Q & A With Sophomore Becky Manning
Sept. 12, 2005
Sophomore forward Becky Manning, often referred to by her teammates as "BAM", has emerged as a leader for the Spartans in only her second season. Along with team captains, MSU chooses a leadership group each year to help guide the team and Manning has stepped up to fill one of the underclassman roles this year.
"Becky is one of two underclassman leaders that has the task of keeping the underclassman informed, enlightened, and inspired to do what it takes in a championship journey," stated head coach Michele Madison. "It is also Becky's job to oversee the field, locker room, and equipment setup."
As a freshman, Manning appeared in nine games and scored one goal, which turned out to be the game winner, in a 4-2 win over Sacred Heart. This season, "BAM" has taken a starting role, appearing on the front line in all seven games for the Spartans. Manning has scored two goals so far this season, striking first on Sept. 2 at California and then again on Sept. 5 at Stanford.
Catching up with the Spartan standout at the end of a practice, Manning provided insight into her career and goals for the season.
Q: Who has influenced you the most in your career?
A: "Coach Madison has definitely influenced me the most. Ever since I came to college I have learned so much more about field hockey than I ever did before. She has been a huge help both on and off the field."
Q: How did you get the nickname BAM?
A: "The letters are the same as my initials so everyone just calls me BAM."
Q: What is your responsibility on the field?
A: "My job is to help bring everyone together and play as a team. I also help keep everyone in the moment and stay focused on the game. It's also my job to keep the front line together."
Q: Why did you choose MSU?
A: "MSU has an excellent athletic program and the field hockey program was exactly what I was looking for. There are also many advantages of being a student athlete at MSU."
Q: Where is one place you would love to visit?
A: I would love to go to Australia someday.
Q: What is your ultimate goal in your career?
A: "After college, I want to go to law school and hopefully someday become a lawyer. I'm not sure what type of lawyer I want to be yet, but I still have time to decide that."
Q: How did it feel to get the game winning goal against Sacred Heart?
A: "That game was actually one of the first games that I had played in and to get the game winning goal was exciting. I actually felt like I did something to contribute to my team."
Q: What's one thing you would say to your teammates before a game?
A: "I usually talk all the time anyways so I basically just tell my team to play hard and stay focused. I always try to keep my team pumped up before the game."
Q: Why the number six? Does it have any special meaning?
A: "It was just the number they gave me when I came here, but I ended up liking it so I stuck with it."
Q: Who are you looking forward to playing the most this season?
A: "I am looking forward to playing Michigan because it's at home and at night this year. We usually have good crowds at our night games and the fans help us get pumped up."
Q: When did you start playing field hockey?
A: "I started my freshman year of high school."
Q: Who do you look up to the most on your team?
A: "I would have to say Michelle Huynh-Ba because she has a very strong work ethic. She is always working hard and never stops. Whenever I feel tired and feel like giving up I look at Michelle and she keeps me going."
Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
A: "No, I just stay focused on the game and know what I have to do on the field."
Q: What's your goal for the team this season?
A: "We have a relatively young team and a lot of people have had to step up and play in positions they aren't used to. The ultimate goal that I have for the team is for all of us to come together and be strong."
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