The women's lacrosse team is gearing up to begin play in the spring of 2013. Meanwhile, head coach LeeAnn Tutchton is assembling the Petrels first recruiting class. Gopetrels.com sat down with freshman Carol Rubens, the first commit to Oglethorpe's newest team.
Q and A with Oglethorpe freshman Carol Rubens
Q: When did you start playing lacrosse?
How did you get interested in the sport?
A: Lacrosse for me started as a complete whim. My high school was just starting a team and my friends wanted to play. I wasn't very athletic, but my friends convinced me; it sounded like fun, so I signed up. We learned the basics and then had a few scrimmages to get the feel of the game and I completely fell in love with it!
Q: Did you compete in high school? Where are you from? What position do you play?
A: I started playing my junior year of high school. My school in Birmingham started the team that year. I started out playing defense, but as I started getting the feel of the game and developing my stick skills, I started playing attack. I love both positions, but attack is my favorite. Nothing feels better than scoring a goal.
Q: How did you hear about Oglethorpe and what made you decide to come to school here?
A: Honestly, lacrosse was what made me really want to come to Oglethorpe. I'd been wanting to go to a small school, and I'd been wanting to move out of Birmingham for a while, but lacrosse was really the icing on the cake. I only played for two years in high school and one summer on a club team and I didn't want to have to give it up so soon. And being part of the team when it first starts is an amazing feeling. I'll really get to help shape the future of the OU lacrosse team and turn us into a family.
Q: How did you meet Coach Tutchton?
A: When I got to Oglethorpe, I had a meeting
with Jay Gardiner, who told me about Coach Tutchton. She got my
phone number and email address and contacted me over the summer.
Having a coach who's so sweet and friendly made me even more
excited about coming to Oglethorpe. It's nice having a coach you
can actually talk to.
Q: What are you doing to promote the OU lacrosse team to help get commitments ready for the 2013 season?
A: I meet with any recruits that Coach Tutchton has talked to when they come for a tour of the campus. I try to talk to other people who already go to OU about the team, as well. I'm just trying to help out in any way I can.
Q: Any final thoughts for future Stormy Petrel women's lacrosse fans?
A: I'm so excited for the 2013 lacrosse season. We have tons of work to do, but I'm confident that we can pull everything off and be a team Oglethorpe can be proud of!