Give & Go: Penn All-American Attacker Erin Brennan
|Penn senior attacker Erin Brennan
is a fan of Al Pacino's inspiring halftime speech in "Any Given
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The Penn senior attacker, All-American and Tewaaraton Award nominee talks pregame ponytails, cheese and the Quakers' final four run.
Who is your favorite athlete?
Wayne Gretzky is probably my favorite athlete of all time. I never tried ice hockey, but played my fair share of roller hockey in the street with my brother, Gavin, and his friends. He is two years older, so I basically followed him around. We are from New York, and he got me really into the Rangers when Gretzky was on the team for his last few seasons. He is so passionate and an inspiration to all athletes.
What's one thing you can't live without?
Cheese. I am pretty much obsessed with food, and cooking is something I have loved since I was a little kid. I share a fridge with three of my roommates, and without fail there are always at least five different types of cheese inside.
Who in lacrosse is destined to be a reality TV
My best friend and teammate, Emily Leitner. I'm pretty sure she is more entertaining than any reality star on TV right now.
Do you Google yourself?
Only with my friends when they want to laugh at my embarrassing high school lacrosse interviews. There is one from my senior year where I think the only adjective I used was awesome — about 20 times. My teammates definitely give me a hard time for that one.
Where did you go on your last vacation?
A bunch of us went to my friend's house in the Hamptons at the end of the summer before we all went back to school. We basically relaxed by the pool and went out on the boat on the Long Island Sound for the entire weekend.
What's one thing lacrosse really needs?
More public exposure for the women's game than just seeing Regina George running down the field in "Mean Girls."
It's 2022 – Where are you and what are you
Hopefully, I will have a successful career and will be starting a family with my husband, living close enough to my parents so that I can have free babysitters at my disposal.
What's been the proudest moment of your lacrosse
Making it to the final four my freshman year. We came up short against Northwestern in double overtime, but it was definitely the most exciting game I have ever played in.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
I call my parents and my brother, Gavin. I watch Al Pacino's speech from "Any Given Sunday." I tie my lucky bow into my ponytail, and I always eat an apple during our pre-game speech. In that order.
What's your favorite moment of a lacrosse
Standing in line with my teammates as the "Star Spangled Banner" plays right before the game starts.
(from Hall of Fame coach Richie Moran) How can lacrosse
players make the United States a better country?
College athletes have so much to give back. I think if you asked any college athlete they would tell you that they didn't get where they are now without the help of someone who came before them. I think we all have a responsibility to be a role model or mentor for young athletes everywhere.
(from Cassie Pauley, Redding, Calif.) What time do you
normally go to bed?
Unless we have a game or run the next morning, pretty much always after 12. I'm a night owl, but once I'm out I can hibernate for days.
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