Senior goalkeeper Erin Goodman and Notre Dame will face Vanderbilt in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m.  The game will be played at Notre Dame's Alumni Field.

20 Questions with Erin Goodman

Feb. 25, 2009

Senior Erin Goodman has seen action in 41 games, including 38 starts, in her career with Notre Dame. The Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., native has recorded 336 saves as a goalkeeper with the Irish women’s lacrosse squad.

1. If you could trade places with Coach Coyne for a day, what would you do?

I would have a dance-off for practice.

2. Do you have any pre-game rituals/superstitions?

In high school I would eat the same food before the game, but now I just warm-up by myself.

3. What’s your theme song?

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston.

4. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would have dinner with Paul O’Neill. I’m in love with him and he’s my hero and the reason I play sports.

5. What song do you love to listen to but are embarrassed to admit it?

Any boy band, I went to a lot of Backstreet Boys concerts when I was younger.

6. Where is your favorite place at Notre Dame?

The locker room, but I also like tutoring at Mendoza.

7. Which has been the biggest game of your career?

Either Georgetown game from last year, but preferably the one we won.

8. Do you have any nicknames?


9. When you were little, who was your favorite cartoon character?


10. What’s your worst habit?

I bite my nails, but I’ll hit my stick against the goal post if I get upset, too.

11. What television show would you like to make a cameo on?

I love “Friday Night Lights.” My mom and brother started watching it and they sent it out to me.

12. If a movie was made about your life, what would the title be and who would play you?

I would want Julia Roberts to play me, but I feel like I can’t give it a title since I haven’t lived long enough. It is a work in progress.

13. Where do you want to be in 10 years?

I want to be married and working in New York with a family.

14. What is the hardest thing about being a student-athlete?

Well, it’s the hardest and easiest part I guess, but having my whole day planned out for me. I can’t just watch a movie, but it’s better than freshman year where I did not have a good schedule.

15. If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want to have with you?

I would want my computer but obviously it would have to have wireless internet, my mom, and my stuffed Pluto dog.

16. What would be your dream job?

I want to be either a speech pathologist or a social worker and a mom.

17. What’s the most notable thing about your hometown?

It’s awesome; I love all my friends from home. Joe Torre did live in the town next to it for a little while though.

18. What has playing lacrosse taught you?

The biggest thing my sport has taught me is to take criticism and learn from it. Also I got to meet all the girls that I play with, I guess you could call them my teammates.

19. What is your most embarrassing moment on the field?

When I was getting recruited, it was the biggest tournament of the year, and I went to scoop the ball and clear it and dropped it in my goal. A million coaches saw me score on myself.

20. What does being part of the Fighting Irish mean to you?

It’s the reason I came here. You are more than just a team or a student. Everyone I know here has become a better person because of this place and these people.