WomensLax.com Featured Player: Lily Kalata

Name:Lily Kalata 
School:Rutgers
Position:Goalie
Jersey #:9
Class:Senior

 

Lily Kalata

Q&A

What sports did you play growing up?  

Every sport I could - soccer, basketball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey. I even asked to play hockey and football, but my dad didn't think it was a good idea and I'm thankful for that now.

What is your favorite professional sports team?

Pittsburgh Steelers 

If you had to choose one athlete you most identify with either male/female, professional, collegiate, amateur, who would that be and why? 

I think Tim Tebow. He's had so many ups and downs so far in his career, but he always manages to stay true to his faith and be a respectful person. In times of trial, I can only hope to react like he has. 

What ultimately lead to your decision to play lacrosse in college? 

I'm the youngest of five and all of my siblings played lacrosse in college, so I've been playing for a long time. I really just couldn't ever see myself not playing or not involved with lacrosse.

If you could pick the first song on your pre-game warm up mix, what would it be?  Why?

Buzzin' by Mann ft 50 Cent. That song always gets me hyped.

When you are not playing lax, what are you doing? 

Usually I'm hanging out with my teammates, but I like reading in my free time too.

What kind of pre-game rituals do you have? 

I try to relax and have as much fun as I can in the locker room, dancing and joking around with teammates, but that mostly ends when I walk out the door. After that, I focus on my team and try to beat my assistant coach, Lisa, during my warm up shots.

When you are looking for a good laugh who or what do you turn to?  

Either my sister, Annie, or one of my best friends and teammate, Erin Turkot. There's a few people who can make me laugh so hard it hurts, and those two definitely can.

If your teammates had to describe you, what do you think they might say? 

They would honestly probably say that I'm obsessed with the game of lacrosse, but that I work hard and would do anything for my team and to make the team better.

In a few words how would you describe your teammates? 

Outrageously entertaining.

If you had to pick one quote or saying that inspires you most, what would it be?

"The more I practice, the luckier I get" - Gary Player

Do you have any suggestions to younger players that want to improve their game? 

Do as much wall ball as you can and play around with your stick often. Taking some time to better your hand-eye coordination can take you a long way.

What pumps you up most on the field? 

Goals? Goalie Save? Turnovers? When our defense makes a huge stop whether it’s a save, interception or a great check. Nothing gets me more pumped than that!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

Hopefully, I will be at a competitive college coaching lacrosse and enjoying every day of my job.

Shout outs?! 

To my team! We've been through so much together and I couldn't ask for a better family to play with. Special shout out to my dad, who always supports me and has the best advice.

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