Athlete of the Week

Photo by Holly Lipka.

Athlete of the Week – Nicole Gottschalk

SPORT: Lacrosse

YEAR:  Third

MAJOR: Communication Disorders

HOMETOWN: Glastonbury, Connecticut


How Did You First Start Playing Lacrosse?

I started playing lacrosse when I was in fifth grade because I wanted to try something new. I was already playing soccer and I thought it would be fun. My older brother was playing lacrosse at the time as well, so I knew it was something I wanted to do after watching him.

Outside Of Lacrosse What Do You Like To Do?

I love being outside and being active. I like hiking when the weather is nice and just playing other sports in general. Also I’m a big fan of taking naps. I can fall asleep almost anywhere.

Who Are Your Biggest Role Models?

One of my biggest role models is my older brother. He is very good at everything he does and has had a lot of success in his life. I look up to him and I hope that I will be successful as him.

Are You A Fan Of Any Teams?

I’m not a huge fan of any specific professional sports teams, but I do enjoy going to watch any team play because I love the atmosphere. If I had to pick a favorite professional team though, it would be the New York Yankees.

Do You Have Any Superstitions?

I wear my hair the same way for every game and I have a pair of game socks for both home and away games. Another superstition I have that I’ve never told anyone is that during a game if I stretch one of my legs then I have to stretch the other one even if it’s not tight. Or if I stretch both of my legs at the same time then I have to do it a second time or else I won’t play well. I don’t know how that started but it’s always in the back of my mind.

What’s Your Favorite Sports Memory?

Playing travel soccer growing up and traveling to other states for tournaments. I would always have a great time with the other girls on my team whether it be playing in the games, going to dinner, or just hanging out in the hotels. I’ve always loved being part of a team.