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20 Questions With Andrea Kinnik

April 28, 2004

1. Fullname: Andrea Kinnik

2. Birthdate: May 26, 1982

3. Hometown: West Chester, PA

4. Major: Accountancy

5. Hardest Class: Most any accounting course.

6. Favorite Class: Current Jazz

7. The biggest reason why you decided to come to Notre Dame:

I came to Notre Dame for the community. The people here are very nice. It is such a warm and accepting place.

8. What will you miss most about Notre Dame after you graduate?

I will miss not being able to see all f my friends whenever I want. I will especially miss the girls I live with at 702!

9. What has been your greatest personal athletic moment?

Our victory against Duke over Spring Break. I had always looked up to Duke as a team when I was a little girl. Actually defeating Duke was a really great feeling. It was a shocker but a great accomplishment in my career.

10. What are your plans for life after Notre Dame?

I am not quite sure what I want to do yet. It is still up in the air. I would eventually like to work for a CPA in some capacity. I don’t really know exactly what I want to do quite yet. Next year I do have a job in Philadelphia with PNC bank in their credit services department.

11. What is the one thing in your life that you cannot live with out?

I could not live without my family. They are my support network. I would not be who I am without my family. I could not do anything that I am able to do now without them.

12. What is the best advice you had ever been given?

“Work to Win.” I have heard that phrase many places and I don’t really know who told that to me. It is important to me because it is a motto for the rest of our season and a motto for the rest of our team.

13. How do you think you have grown as a person and as a lacrosse player since coming to Notre Dame?

I have definitely become stronger. I am also stronger as a person now then when I first came here. I have also developed and noticed that I have good leadership capabilities. I am better prepared to handle adversity. Adversity brings out the best in me now.

14. How would you describe yourself on and off the field?

Off the field I am a little wacky and kind of weird! On the field I am a different person. I am very focused and intense.

15. What do you like to do away from lacrosse and your academic commitments?

Of course I love hanging out with my friends. I love just spending quality time with them in our house.

16. What is your favorite Notre Dame athletics team other than your own?

The women’s tennis team because my girl, Caylan Leslie, is on that team and she is the best player ever!

17. What is the strongest area of your game and what are you trying to improve on?

My strongest attribute is that I am able to work with my team. You cannot do things by yourself out there and there is no “I” in team. As far as improving goes, right now I am trying to find that fight that I had at the beginning of the season. At the beginning of the year we were the underdogs and had nothing to lose. I was going out there and giving it my all. I need to find that same fight again.

18. What is your favorite part about playing for Notre Dame?

I simply enjoy the type of affiliation that I have for playing for such a great university. People who don’t really know me, but know that I play for Notre Dame, find a connection with me. It seems to give me a step up in a few circumstances.

19. If you could change one thing about your time at Notre Dame what would it be?

I would have taken more advantage of all that the academic system has to offer. There is so much here and I know that I have not utilized Notre Dame’s academic system to its fullest degree.

20. If you were stranded on an island and could only eat one meal, only listen to one song and spend your time with only one person; what would you eat, what would you listen to and who would you pick?

For my meal I would have cheese fries with bacon bits from the Notre Dame dining hall! I would listen to “Here Come the Irish”, because it makes me feel warm inside. I would spend my time on the island with my coach, Tracy Coyne. She is such a funny person and can always make me laugh.

Bonus: Notre Dame lacrosse has been very successful this season climbing as high as number two in the national polls. What do you attribute the team’s success towards? What have you been able to add to the team? Finally, what are your expectations and goals for the remainder of the season?

I can attribute our success towards being so close as a team. We have learned from the mistakes that we made last year and we are trying to get past them and we want to change. We have been able to pass our experiences down to the rest of the team. Personally I think that I have been able to add a sense of teamwork. I try to make everyone feel included and to let them know that everyone has been a part of our success. Our goal as a team is to win the national championship.