NCAA assists leader answered fans’ questions Wednesday
COLUMBUS, Ohio Kristen Slahor, a senior on the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, held a live online chat on OhioStateBuckeyes.com to answer fans’ questions Wednesday. Read a full transcript of the chat below.
Slahor, who leads the NCAA with 60 assists, became the first Buckeye in program history to surpass the 200-point mark in the 17-12 victory over Penn State (April 20) and enters the 2008 American Lacrosse Conference Championship this weekend with 220-career points. In addition, the Ellicott City, Md., native ranks second in the nation in points with 92 on the season.
The Buckeyes take on Penn State at 2 p.m. EST Friday in the first round of action at the ALC championship hosted by Northwestern University at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. At the league championship, Ohio State will vie for the conference’s automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship held at Towson University in Towson, Md. Live video of the ALC championship will be streaming on NUsports.com.
Welcome to Kristen’s chat. Please post your questions for her here.
Kristen is here so we will go ahead and begin.
I want you to know what a great game you played at Hopkins yesterday. It was an honor to see the Buckeyes play.
Thanks for your support in Maryland. We love to see Buckeyes all over the country!
Do you think your teammates, like the quirky Kendall Gysin, will be your friends for life?
Yes. The girls on the team will be my friends forever, especially the quirky Kendall.
How do you position yourself to tally so many assists? How do you beat your opponents?
I think that from behind the net I can see the field well. I can read where my teammates are going to be next.
Did the team live up to its expectations this year? What does the team have to do to defeat PennState again in the league tournament?
We are on the right track. We want to be ranked in the Top 20. We need to win the big games that will help get us in the rankings. We need to play a full 60 minutes like we did last time and we’ll come out with a win.
With your senior season almost complete, what do you think you will miss the most about playing lacrosse at OhioState? What will you miss the least?
I will miss the girls the most. I will miss the team atmosphere and always doing things together.
With two teams added to the ALC in the next couple of years, how do you think it will shake up the standings?
Hopefully, it will help balance the league and bring new styles of play.
When did you start playing lacrosse? What makes it a challenge?
I started in the seventh grade. Because I started later than most other girls, I was less experienced so it made me try harder to get better. No one wants to be the worst kid.
What made you chose OhioState? Did you look at other lacrosse programs?
OhioState had everything I wanted. It had great athletics, a great school and a great social atmosphere. It was the whole package. I looked at Penn State, CalBerkeley and Towson.
Why are there so many differences between the men’s and women’s game in lax?
The field is longer and wider in women’s lacrosse plus we have eight and 12-meter marks. There’s no hitting in women’s lacrosse because our sticks are different – we don’t have pockets – so we have different rules.
Kristen, congrats on the ridiculous numbers you are putting up this year!! I was wondering, who is the toughest looking player on the Women’s Lacrosse Poster this year?
I would say Jess because her picture on the poster makes her look intimidating.
As a senior, how do you hope to end the 2008 season?
We want to try to win the ALC tournament. We have a lot of tough competitors to meet first though.
What’s the team’s mindset heading into the weekend? How do you balance between classes and travel?
We need to focus on PennState first and our game plan is to beat them again. The teachers are really helpful and work with our schedules.
What’s it like to know your name will be at the top of the OSU career points record, setting the bar higher for future Buckeyes?
It’s exciting. And it’s exciting to see who will be the next Buckeye to get there name at the top.
What has been the best accomplishment for you?
Being chosen by my teammates to be captain was cool. Also, having a successful season to finish my career out has been nice.
What advise have your given the Freshman on your team?
To keep working hard because it all pays off in the season. Also, that they have a new family in the Buckeyes.
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What are you going to miss the most about OhioState?
Nothing. I’m going to be a super senior next year to finish up classes. I plan on staying around and coming to the girls’ games next year.
Is there professional women’s lacrosse? What does it take to continue playing lacrosse after college?
There’s only professional lacrosse for the men. After college, women can play for the U.S. National team and go for the Olympics.