really working well with all the rest of us. Our seniors are such good leaders, so I think that helps the freshmen get accustomed to everything.
The team's goal scoring has dropped off in the second half of the season. What do you think accounts for this and what will it take to get back to on track?
It could be the teams we've been playing. We just played Duke and North Carolina, a couple of the top teams in the country. Those games are fun to play because of the great competition. I think we'll be there in the future, but right now we're just working hard to get there.
With one game remaining before the ACC Tournament, what is your mindset at this point?
We are very excited to play Virginia. I definitely think that we can put up a good fight and come out on top. Our mentality is just to fight for 60 minutes and put everything out on the field, nothing to lose.
You are scheduled to host Virginia on Saturday. How are you preparing for this ACC opponent and what can you tell us about the Cavaliers?
We haven't really been doing a lot of focusing on the other team. Rather, we've been focusing on our own play. So, we've just been practicing hard and getting ready.
Saturday's game is the final ACC home game for the seniors. Can you offer some thoughts on the senior class and what special meaning this game has?
I think that they are really excited and also getting kind of sad because it's the near the end of their college careers. It's one of the last games that we have to play as this team. We're just excited to go out and put everything out there and see what can come of it.
What are team's goals heading into the ACC Tournament?
Last year we kind of struggled in the tournament. It didn't really end up as well as we wanted. We're just going into it with the same mentality as we are for Virginia this weekend: let everything out on the field, play as hard as we can. We have nothing to lose. It's time for an upset.
The list of next year's recruits was recently released, which gets people thinking about the future. What do you see for the future of the program - next year and beyond?
I actually just read that release and it's very exciting. It looks like we have some great athletes coming in. It's going to help our program so much and bring more competition within the team. We'll hopefully be able to compete on a higher level with those other ACC teams and see where it goes from there.
As an experienced player, what will you be able to teach the younger players and incoming recruits in coming years?
We've definitely learned a lot coming from high school to college and we're going to provide that information to them at the beginning of the year, so we can grow from the fall season and be our best in the spring season. It'll be important to lead them lacrosse-wise and off the field, as well.
Interview conducted by Geoffrey Kehlmann