March 5, 2014
This weekend marks the final home games for the 2014 Buckeye men’s hockey senior class, as Ohio State hosts No. 1 Minnesota in a Big Ten Conference series at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
This week, the four seniors will look back on their time wearing the Scarlet and Gray. First up is Alex Lippincott, a native of Akron, Ohio, has played in 107 games for the Scarlet and Gray in his career, scoring 11 goals and adding 14 assists for 25 points. The communication major is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice.
Read on for a Q&A with Lippincott:
1. What was it like to attend the same school and play on the same collegiate team as your father?
It is a great honor, not only to represent Ohio State by wearing the Buckeye sweater, but to pay tribute to my dad who has worked hard his whole life to give me the best possible.
2. What is one of your most memorable experiences as a Buckeye?
One of my best personal experiences would have to be sweeping Michigan at Yost my sophomore year. I did not play the Friday night game, but was in the lineup Saturday, and Ryan Dzingel, Chris Crane and I combined for 11 points to seal the deal.
3. Is there a meaning behind your jersey number?
Not really. I wore 45 my whole life before playing junior in Fargo, where we all had (regular) numbers 1-30. There were only a few available and 11 just popped out at me. Fortunately, it was available again when I came to Ohio State so, naturally, I had to pick it.
4. What are your plans after graduation?
I’m not positive yet, I am looking to pursue anything that comes my way, whether it be hockey related or a job opportunity.
5. Do you have any hidden talents?
I am surprisingly decent at Jeopardy. I don’t know if that counts as a talent though.
6. This or that: 50 goals or 50 assists?
That’s tough. Probably have to go with 50 goals though. Always fun to score.
7. What is your favorite quote by your coach?
“Boys, this is the best time of the year.”
8. If you weren’t playing hockey, what would you be doing?
It’s hard to picture me not playing hockey, but I would probably be involved with sports somehow. I would also probably be working as well as going to school.
9. Do you have any advice for incoming and younger athletes?
Enjoy playing sports and being a student athlete while it lasts, because it will all end at some point. It is a blast while it lasts, but keep the rest of your life in mind, because you can’t play sports forever.
10. What is your mindset like before a game?
I try not to over-think the game or psych myself out. I just try and get myself mentally prepared for what I am going to do in the game and focus on how I will be successful.