By Thomas Scavetta
Adam Winne, a senior accounting major from Ridgefield, Conn. serves as the goalkeeper for the men’s lacrosse team. Winne is coming off a monumental 2015 campaign where he was named East Coast Conference goalie of the year, ECC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and was also named to the All-ECC First Team.
In his junior season, Winne led the conference in several categories including minutes played, goals-against average, save percentage and win percentage. With the season offcially underway, Winne hopes to lead the Pioneers to a National Championship.
Q: Describe how it felt when you were named East Coast Conference Goalie of the Year last season. Would you say that is your biggest individual accomplishment?
A: An attackman on Molloy broke the news to me during a game. I thought he was just blowing smoke up my rear, but he turned out to be right. I’d say it’s my biggest accomplishment individually, considering we play among some great company in the ECC.
Q: What is your biggest goal as a team this season following another incredible run in the NCAA Tournament?
A: Here at Post, we have the same goal every year, and that’s to bring home an NCAA title. Look out Philadelphia.
Q: What was the deciding factor that influenced your decision to come to Post and why?
A: I had an unreal visit to campus when I was still in high school. The Dizzy Lizard stole my heart.
Q: As a senior with a lot of experience, how does your leadership brush off on the younger players?
A: As a salty veteran, you just want to set a good example for the younger guys on the field, in the classroom, and at the tailgate after the game.
Q: Can you describe the feeling of playing in a National Championship game and how you mentally prepare for it?
A: Playing in the National Championship game back in 2014 was special. I wasn’t the starting goalie at the time, but I got a solid minute of burn when our keeper took an unnecessary roughness penalty before Coach Jez called timeout just to get me out there. As for preparation, you just have to treat it like any other game.
Q: What is the strongest asset of your game?
A: I try to bring a blue-collar work ethic to practice with me every day.
Q: What are your other hobbies besides playing lacrosse?
A: I got a sewing machine for Christmas and I’ve been on a spree ever since. As an avid roller coaster enthusiast, I’ve been to all major theme parks in the Northeast. My roommate Billy Ardamis and I play chess on the regular, which sometimes ends violently. I also enjoy a nice game of solitaire.
Q: Have you always been a goalie, or have you played other positions?
A: I played attack for a couple of weeks when I started playing lacrosse in seventh grade. We didn’t have a designated goalie, so my coach had to nominate a new kid every game and hope his parents didn’t have a canary. When it was my turn, I played well, so I decided to stick with it after my coach agreed to let me skip out on the running.
Q: Can you describe your daily routine as a student-athlete?
A: There’s definitely not a lot of down time on weekdays. I usually roll out of bed around 9:15 a.m. just in time for my 9:30 class. During common hour, I head to everyone’s favorite Winnick Dining Hall for some clean eats. Then, I go up and down at practice from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Before my night class, I’ll throw on a Disney movie, maybe Fantasia, it depends. After my night class, I fast until 10 p.m., then I head to Tex-Mex with likeminded males for an enchilada-style burrito at half-price.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete and why?
A: Wayne Gretzky takes the cake for me; he transcended the sport of hockey and he’s Canadian.
Q: Where do you see yourself five years from now? Do you plan to take a shot at the professional level or pursue a career elsewhere?
A: I hear Thailand is pretty rad, but we’ll see. Even if I could play in the pros, I wouldn’t want to be demonized by shooters in the MLL (Major League Lacrosse). Playing goalie in college can be frightening because some shooters can really bring the mustard, but playing goalie in the pros can be a death wish.
Q: What is your favorite part about playing lacrosse?
A: Always trips with the guys, although post-game tailgate food comes in at a close second.