Jan. 13, 2014
Sophomore, Midfield, 5-6
In 25 days, the Vanderbilt lacrosse team begins the 2014 season on Feb. 7 at Kennesaw State. To get ready for the 19th season in program history, vucommodores.com will spotlight all 29 players and coaches Cathy Swezey, Susan Ellis and Julie Gardner. This segment will offer an inside look into the team on and off the field.
Today, Amanda Lockwood, who wears jersey No. 25, starts our countdown. A sophomore from Alpharetta, Ga., Lockwood is moving from midfield to attack this season after scoring 13 goals in 2013 for the sixth-most on the team. A three-time All-American and two-time Academic All-American while at Milton High School, she is currently studying in Vanderbilt's interdisciplinary program. She was one of 21 Vanderbilt student-athletes, along with teammates Maddie Kratz and Sarah Tustin, who traveled to Tanzania this past July to distribute shoes in conjunction with Soles4Souls.
Age I picked up a lacrosse stick: 12 years old
A few words that describe the way I play lacrosse: Quick, aggressive, hard shots
What I need to improve on to be a better player: I need to work on attack specific moves and positions such as cutting at the right times, and being able to roll off the crease, (getting) ready to pass or shoot.
Most impressive thing about coach Cathy Swezey: I am most impressed by her determination to win and her ability to pump up our team before a game. She gives the best pre-game speech I have ever heard and makes you want to destroy your opponent.
Favorite part about playing at Vanderbilt: It is hard to choose what I like most about playing for Vanderbilt when everything is so incredible and positive. My teammates are most important to me and I couldn’t ask for a better team. I have 28 best friends that I get to see every day and they make playing lacrosse so much fun. I am motivated, encouraged and pushed every day to be the best player I can be, with the support of a great coaching staff and team.
My advice to young people: Be flexible when you come to college because you have to find a good balance between class, studying, and socializing, and to branch away from your normal day to day activities. Capitalize on different opportunities that come your way.
Favorite sport other than lacrosse: Lacrosse is the best sport there is!
Favorite musical performer: My Morning Jacket
Nobody can believe I watch this show: Duck Dynasty
Favorite midnight snack: Life cereal
Worst habit: Eating junk food
My bucket list includes: Skydiving, backpacking in Europe and revisiting Tanzania
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: LeBron James
Favorite aspect of Nashville: The music scene is awesome!
Person I’d love to switch places with for a day: Oprah Winfrey
What would I do if I won the lottery?: Travel the world, support my family, then live in Tanzania working at schools and orphanages with the people I met there.
Ultimate vacation destination: Australia and New Zealand
Career goal: To make it far into the NCAA Tournament
The best advice I’ve received (from her parents): Treat people how you want to be treated.