Athlete of the Week Q&A: Matt Galajda
Each week, BRSN chooses one athlete among the Cornell community that stood out among his or her peers. This week, we honored freshman hockey goalie Matthew Galajda for the second time this season after he nearly set the Cornell record for shutout minutes, and led the team to a first place ranking nationally.
BRSN: Matt, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. What was your mindset going into the weekend?
MG: My mindset going into the weekend was to just keep things simple and follow the process. I try to prepare the same before every game.
BRSN: You recently recorded Cornell’s second-longest shutout streak in history. What has it taken for you to achieve this?
MG: I think it’s just been the way our team has been playing defensively. They are laying everything out on the line blocking shots, tying up sticks. It just makes my job a lot easier knowing they are willing to do that for me.
BRSN: Being a goalie is a very mentally demanding position in hockey, how are you able to keep that part of your game strong?
MG: I think a big thing for me is just relaxing, I like to do a bit of meditation at night and that seems to keep my mind and thoughts in line.
BRSN: The Big Red was named the No. 1 team in the country this week, how does it feel to be a part of such a big moment for Cornell Hockey?
MG: It’s definitely something pretty special. It feels good, but at the end of the day we haven’t accomplished anything yet, we still have a long way to go.
BRSN: The team currently has the longest winning streak in the nation (10 wins). What do you think it is that contributes to the success?
MG: I think consistency contributes the most to our success. We follow the same process every week and prepare the same for every game.
BRSN: What have you enjoyed most about being a part of the hockey team this year?
MG: The thing I enjoy the most is definitely the Lynah Faithful. They are amazing, the energy and passion they bring to every game always puts a smile on my face.
BRSN: And finally, on a lighter note, what’s your go-to pregame song?
MG: My go-to pregame song before leaving to the rink is always “Tonight is the Night.” It just gets me dialed in before getting to the rink.