May 12, 2006
Alli Miller of the UMass Media Relations Office caught up with women's lacrosse standout Kathleen Typadis just before spring exams start. Check out what "Shooter" likes to do when she's not playing lacrosse, how she has changed her off-season workout to improve her game, and what her summer plans are.
Q. What made you decide to start playing lacrosse?
A. It was just something new. I actually started with a boys' clinic when I was younger. I always liked playing rough sports. It was something my neighbor and I were playing around with and they started a clinic, so I decided to go.
Q. Any reason behind the number 33?
A. I actually just picked it randomly. I never had it before. It was all that was left for the freshmen when I came to UMass.
Q. What made you decide to come to UMass?
A. I wanted to go to a big school and I liked the big sports. If you've seen our schedule, we're playing the top teams and that's exactly what I wanted. To me, that's the best. I also wanted to be close to home, so that was a factor.
Q. After such phenomenal seasons the last two years, you said you never wanted to be "stagnant." Tell me what you did in the off-season between your freshman and sophomore seasons to improve your game.
A. This winter I tried something new. I started at a new gym that specializes more in your sport. They give me different workouts to better prepare me for lacrosse games. That really helped. I did a little more stick work with that. I still have a lot to do with my left hand. But that was just something different. I've also picked up rock climbing and working different muscles.
Q. Is there any particular team that you look forward to playing?
A. I liked Syracuse just because I had never been to the Carrier Dome before. That was really cool for me. I also have some good friends from there as well.
Q. Do you have any superstitions?
A. No. I'm actually not very superstitious at all. I don't have any ritual and I don't wear the same underwear or whatever. But towards the end of the A-10 schedule, I wore the same socks for the last four or five games. We kept winning so I kept wearing them. But we lost the last one, so I don't know if they worked. That was it.
Q. Do you have any role models in lacrosse?
A. Yes. When I got here, Kerri Connerty was the first person that struck me because she's an attacker and I always looked up to her and the way she played. All the seniors are basically awesome leaders. Their work ethic is just really inspiring.
Q. Do you have any role models outside lacrosse?
A. I would say my high school coach, Kristen Smith. She played every sport there was. She is my biggest role model, I think. She played three sports in college and was awesome at all of them.
Q. What is your favorite sport to watch outside lacrosse?
A. I watch everything. Lately I've liked watching the men's lacrosse team on TV. But outside lacrosse, I would say basketball or hockey. I don't really have a favorite. I do like watching the Olympics, both winter and summer. Its fun because its stuff I haven't seen a lot of.
Q. Do you have a job for the summer?
A. I am a landscaper. I work in a nursery with trees and shrubs. I do a lot of watering and moving plants and shrubs.
Q. What made you decide to major in sociology?
A. I picked it out of a hat. No, just kidding. Actually I think I want to be a teacher and UMass only has education as a minor, so I am going to minor in education and hopefully I'll do something in teaching. I plan on going to grad school for health. That's what I want to do. I would like to become a physical education teacher.
Q. Is that where you see yourself in five years?
A. Yes. Right out of college I would like to coach either lacrosse or soccer at a high school level and teach at the same time.
Q. What is your biggest fear?
A. I'm not really afraid of anything. I said on my questionnaire it would be hitting the post in lacrosse, but that's a joke. I don't have any big fear. I'm not afraid of heights or water or anything.
Q. Can you tell me about your trio Agurro?
A. It's with Kristina Twichell and Julie Papaleo. Last year I brought my guitar and was trying to be like Adam Sandler, poking fun at things. We made up some songs about the team, and on our away trips, we would sing them. It seemed to be a big hit, so we just kept going with it.
Q. Do you think you'll release an album?
A. Maybe! We only have three or four songs, but maybe eventually we'll make a recording.
Q. Where does the name come from?
A. Everyone asks me that and I don't have an answer for you. Julie and I used to talk in this really weird language. Agurro. Agurro (rolls the "r's"). It doesn't mean anything.
Q. There is obviously a lot of team chemistry. Do you think this improve the team performance on the field?
A. For sure. We spend a lot of time, maybe too much time, off the field together. You get to know each other so well and then it translates onto the field. You know how to talk to everyone. If you need to tell them to pick it up, you know how to say it to them and which method they'll respond best to. All the team bonding definitely helps the team on the field.
Q. Do you think it hurts you at all?
A. No. I mean, we do spend a lot of time together, but we're like family. You have your little catfights here and there. But for the most part we love each other.
Q. What is playing on your iPod right now?
A. I would say 80's pop. Or Michael Jackson. Old school, of course.