The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The 26th student-athlete selected this year is women's lacrosse freshman Katherine Francis.
Katherine was superb in the two wins for Lynchburg this past week. In the win over Marymount (Va.) University, she scored three goals, including the game-winner during the first overtime period. In the win over Sweet Briar College on Saturday, Francis added five more goals. She also added five groundballs, nine draw controls, and four caused turnovers on the week.
Why did you choose Lynchburg College?
I chose Lynchburg College because it has such a beautiful campus and as soon as I visited I knew it would be a great place for me. A friend from home suggested I look into LC because Athletic Training was offered as a major and the Women's Lacrosse team has been very successful. I contacted Coach Reid and everything fell into place. I played at a shooting clinic on campus and really liked all the girls on the team, so when I was asked to have an overnight I was so excited. After my overnight I knew Lynchburg College was the place I wanted to spend my next four years. After being on campus for just a few weeks I knew I had made a great decision, and I still can't imagine myself being anywhere else.
What do you like most about LC women's lacrosse?
My favorite part of being a member of the LC women's lacrosse team is the great friendships that have been formed with me and my teammates. Over Spring Break we all became really close and had a great time together. There has been a huge difference in how we all play together from the beginning of the season and now. We are starting to play more for our teammates and less for ourselves, which has given us great success in our games.
What are you aspirations for after graduation?
After graduation I hope to have a degree in Athletic Training and be able to work at a high school or college as an Athletic Trainer for a sports team. If the opportunity arises I would love to work as an Athletic Trainer for US Olympic team and travel with them to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
How did it feel to score the game-winning goal in overtime against Marymount last Wednesday?
When we started overtime in the Marymount game last Wednesday I was very nervous. The last thing I wanted to happen was for Marymount to beat us in overtime after they were so far behind during the first 60 minutes. Bri Slate gave me a pep talk before the first draw of the overtime and that definitely helped my confidence. After winning the draw, getting down to Marymount's defensive end, and the refs called a foul on my defender I just wanted to stay calm. When the whistle blew and the ball ended up in the back of the net I was ecstatic. Even though we still had a lot of time in the overtime to play out, I knew we could keep scoring or hold possession of the ball on offense. Hailey Bossert made some incredible saves in the last half of overtime to secure the win for us.