Getting to Know...Central Michigan's Paulina Lee
Paulina Lee is a junior midfielder for the Central Michigan Chippewas. A two-time NFHCA All-Academic Choice, Lee is tied for the team lead in assists this year with three. Although she hasn't scored a goal on the season, she did find the back of the net on a key penalty stroke in CMU's shootout victory over Ohio. The Chippewas will spend the weekend in Springfield, Mo. where they will play back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday with conference foe Missouri State.
1. How did you get started playing field hockey?
I started playing field hockey when my older sister began playing while she was in middle school. My earliest memories playing hockey are hitting around in my front yard and at the park with her.
2. What is your favorite beverage/food/dessert?
I don't think I could pick just one type of any kind of food. Like most athletes, I'm always hungry and will pretty much eat anything. Though I do love Asian food-Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc. the most.
3. What's the best part of being a Division I athlete?
If I had to just pick one, I'd say it's the thrill and adrenaline rush you get every game day when you step out onto the field.
4. Who was your greatest athletic influence?
Growing up I played soccer, so Mia Hamm was my idol. Then after Abby Wambach made it big, she moved into my #1 favorite, plus I thought it was so cool that Abby was from my town.
5. What are your pregame rituals?
The one thing that it is imperative for me to have for my pregame ritual is good music. I'm really picky about what music I listen to before a game. It ranges from anywhere to pop, hip-hop, rap, techno, and rock.
6. What is one movie you could watch over and over again and not get sick of?
In general I love action movies. But I'd have to pick The Departed, as my top choice.
7. What is the best class you've taken at (school)?
My favorite class thus far was for my speech competency requirement-TAI 170: Fundamentals of Interpretive Reading. In this class, I got to act, do speeches, and be interactive, which was really fun. I took the class with some teammates and also met some people who are still my close friends today, just because of that class.
8. Why did you choose Central Michigan?
There were several things I really liked about Central. I liked that the campus was compact, the coaching staff, and the academics. In addition, my Varsity/Club Coach had sent several girls to Central, along with her own daughter, so I was confident I was making a good choice.