April 11, 2014
This week marks the final home games for the 2014 Buckeye women’s lacrosse senior class as Ohio State hosts No. 8 Penn State Sunday and No. 11 Notre Dame Tuesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Over the next few days, the four seniors will look back on their time wearing the Scarlet and Gray. Today’s featured senior is Heather Gravinese, from Mullica, N.J., who is a captain this season. She has played in 64 games with 54 starts in four years, totaling 84 groundballs, 43 caused turnovers and 30 draw controls in her career. This season, Gravinese has anchored a defense that ranks 11th in the country in scoring defense. She is third on the squad with 18 groundballs and second with eight caused turnovers. An Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Gravinese is on pace to graduate this spring in a degree in criminology and plans to attend law school.
Read on for Q&A with Gravinese:
Is there a meaning behind your jersey number?
#33 is my family’s number. All our jersey numbers were 33 our whole lives.
What are your plans after graduating?
Attending Widener Law School in fall 2014.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Do you have any advice for incoming and younger athletes?
Never give up on yourself. If you want something, work hard and don’t stop till you have it. Never set limits for yourself because you can accomplish anything.
What do you love most about your sport?
Being part of a team.
Where did the eye black start? What’s your favorite way to wear it?
One game a few of us decided to do it, we liked it, and through the years more people have joined in. Our tribal design from 2013 ALCs was my favorite so far.
If you have a free day, what are some of your favorite things to do away from lacrosse?
Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
Where do you see women’s lacrosse 10 years from now?
I see our sport popular across the country as well as in the Olympics.