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In The Crease: featuring New England Command Defender, Megan Douty

May 30, 2018

 

How did you get introduced to lacrosse? 

I was introduced to lacrosse in 4th grade, when my town recreational program was just starting. The speed of the game caught my mom’s attention and she thought it was a sport I would really like because I played ice hockey and soccer growing up. I have loved lacrosse since the first day I started!

 

Can you tell us about @AllLaxAllDay. How did that start? 

My best friend Alex Marino and I created All Lax about a year and a half ago. What started as a training business has turned into a mission to help girls in our local community get the coaching, training, motivation, and support they deserve. We do all of this through various training options, like camps, clinics, select teams, and strength and conditioning programs.  We really do care about the girls and want to help them have the success they deserve on the field and in their everyday life.

 

What does the first 90 minuets of your day look like? 

The first 90 minutes of my day consist of a normal morning routine, brushing my teeth, getting ready for the gym, eating, and my favorite – drinking Spark – which is a vitamin based mental focus drink that I have to start my day.  I try to train in the morning, before my workday gets busy and I am unable to put my maximum effort in. 

 

Growing up, who was your biggest inspiration? 

Lacrosse was still a growing sport in my area when I began my career so I did not really follow the next level. Therefore, I looked up to those around me. The older girls influenced me on my high school and travel teams. I admired Alex Marino, my business partner now, because of her skills and work ethic – I always competed with her, which in turn allowed me to grow as a player.

 

 

What’s your current stick setup? 

The stick I currently use is the stick I played with in the World Cup, the UA Honor. I also have an ECDlax mesh strung UA head that I have been enjoying playing with because of its control. 

 

Do you string your own sticks or do you have someone else? 

I have always wanted to learn, but I definitely do not string my own sticks. I play with whatever is handed to me, essentially. I am not picky.

 

What are your thoughts about mesh coming into the women’s game? Will you be making the switch? 

I have been using an ECDlax strung head and I really do like it, it has great control. I am interested to see how my fellow teammates – especially the attackers – like using the new stringing.

 

What would we find in your gear bag? 

In my gear bag you will find cleats or turfs, AdvoCare Spark & Rehydrate, Bose Headphones, my ankle braces, and pre-wrap. 

 

Why did you choose #29?

I am usually number 5 but my teammate has been 5 on Team USA for years. I chose #29 because it was my twin brother’s number in HS and it is also my older brother’s birthday.

 

What’s your favorite pre and post game meal?

I don’t necessarily have a favorite pre game meal, but I make sure I always eat a protein and a complex carbohydrate 3 hours before game time. Post game I will have a similar meal or a post workout recovery shake if I do not have access to a clean meal. I try my hardest to take care of my diet, especially when I am in season.

 

Do you have any pregame rituals? 

I do have a few pregame rituals. My hair always has to be in a bun, I wear the same spandex and sports bra for each game, and I always drink a Spark before I go out for warm ups – it helps me get energized while also getting me mentally focused for my game. 

 

How do you feel the recruiting process has changed since you have been recruited to Maryland? Were there other offers in the mix?

The recruiting process is definitely a lot different now than when I was getting recruited. Because the sport was newer in my area, we did not really think about playing in college until high school began. Now, the girls have an idea of whether or not they want to continue to play at a much younger age. 

 

I had offers and interest from other schools, but once I knew I had the opportunity to play at Maryland, I knew that it was the right fit for me. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play for and learn from Cathy Reese, Kenis, and Caitlin Phipps every day?

 

 

What’s your fondest memory as a Terp? 

I have so many great memories from playing in that program but the best memory had to be winning either National Championship with my team. 

 

Can you describe the feeling of winning your first National championship with the Terps? 

The feeling of winning my first National Championship is indescribable. It’s almost as if everything I ever dreamed of and have worked my whole life for was coming true. I remember being so happy for days – celebrating with my teammates and soaking in the glory.

 

What’s one personal goal and one overall team goal for the 2018 season with the New England Command?

I am very excited to start this new professional league and have the opportunity to continue to play the game I love. A team goal is to compete at every game and to win the inaugural season of the WPLL. Personally, I hope to make an impact on the field. 

 

What motivates you to get better everyday?

I love to compete, I am super competitive and love preparing and pushing myself in order to reach goals, individually and with a team. I want to inspire the girls that I coach every day to work hard and to never give up on their dreams. 

 

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received? 

To enjoy what you do everyday and have fun. I am lucky to have had so many amazing opportunities to play lacrosse with great people and mentors. My experience would not have been nearly as positive if it weren’t for the amount of fun I had while playing. I have applied this to all aspects of my life and feel as though I have had a successful career thus far. 

 

What does your weekly workout regimen consist of? 

I usually train about 5 days a week. Focusing on a few strength days while adding in high intensity interval training to keep my conditioning up. On top of training in the gym, I will add in sprint intervals to prepare me for gameplay. 

 What is a workout every athlete should be doing (but which few are)? 

Over the last few years, I have fell in love with High, Intensity, Interval, Training. It has helped me prepare for competition and I feel as though I am in my best shape. Prior I was so focused on strength training/lifting, but adding this style of training has helped me lean out and become a well-rounded athlete. 

 

 

What’s the best piece of advice you could give a Defender looking to have success on the field? 

The best piece of advice I can give a defender is to remind themselves that it is not their job to stop an attacker from scoring, but to give your goalie the best opportunity to make a save. I was told this at Maryland, and it changed my entire perspective on my performance. 

 

What was the toughest moment in your life? How did it shape you? 

A hard moment in my life was when my Pop pop passed away unexpectedly mid season my senior year. I was extremely close to him and he was my biggest supporter. I did not get the chance to say goodbye – which was extremely heartbreaking. I miss him everyday. This shaped me to give my best everyday with no regrets and to love and support those who are important to me. I will always do anything for the people that I love and care about, just as he would for my family and me. 

 

How do you handle stress and pressure?

I handle stress with planning and preparing. The more in control I feel, the less stress I feel. I handle pressure by reminding myself that I am prepared and I have trained for the moment. 

 

What excites you the most about playing lacrosse professionally? 

I love that we have the opportunity to play the game that we love and can give the youth something to aspire to. I have always dreamed of being a professional athlete or in the Olympics and to have the opportunity to go as far as I can in lacrosse, is a dream come true.

 

What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?

Winning 2 National Championships with Maryland was extremely satisfying & also making the USAWNT was incredible. Winning the World Cup and World Games was a cherry on top of an incredible experience with team USA.

 

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the sport?

I really enjoy binge watching tv shows – thank you Netflix for creating a horrible habit for myself. 

 

Who’s the biggest character on the US Women’s National Team? 

The biggest characters on the team have to be Alice Mercer and Michelle Tumolo – they feed off one another and keep our team entertained. 

 

What’s one thing most people would be surprised to know about Megan Douty?

As much as I try to be really healthy – I have the biggest sweet tooth and an obsession with snacking. 

 

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