February 3, 2016
Team Alicia – featuring Apolo Ohno, Maurice Jones Drew and Al Michaels – dominated Hollywood Game night, winning 74-56. (All photos courtesy of Alicia Groveston.)
Team Alicia – featuring Apolo Ohno, Maurice Jones Drew and Al Michaels – dominated Hollywood Game night, winning 74-56. (All photos courtesy of Alicia Groveston.)

IWLCA President Alicia Groveston Wins Hollywood Game Night

by Megan Schneider | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | Schneider Archive

February 2 was no ordinary night of lacrosse on television.

Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) president and Grand Valley (Mich.) State coach Alicia Groveston competed with a team of sports celebrities – Olympian speed skater Apolo Ohno, NBC's Sunday Night Football anchor and broadcast legend Al Michaels, and former NFL player and current NFL Network analyst Maurice Jones Drew – for a chance to win $25,000 on "Hollywood Game Night."

Her competition? Adam, another "civilian" as host Jane Lynch called the non-celebrities, who was joined by Olympian figure skater Tara Lipinski, Host of DirecTV's "The Rich Eisen Show" Rich Eisen, and former NFL player and current NFL Network analyst Nate Burleson.

During introductions, Lynch, best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in "Glee," asked Groveston if she would pick "the stout and powerful MJD or the live and graceful Nate Burleson" to be a lacrosse player for the Lakers, who have won three consecutive league titles in her tenure and were ranked 15th in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division II Preseason Top 15.

"MJD," said Groveston. "He's explosive, powerful. It's just the reaction time and I'd put him in goal!"

When it was Groveston's turn to play "Popped Quiz," Lynch asked her, "Who has more followers - Adam Levine or Avril Lavigne?" She answered, "Adam Levine," but unfortunately, that was incorrect and the popcorn flew toward her. Levine has 6.04 million followers, while Lavigne has 19.7 million followers.

The special all-sports episode featured five games: "No Harm No Vowel," "Double Draw," "Popped Quiz," "Show Me the Music" and "Where Ya Going?" Groveston was near unstoppable, recognizing "GDFLLS" as the 1990 Warner Bros film "Goodfellas," having impressive speed decoding Michael's drawing of a golf club, and somehow interpreting her team's dancing to guess the titles of hit songs, like Los Del Rio's "Macarena" and OMI's "Cheerleader."

With a final score of 74-56, Team Alicia was crowned the champion and she moved on to the bonus round to play the show's iconic "Celebrity Name Game" with the help of Ohno and Burleson. In just 90 seconds, she had correctly guessed 10 celebrities, the game-winner being famous golfer Tiger Woods. Not only did she win $25,000, but the celebrity duo each won $10,000 for their charity of choice.

"Appearing on Hollywood Game Night was one of the craziest, most rewarding things I have ever chosen to do," said Groveston in an IWLCA blog. "As strange as it seems, this experience is so similar to playing and coaching lacrosse. I had a goal, a dream, and felt like I could realize it. So I went after it."

After an extensive application process and three days of filming at the Universal Lots in California, she had to keep her winnings a secret for three months, but it was all worth it. Her "vast knowledge of pop culture" paid off.

"This game, like so many others, is all about teamwork and finding the right pieces of the puzzle," said Groveston. "If you have the wrong pieces, you won't get to where you want to go."

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