An interview with men’s lacrosse captain Will MacGillivray, from November 2016
Name and Year: Will MacGillivray, 2nd Year
Sport: Men’s Lacrosse
How was last year for your sport at Royal Holloway?
Last year was a great year. We had just been promoted, so we knew we were in for a fight to stay up, as the club had lost few key players. We started out very strong, winning our first two matches with ease. Then it got a little tougher, and the challenge with that was to get our mind-set correct so we could forget about the past and focus on playing the way we usually do. We signed off with a couple of wins and played well enough to stay up, which was our original goal.
What are you aiming for this year?
Seeing as we lost a lot of our team from last year, I would say the goal is for everyone to take their game to the next level, and develop. Returners from last year should be focusing on taking a bigger role and being leaders in the team, while newcomers should be focusing on their stick skills, such as throwing and catching. It’s a big transition period.
What would you say is the best thing about sport at Royal Holloway?
The people you meet, without question. It’s great to be a part of something, and to make friends playing a sport you love. The people I’ve met here certainly know how to have a great time, regardless whether we win or lose.
What do any new members have to look forward to when they join?
Being part of a fun, social club that love to go out. While it does take a week or two to get to know all the people who have been in the club for a while already, when you do get to know them it makes you realise how fun they are.
What is the best/funniest thing that has happened to you while playing at Royal Holloway?
A couple of weeks ago we were in a tightly contested match, and we were down by a few. We scored enough to tie it up and then my friend Alex, who had joined last year and had never picked up a stick before, went and scored the winning goal in the dying seconds. I was incredibly proud because I knew how hard he had been working to achieve something like that. He took extra time to do one-on-one sessions with me just so he could improve. Seeing players like that with the drive and desire to always improve makes me happy.
This article was published in our November 2016 issue.