Munoz: Stanford's East Coast Fall Trip
It's been a while since I've given an update, so first I will let you all know what I've been up to for the past few months. This summer I had an awesome opportunity to hold two internships, one at a mobile security company called KoolSpan as the marketing intern, and the other at US Lacrosse as the national teams intern. I gained so much experience from being able to work two different internships, and am so grateful for the opportunity I was given.
Now, at Stanford, we are about to begin our fourth week of fall ball, and it still hasn't hit me yet that this is my last one. Time really does go by so fast in college, you don't even realize. This year we have nine freshmen and one transfer, putting our roster number at 31. This is the largest team I have been apart of at Stanford, and I'm even still in the process of getting to know all the newbies. So far, it has been a really good environment, and I'm really excited to get to know them more and more as the fall continues.
We just returned from our annual East Coast trip, where we went to my home state of MARYLAND! We played Saturday in the Navy Tournament and then Sunday at US Lacrosse's Stars & Stripes event at Towson. Even though it wasn't exactly my home, driving through downtown Annapolis made me feel nostalgic as you can always spot the St. Mary's Church (located next to my alma mater) no matter where you are. Unfortunately, the weather didn't exactly cooperate with us. We left pretty soaked by the last game.
At Navy we faced some tough competition, playing North Carolina, Syracuse, Delaware and Boston College. There were definitely ups and downs throughout the day, but considering it's still early in our fall ball, we played well. Most importantly, we had a great opportunity to play against some of the best teams in the country and we now know how we can get better. There was also a great environment at Navy, with many East Coast families all around and even past teammates as well. In the UNC game I got to see fellow St. Mary's alum Megan Ward. In the BC game I got to play against for the first time another high school teammate and one of my best friends, Kelly McNelis. Yes, she did score on me, but it was kind of lucky I guess.
The next day we played Towson and Team USA at Stars & Stripes. We came out strong in the Towson game, and it was really exciting to see the freshmen making such an impact in particular. This game was especially fun for me as my goalie coach from high school, Michael Molster, is Towson's volunteer assistant coach. I know every time I saved a ball he was probably yelling at attackers on the outside and silently cheering on the inside. We played Towson to a close game, and then played USA directly after.
It can be pretty intimidating to play against the national team. However, when you're being shot on by the best in the world, I was just happy to have made some saves at all. They indeed have some amazing shooters and players, and we all had a great time getting to play against them and learn from them. Overall, it was a good trip, a chance for us to compete against the best and grow closer together as a team. Moving forward, we have our alumni game this coming weekend, and the next we have another chance to play outside competition during our playday Oct. 26 against Cal, Fresno State and UC Davis.