Munoz: Our Cold (But Valuable) Spring Break
This week I'm definitely more rested than last time I wrote. That is because we just got back from our spring break, where our lives consisted of lacrosse, eating, sleeping, and watching lots of TV. I finished a season of House of Cards in two days.
We also had three birthdays. Our spring break consisted of us visiting colder places of the country, Ithaca, N.Y., and South Bend, Ind. Upon arrival at Cornell we were greeted with snow, and on our way out we left in snow. South Bend proved no different, with rain and snow combinations throughout our time there.
Spring break proved to be very exciting, even if we weren't beachside in Cabo. At Cornell our team was on fire with the attack on point and our ride crushing it. It was a solid team win. Notre Dame proved to be a bit more challenging, though. Not the first half we were hoping for, especially defensively (and personally), but we stayed tough in the second half and held them to two-second half goals. On the other side of the field our attack was able to convert when we needed it and the draw controls were great even when one of their defenders tried to faceguard Ashlynn Goerz on the circle (it didn't really work so well). Ashlynn is a freshman and came off the bench and allowed our team to get many of the possessions late in the game when we needed it.
Many people wonder why we would go to those places when we are so used to playing in great weather in California to such adverse conditions with the time change and weather. Our coaches wanted to put us in a challenging situation in which they knew we would succeed. All Stanford students love challenges, and maybe that's why we seem to excel so much in the cold weather. Our ability to succeed in these challenges is what got us to this school in the first place; how we fight back when things get hard and we overcome the hardships. Both games definitely showed this, but even more so in the Notre Dame game with so many shifts in the score. Our team fought back, and will continue to fight the rest of this season.
Honestly, this Stanford team has been my favorite of the four years here, although maybe it's just because I'm a senior. But the amount my teammates work, and mesh together makes coming to practice each day so much fun. I think what makes this team so special is that not only do we work together so well but we also have so many people to fulfill so many roles and do different things to make us such a threat all over the field. If someone's not having a great day, there's always someone there to pick them up or pick it up for them and we all know that. I cannot say enough about the players on this team, and I'm truly so grateful to be a part of it. It really is a special group we have here, and we're looking forward to accomplishing the rest of our goals for the season.