Athlete of The Week Q&A: Jake McCulloch
Each week, BRSN selects one athlete that performs exceptionally compared to his or her peers. This week, we chose junior lacrosse player Jake McCulloch, who posted eight-points against Penn this weekend.
BRSN: Jake, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. What was your mindset going into this past weekend?
JM: Our mindset throughout the whole week was focusing on finishing games. We had leads in the fourth quarter in two of our losses this year which is disappointing but we learned a lot from our mistakes and were able to finish against a very talented Penn team.
BRSN: How did you first get started with lacrosse, and what kept you in the sport?
JM: My dad played lacrosse at Hofstra and professionally for the New York Saints so I had a stick in my hand as soon as I was born. I grew up in a great lacrosse town with a lot of tradition so the sport has always meant a lot to me. I would say I stuck with lacrosse because I’ve always loved playing the game and it’s something my dad and I bond over a lot.
BRSN: Why did you choose Cornell?
JM: I chose Cornell because it’s a great academic school but also allowed me to play lacrosse at the highest level. Also, once I learned about the history and culture of the lacrosse program I knew it was a perfect fit for me.
BRSN: What is your favorite lacrosse memory?
JM: Winning a state championship in high school.
BRSN: What’s your favorite Cornell game that you have played in?
JM: I would say my favorite game would be our last game. We were firing on all cylinders and it was great to see all of our hard work come together and result in a great team win over a very talented opponent.
BRSN: How do you like to prepare for games?
JM: I love to listen to music to get in the right mindset. I also like to talk to Matt Licciardi because he hypes me up. Besides that, sometimes I’ll have a catch with Jeff Teat to warm our hands up.
BRSN: What are your expectations for this season?
JM: We want to compete for an Ivy League Championship and then make a run in the NCAA Tournament.