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WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT: Jenn Pino & Kristin Elliot

Michael Romanella, ’13,  Sports Editor

Michael Romanella ’13 Staff Writer This week we look at two of the Merrimack women’s lacrosse team’s best players — one from each side of the field. Jenn Pino and Kristin Elliot have dominated the game and helped Merrimack become one of the best teams in the Northeast-10. Pino is currently second on the team with 29 points, 22 goals, and 7 assists. Elliot is a crucial part of the Warriors defense, which ranks sixth in the conference in goals against. Jenn Pino – Offense

Q: What’s your favorite warmup song? A: “Drop the World” by Li’l Wayne & Eminem.

Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete? A: Dustin Pedroia.

Q: How is this season going to be different from the last seasons? A: We are a close-knit team on and off the field. We have a young team but everyone steps up and does their job.

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals? A: I always put on eye black right before my coach comes in the locker room.

Q: What personal goals do you have for yourself this season? A: To be a leader that my teammates respect and look up to and to be a top scorer in the league.

Q: Describe your thoughts on your season so far. A: We have one of the toughest schedules in the league. We had a rough start but are looking forward to turn the season around and fight for a playoff spot.

Q: Why do you prefer defense over offense? A: I like to be the playmaker and score goals. I think it’s fun to test the defense and see what plays we can run.

Q: What is your major? A: Business, sports management. Q: What do you want to do after college? A: Work for a professional team.

Q: What was your favorite win at Merrimack? A: Win in overtime vs. Dowling Kristin Elliot — Defense

Q: What’s your favorite warmup song?  A: “Jump Around” by House of Pain.

Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete?  A:Well, since it’s hockey season, I would go with Nathan Horton.

Q: How is this season going to be different from the last seasons?  A: We have a very young team. In years past players who saw  time were mainly upperclassmen and only a few underclassmen would get playing time. This year many underclassmen are stepping up and getting time out on the field.

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?  A: I have to have my teammate Milly braid my hair. One braid in the front and one in the back.

Q: What personal goals do you have this season?  A: This season I want to push my teammates to work hard for the two hours of the day we have lacrosse. I want to set the standards high to make them work that much harder each day.

Q: Describe your thoughts on your season so far.  A: The season didn’t start the way I hoped for my senior year. Having a lost a good amount of games was hard to overcome. It took a lot of work mentally to get over all the losses and I wasn’t sure if we were going to turn it around. But after having our first win at home against the no. 7 Dowling, I knew that our team was capable of winning.

Q: Why do you prefer defense over offense?  A: The concepts of defense have always made sense to me in any sport. Being able to anticipate your opponent’s next move and causing turnovers is one of the best parts of playing defense. A strong and aggressive defense can change the pace of the game.

Q: What is your major?  A: Electrical engineering.

Q: What do you want to do after college?  A: I plan on working for an electrical engineering company and I hope to keep myself involved with sports.

Q: What was your favorite win at Merrimack?    A: Dowling in overtime.

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