An integral part of the women lacrosse team’s attack, junior Allison Schindler leads her team with seven assists while also tallying eight goals so far this season. On Monday, she sat down with Sun Assistant Sports Editor Brian Tsao to talk about life on and off the field.
1. Are you guys the real deal?
Yeah, definitely. We hung with Princeton and it was definitely a very disappointing loss [last Saturday]. It’s nice to know that we could hang with them but it was definitely a downer to lose, but we are definitely the real deal and we’re definitely looking to go all the way this year.
2. Do you like wearing skirts when you play?
I do. I like wearing skirts. They’re better than shorts. Shorts always ride up, and with skirts, you don’t have to worry about it, you just put spandex on. Makes it easy to run in.
Do you think guys dig the skirts?
Oh yeah, I definitely think they do.
Women’s lax 1, men’s lax 0.
3. Why is the adjective “sweet” always used with lax?
I’m not really sure I know the real answer behind that. I think it’s started long before I got here and it’s just carried on year after year.
It’s just a Cornell women’s lacrosse thing.
So it’s not even men’s lacrosse?
4. How was it going to high school in an all-girls school [St. Paul’s School for Girls]?
Actually, it really wasn’t bad at all. I did go to an all-girls school but we shared a campus with an all-boys school and we had co-ed classes. It was actually really nice, I wore a uniform, it was great, I could roll out of bed and go straight to school. I think it’s a unique experience that a lot of people don’t get.
What was the uniform like?
It was a white polo shirt, a skirt and brown shoes.
Was it styling?
It wasn’t bad. We altered them enough so that they were pretty good.
5. I was talking to some people and they said that you are the preppiest person on the team. Do you agree with this?
(Laughs) Close to it, there is a freshman who is rivaling for my spot. But they usually like to make fun of me, I usually have on pearl earrings and some sort of collared polo shirt but I grew up in Baltimore and that’s kind of how it is.
Do you think you’re the best dressed girl on the team?
No, I would not say that. I would say that there are other girls who dress much better, I wear pretty basic clothes.
6. I heard you have an unhealthy addiction to your pearls…
I don’t have an unhealthy addiction! I have one or two pairs of earrings and that happens to be one of them and I very rarely change them. In fact, I just lost them now so I don’t have them anymore.
Would you wear them if they were allowed in the game?
I probably would, yeah, definitely.
7. What is the hottest guy’s team at Cornell?
I knew you were going to ask that! Umm… I’m going to have to say men’s hockey. I have to.
Why is that?
My boyfriend plays for the hockey team.
Is he a stud?
Uhh. Yes! (Laughs)
What other team would you pick?
(Silence) Ummm … I don’t know.
I’d hope you’d say men’s lacrosse.
Yeah, men’s lacrosse…
Our else you guys can’t be sweet lax..
Yeah, I’m going to go with men’s lacrosse.
There’s the love.
8. If you could fly, have the strength of 100 men, or be invisible, what would you do and why?
I’d have to say fly, so that I could travel the world and that’s definitely something I want to do, go to some pretty exotic places, places I’d probably will never get to.
Where would you want to go?
I want to go to Italy and I want to go to some tropical islands and go all over.
It would be useful on the field too..
(Laughs) Yes it would.
9. I heard you’re a bagel pre-game eater…
I love bagels, yup.
So what’s the Allison Schindler bagel?
It’s actually pretty boring. It’s a plain bagel toasted with melted American cheese.
That’s not exciting at all.
Yeah, I know, it’s boring.
10. I’m giving you options and you have to pick one. Orioles or Nationals.
Are you a maverick or a wingman?
I’m going to go with wingman.
I kind of like to let somebody else lead sometimes. I think that kind of shows on the field in terms of assists and things like that. But if need be, I’ll be a maverick.
Greenhalgh, Nee, Boulukos or Redd?
What?! In reference to what?
Ummmm… I don’t know, just in general.
I guess I’m going to have to go back to my roots and say Justin Redd. He’s a Baltimore guy too, so I’ll be safe and go with that.
Men’s or women’s lax?
It’s a much more … people are going to hate me for this … I would say it’s a finesse game, it’s a game of endurance and the fact that we don’t wear the equipment and things like that make it a very disciplined sport. I think that’s the big difference between men’s and women’s lacrosse.
And you guys are better looking…
Obviously. Much better looking.
I think most guys would tend to agree.
Archived article by Brian Tsao
Sun Assistant Sports Editor