January 31, 2014

Give and Go: North Carolina's Brittney Coppa

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

Photo by Peyton Williams

North Carolina senior midfielder Brittney Coppa was our guest for the Give and Go interview in the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Didn't get a copy? Join US Lacrosse today to start your subscription!

Editor's Note: Coppa tore her left ACL at the Champion Challenge in January and will not be able to play this season. This issue of Lacrosse Magazine had gone to press prior to her injury.

Who is your favorite athlete?

LeBron James. He is a beast and actually runs the court. Also, he is the only person that can pull off sunglasses inside and at night.

What's one thing you can't live without?

My mom. She is my rock. She is the strongest person I know, and she inspires me every single day.

What's one thing that always puts you in a good mood?

My friends, especially my teammates, Cassie Ballard and Paula Schmidt. It's a guaranteed good time with the two of them.

What's one thing lacrosse really needs?

We need some type of stall rule. It would be very beneficial for the game of women's lacrosse to keep the game moving and it would keep fans more interested.

What's been the proudest moment of your career?

Winning the national championship last year. Nobody thought we could win that game, and there is nothing better then shocking the world in the longest game in championship history.

What's the biggest obstacle you've overcome?

At the end of preseason my freshman year I had a stress fracture in my shin. This injury took me out of all physical activity for a while. When I was able to play again I had to do workouts before and after practice to get back in shape and try to get back on the field.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

That would have to be a three-way tie between: Beyonce, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done?

Sticky-noting Katrina Dowd's car while she was still new to Carolina [as an assistant last year]. It was the best-kept secret throughout the year.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

First I wanted to be a server girl at Wendy's. As I got a little older I planned to be a professional soccer player and if that didn't work out, I would become a famous singer.

Do you have any pregame rituals?

I put my game-day sports bra on and straighten my hair. Look good, play better. And I walk out on the field next to Sloane Serpe listening to "Let's Go."

What's on your lacrosse bucket list?

Win another national championship and win ACC's since I have yet to win ACC's here at Carolina.

What is your major at North Carolina?

I'm majoring in communications because I really enjoyed the communication classes I took my freshman year and I thought it would lead to good opportunities for me after graduation.

What has been your favorite class in college?

My favorite class in college would have to be my COMM120 class. The class was all about interpersonal communication and it was one of the main influences on my major choice.

Overtime (from Team USA coach Richie Meade):

How do you define success?

Success is putting in the long hours and the hard work, through the good times and the bad. There will be ups and downs of every journey, but success can be defined by doing what you love day in and day out with the people you love.

Double Overtime (from Ashley Hulme, Minot, N.D.):

Who has been the biggest influence on your success with lacrosse?

Katrina Dowd. She has given me a new perspective on the game, and she is the ultimate lacrosse rat who has really helped me take my game to a new level.

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