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Two-minute drill: Alysa Xavier






Georgetown, Guyana

How long have you been playing field hockey?

I've been playing field hockey since I was around 12. We started so late because we didn't have little sticks at home, so until we were able to hold out a hockey stick in your one arm without letting drop, we were able to play.

Have you always played as a goalkeeper?

I've been a goalkeeper since I was 13. But I was a field player before I was a goalie. My teammate, who was goalie at that time, dropped out during a crucial time in our indoor hockey tournament, and I told my coach, "Put me in, I'll gear up and play keeper." After I did, he never let me gear down.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I had played many sports growing up. Squash, cricket, table tennis, soccer, badminton. You name it, I probably played it.

What's your favorite Miami memory?

Our game in the finals this last weekend. We lost the finals, but I could not have been more proud of my teammates and the character we portrayed on that field. We didn't go home with a trophy, but we won in all other aspects of that game.

If you could spend a day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

If I could spend a day with someone I'd probably spend it with Mitch Albom or Wilbur Smith. Two of my favorite authors whose brains I'd like to get into to see their thought processes.

Who is your funniest teammate?

It would definitely have to be Angela [Amon]. She's just a happy camper and she could make you laugh on your worst days.

Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

I like to match my socks or shorts with my headbands, and I think everyone has a favorite team jersey they like to play in. Mine just happens to be my grey one.

What's something people don't know about you?

I'm the eighth child of 11 siblings.

If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?

Selective mind reading would be my superpower if I could have one.