February 7, 2011

Give and Go: Jen Cook, U.S. U19 Team

by Corey McLaughlin | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

Maryland-bound senior attacker Jen Cook from McDonogh (Md.) helped lead her team to a 20-0 record and LM’s year-end No. 1 national ranking in 2010. She’s also a member of the U.S. U19 Team.

Who is your favorite athlete?

I love Shaun White. He’s revolutionized the sport of snowboarding so much, and to be able to go out there in an individual sport and accomplish what he has is incredible.

What’s one thing you can live without?

This is embarrassing but I have a stuffed lamb that I’ve slept with since I was 2. It’s probably going to come to college with me. I take it on trips, and it will probably be at Maryland with me next year. It’s one of a kind.

Who in lacrosse is destined to be a reality TV star?

If I had to pick one of my friends it would be Jordan Hammond, who is coming to Maryland next year. She is crazy, so funny and we always have a good time.

Where did you go on your last vacation?

I went to San Diego, right after the U19 tryouts. My whole family is from Southern California so it was fun to go there. We visited family and Disney Land. That’s my favorite place. I would work at Disney Land, being one of the people to test the rides.

What’s one thing lacrosse really needs?

More televised games to expand it and get it more out towards the West Coast. That would draw interest and get people exposed to lacrosse.

It’s 2021 — Where are you and what are you doing?

Hopefully I will be living near a beach on the West Coast or somewhere around here. I’ll be married and have a couple kids and they’ll play lacrosse. Hopefully I’ll have a successful marketing job. I think that’s what I want to do.

What’s been the proudest moment of your lacrosse career?

Making the U19 training team. It was one of the best things to see your name on the list and to accomplish something like that. You always look up to the older girls who are on the team and now you’re in that spot.

Do you have any pregame rituals?

For McDonogh the tradition is that there is a statue of an eagle right outside the gym that we walk past on the way to the field. Everybody has to touch the eagle before we start playing.

What’s your favorite moment of a lacrosse game?

The last couple of minutes when the game is tied or you’re down by one and you have the ball in your stick. You know you have to make a big play. I think that’s the most exciting. You want the ball or to set someone else up, or make a play that will result in a goal.

Overtime (from Kelly Haglund, midfielder/attacker, Stone Ridge, Md.)

If you could invent anything, what would it be and why?

A heated jacket would be so cool. You’re on the sidelines of a game and you see the NFL players freezing, there’s snow everywhere and they’re standing there with no clothes on. You could incorporate that into lacrosse or skiing or snowboarding.

Double Overtime (from Steph Schenkel, Brentwood, Tenn.)

What is the most random or coolest shot you’ve ever made?

It was at the National School Girl’s tournament (does she mean USL WDNT??) last year. I got tripped up and a foul was called, but before the whistle blew, I was falling on my knees and I shot it behind my back and I looked over and the ball was in the goal. My shoulder was pointing toward the goal and I was kind of falling across the goal.

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