I sat down with Stony Brook Seawolves lacrosse star Courtney Murphy and talked to her about the women’s lacrosse team, her final college season and some fun questions about her personal life. This is your chance to get to know the 100-goal scorer.
Q: You suffered a broken left hand in the first game of the season (Feb. 4 at Towson). You seem fine now. How long do you think it will be until you’re 100 percent?
A: Not really sure yet. Doctor said a normal person would be around six to eight weeks. I came back in two. It depends on how it heals. It’s a week-to-week thing right now.
Q: With you being a senior is there any added pressure on you winning the NCAA championship this year?
A: Yes and no. I don’t think it’s added pressure, but it’s added fuel to the fire knowing this is my last go around and last shot at it.
Q: What was your favorite moment in your career so far?
A: I would have to say my favorite moment was beating Florida in our sophomore year on the road at Florida. That was kind of our first statement win since I’d been there. The year prior, they beat us 14-1 on our home field. So going down there and beating them 12-11 when they had a Tewaaraton finalist in Shannon Gilroy, that was sweet. That was probably one of the most memorable games of my career.
Q: Did you know that you’re 45 goals away from setting the all-time NCAA record (as of Feb. 24)?
A: *Laughs* I keep getting updates.
Q: So what do you think when you hear that?
A: I feel like it’s kind of surreal. I don’t think about it that much. I see it whenever articles come out. It’s not something that’s always in the back of my mind. It is kind of crazy to think about that. Hopefully if I’m anywhere on pace since I’ve been freshman year and that could be a possibility of doing something and having your name be at that number one spot in the record book.
Q: What adjustments have Coach Joe Spallina made this year to find even more success than last year? (The team went 17-4 in 2016 and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after winning the America East Championship).
A: I think bringing in new talent. We have a couple of really good freshmen. Kind of making our offensive players a lot more effective and a lot more of a threat. We have a big-three of scoring with me, Kylie Ohlmiller and Dorrien Van Dyke, but making everyone else just as much of a threat.
Q: What are some, if any, differences in the team’s build and identity this year?
A: I think our team chemistry is at a high that I haven’t seen yet. This is the first time that our team has clicked on and off the field. It’s just a different feeling and there’s no better feeling than to come here in your last year knowing that everyone’s on the same page and in it for the same goal.
Q: Favorite meal after a big win?
A: I’d probably have to go with wings or some type of burger.
Q: Favorite television shows?
A: I’m big on “Grey’s Anatomy.” That’s my number-one right now. “Shameless” is a good one. I just finished it, I really liked that one.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: I have no idea. Probably “She’s the Man.”
Q: Favorite music artist?
A: I actually kind of like all genres depending on my mood. Favorite artist for pregame, probably Drake or Meek Mill. Something to get you pumped up.
Q: Favorite sporting teams?
A: Yankees, obviously. Giants. Pretty much all New York. Nothing crazy. Knicks, but it kind of hurts to be a Knicks fan right now.
Q: Athlete that you look up to?
A: I’d have to say my older brother, Steve Murphy. He doesn’t play anymore, but he’s always been my biggest motivation. Seeing him pick up the sport at a later age and being able to be successful in it. He was kind of the person I’ve always wanted to strive to be better than. (Her brother played at Notre Dame through 2013).
Q: Any guilty pleasures?
A: Chocolate. I can’t turn that down. Anything chocolate, I’ll eat.
Q: Pet peeve?
A: Hmm. I have a lot. Probably when someone says, “What?” and then answers you two seconds later and you don’t repeat yourself. So now, it’s like “What’d you say?” and they answer you even though they heard what you said, and they just don’t take the time to listen to what you actually said.
Q: Coke or Pepsi?
Q: Favorite fast food place?
A: That’s a hard one. Probably Taco Bell.
Q: Funniest teammate?
A: I would probably say Sam Jaffe. She can always make everyone laugh.
Q: Last but not least, how many goals will you score this year?
A: Whatever it takes us to get to a National Championship.