Tuesday April 10, 2012Q&A With Senior Attacker Caroline Cochran
Throughout the season, GatorZone.com will post Q&A’s with various members of the Florida lacrosse team. In the 10th installment, we check in with senior attacker Caroline Cochran.
#32 Caroline Cochran
Sr. • Attack • 5’3”
Q: What does is mean to you to be the first scholarship lacrosse player ever to graduate from UF?
It is such an accomplishment to graduate from the University of Florida. I have such an amazing team and would like to thank the entire Athletic Department, coaches, and staff for all the time they put into our program. I have been able to be part of this program from day one and it would not be possible without our support staff. I would also like to thank all of the fans that come out every game and support us. My time at the University of Florida is one that I will never forget.
Q: What’s something important you learned as a Florida lacrosse player that you will take into the "real world" with you next year?
One of the most important things I have learned as a Florida lacrosse player is that hard work really does pay off. We spend countless hours in the offseason preparing for the spring, and sometimes it is very tiresome and draining. But then we get the results from that hard work out on the field and you know it is all worth it. That determination and drive that we have learned at Florida will help me in the real world.
Q: What about being a Florida lacrosse player do you think you'll miss the most next year?
My teammates. No words will describe how much I will miss all of my best friends next year.
Q: Now that the team has been together for a few years, how do you think the team has grown?
We are a different team than we were freshmen year. We came in unsure about anything because we had no upperclassmen and we had to establish what kind of team we wanted to be. That first year was a learning year for everyone, not just the players but the coaches as well. Our coaches have helped us develop into the team we are today. We are all such great friends and that helps with the chemistry on the field as well.
Q: What do you see as the team’s goals for this season?
I have high expectations for our team this year. I would love to be able to win the ALC Championship and go on and win a National Championship. As much as I wish I was on the field, I could not be any more proud of my teammates and what they do every single day out on the field.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Florida Lacrosse player?
There is so much pride that comes along with being a Florida lacrosse player. Everyday I feel that pride whether it is on campus or at home. But the best thing about being on this team is the friendships I have made. I would not trade that for anything.
Q: What has been the key to integrating the new players into this team that’s been together since the beginning?
Our freshmen have already made a huge impact on the field for us this year. They are all great players and have had no trouble coming in and playing with a team that has been together for a few years. My advice to them would to be enjoy their four years. It’s true what they say, it goes by faster than you think. So enjoy all the practices, lifts, conditioning workouts, games, bus trips, wins, and losses because you only get to do it once.
Q: What are some of your favorite non-lacrosse things to do in or around Gainesville?
I love going to the Estates pool. There is nothing better than laying out during January and February while everyone back at home is freezing.
Q: What is your favorite memory with your teammates, on or off the field?
My favorite moment on the field will always be our win against Northwestern. I do not think anyone will forget that game. That is one that will go down in the books. There are so many memories with my teammates off the field it is hard to pick my favorite. Last year a bunch of us went to St. Petersburg for a weekend over spring break. It was such a fun trip and we had great weather.
Q: Tell us a little-known fact about you…
Well my whole team knows, but I like to watch Jeopardy as much as possible. It comes on at 7:30 and my roommates know to be quiet when it does come on. They secretly like it too now.
Q: What’s your favorite class that you’ve taken at UF, and why?
I am taking Victorian Literature this semester. I look forward to going to each class because my teacher is awesome. I was skeptical about taking it at first because it was a lot of reading, but it has ended up being my favorite class.
Q: What do you want to do after you graduate?
I plan on getting my Master’s in Education and teaching. I also would love to travel to Europe for a couple months sometime next fall.
Q: If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Italy and Greece. I want to see both countries so badly. I hope to go in the fall and travel around to see them.
Q: What are your favorite TV shows?
I love TV. Recently, my roommates and I have gotten into Vampire Diaries. But my other favorite shows are Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Dawson’s Creek, and Friday Night Lights. I watch way too much TV.
Q: Top 5-10 most-played songs on your iPod:
“Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean, “Sweet Thing” by Keith Urban, “Take a Back Road” by Rodney Atkins, “Back Where I Come From” by Kenny Chesney, “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw. And every Carrie Underwood song there is. She is my absolute favorite.