Q+A with Becky Manning

Sept. 4, 2007

The team is off to a strong start. What do you think has led to your early success?


We did really well in the spring, and we spent a lot of time working on our weaknesses. All of the returnees came back this fall and were ready to go. (This year) it is like we continued right after the spring season ended in April.


How did you feel scoring the overtime winner against Ohio?


It felt pretty good. I got thrown in there to do something I haven't done in a long time (taking a penalty corner). I was pretty nervous. We executed it well and got a lucky bounce and it went in the net.


Take me through the play?




I sent the injection in and the plan was to skip it back to Floor (Rijpma). Then she would bounce it back to the top and have Jeamie (Deacon) take the shot. Everything went well and it was sitting right on the goalie's stick. I got a jab at it and it went in the net.


You are well on you way to your most productive season offensively of your career. What do you think is the biggest factor in your strong start?


I think I only scored two goals all season last year. It's quite a change for me.

I couldn't go to team practices in the spring so I spent a lot of individual time with the coaches one-on-one trying to develop my scoring skills, and develop my stick skills. I think that has really helped me and is why I've been doing well so far.


As a fifth-year senior, you are the longest tenured member of the team. How do you think that experience helps you?


Even though I haven't consistently been a starter for five years, I've been through a lot with the team.  I've played with a lot of different types of teams. So I think (being around) all sorts of teams, from having bad seasons to great seasons to mediocre seasons, I can build off of that.



What do you want to accomplish in your last year as a Spartan?


Obviously, I want to have a good season. It feels really good from the start and I think we have a chance to go far this year. I just want to take it one game at a time and make sure we build up the season the right way and end with a strong finish.