November 29, 2011

Give & Go: Syracuse, Team USA Attacker Michelle Tumolo

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Michelle Tumolo's top five picks in a fantasy lacrosse draft would be Katrina Dowd, Katie Rowan, Lindsey Munday, Acacia Walker and Caitlyn McFadden.
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From November's Lacrosse Magazine, Syracuse star junior and Team USA member Michelle Tumolo talks pregame dance parties, Uncle Ben's, being part of the U.S. team and much more. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 350,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

Who is your favorite athlete?
I've never had one certain favorite, because there are just so many amazing athletes out there, but after the Women's World Cup, I'd have to say that Abby Wambach is super impressive and has made a huge name for women's soccer.

What's one thing you can't live without?
I have an obsession with rice. Yes, like Uncle Ben's rice. Weird, I know, but living this college life, it's easy to have Uncle Ben in my pantry. The gourmet meals and juicy steaks come every so often, thanks to my chef of a roommate, Caz-Marie Norwich.

Who in lacrosse is destined to be a reality TV star?
My Syracuse teammate, Alyssa Constantino. She is one of the funniest people I know and always has the team cracking up. If you ever need a good laugh or want to hear a hilarious story, get to know her. She's awesome.

Where did you go on your last vacation?
[Lake] Placid! It wasn't necessarily a "vacation," but it has been the best weekend of my summer for the past three years. If you've never been, I'd suggest you go! A shout out to Team Graph Text, three-peat champs.

What's one thing lacrosse really needs?
To be in the Olympics. I hope that changes for the next Olympics, so we have another way of representing our country while playing the sport we love.

It's 2021 — Where are you and what are you doing?
I hope to be a hot mom with little baby athletes running around, coaching lacrosse. I also hope I have traveled around the world and won a few gold medals along the way.

What's been the proudest moment of your lacrosse career?
Making the U.S. national team the past two summers. I am so honored to be playing with the most amazing (on and off the field) lacrosse players in the country, and coached by such exceptional coaches.

Do you have any pregame rituals?
I have to do everything in order. First put my jersey on, then the hair (gotta have the perfect braid), put on my eye black (knowing there is gonna be a lot of sun in the dome), and then start a dance party in the locker room.

What's your favorite moment of a lacrosse game?
Every moment. From the adrenaline pumping through my body at the start of the whistle, to every ground ball, pass, shot, play, goal and all of the above, it's all my favorite —except for losing, of course.

Overtime

From Jon Reese, former Yale All-American, 2011 Hall of Fame inductee: Do you believe in giving back?
Of course I do. It's the best feeling, helping out those in need. Our team is actually in the process of setting up charity events and community service. It's our way of giving back and showing our support from the 'Cuse family.

Double Overtime

From Alek Peters, Denver, Colo.: A lacrosse video game just came out. Who are your top five draft picks for a fantasy team, like on Madden?
This is a tough one. There are so many to choose from. I'm going to go with some of my veteran U.S. teammates and role models: Katrina Dowd, Katie Rowan, Lindsey Munday, Acacia Walker and Caitlyn McFadden.

From Kyler Pollick, Las Vegas, Nev.: What is your favorite part about playing lacrosse?
I just love the sport. I've only been playing since freshman year of high school when lacrosse was unknown in my town, and watching it grow has been really exciting. It has helped me to where I am today and hopefully keep making me successful.

From Luke Rankin, Wyoming, Del.: What is your least favorite thing about lacrosse?
There isn't much I can say negatively about lacrosse, but if I had to I'd say it'd be cool to play like the boys and be able to go through the crease after a shot just to change the women's game a little.

From Anna Bissell, Naples, Fla.: What is your favorite trick shot?
A typical behind-the-back, but I plan to get better at other trick shots to have more of a variety to spice up the game!

Pose a question for the next subject.
If you had to hang out with one of the "Jersey Shore" cast members, who would it be and why?

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