March 26, 2009

Up Close & Personal with Susan Dael

As we continue our Up Close series of interviews with the Lady Bobcats we meet up with senior Susan Dael. The Bel Air, Maryland native plays defense/midfield for the squad. In the classroom she is pursuing a degree in sociology with a minor in psychology.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae College? I came to Lees-McRae College to play lacrosse, as well; I knew that a smaller college would probably be a better choice for me.

2. What are you most looking forward to this season? This being my fourth year playing for Lees-McRae College I am finally excited to say that our team is fully loaded with potential as well as finally a sub! I am looking forward to excelling in a great season this year full of skillful players and wins.

3. In which part of the game does your strength lie? I feel that I am a good runner, and I can see the field well. As well, it would have to take something very drastic me to not give it my all and play hard till the end of any game.

4. What do you do to prepare yourself for matches? I sit and listen to my music really loud. I like to zone out everything and think about the game and what I need to do.

5. Who has had the biggest impact on your lacrosse career? Andrea Duffy. She has inspired me in so many ways. She taught me so much about the game and myself. She showed me that I could push myself farther than I thought both mentally and physically.

6. What is your favorite part about being a member of the Bobcat lacrosse team? Honestly, out of all the teams I have ever been on the past I love being a part of this team. We are like no other team. We are a close knit group that all share a passion for lacrosse and that is a great feeling!

7. What personal and team goals have you set for this season? The goals are to play tough and to connect as a team; team chemistry is a very important aspect to gain. I feel that it can happen and when it does it will make all the difference!

8. What is the biggest mental challenge you face on the field? Making mistakes

9. Who has been the biggest role model in your life? How? Brittany Coppedge, my first friend I met at Lees McRae and roommate I had here. Our sophomore year Brittany was diagnosed suddenly in early December with a rare form of lung cancer, after weeks of tests. Brittany was an awesome, talented healthy athlete, who never smoked a day in her life. Brittany is the true definition of a strong, dedicated, fighter, as well as, a true, caring, genuine person and friend. She fought her battle strong till the very end, but passed away on December 28th 2007, just weeks after her diagnosis. I have never met, and feel I never will meet, a stronger person in my life. Everyday she inspires me and reminds me that there is nothing I can't do and to never to give up and to always put up a strong, hard fight till the very end in everything I do.

10. What is your idea of a perfect afternoon? I enjoy a sunny summer afternoon…not hot and humid, but warmer than 60 degrees with a breeze to cool the sun.

11. If you could try something new today what would you try and why? I am down to try anything new really….I mean if I had to choose one thing it would probably be to go scuba diving in the Caribbean.