Getting to know….Gabby Ford
Meet Gabby Ford, a sophomore acounting major from New York. Ford is a force to be reckoned with on the turf, leading the Lady Colonels to a 6-2 record. The N.Y. Jet fan has a crush on Channing Tatum, and once wanted to be an ice cream seller. Ford talked about her most embarrassing moment, to her proudest.
Hometown: Elmont, N.Y.
When did you know lacrosse was your sport?
I would say when I was in 10th grade. That was around the same time I got a new high school coach who basically helped me fall in love with the sport. She saw that I had potential and basically took me under her wing.
Was it always a dream to play lacrosse in college?
Yea kind of. I played basketball in high school too so the fact that I’m even playing a sport in college is a blessing itself.
Why did you pick Wilkes over other schools to play lacrosse?
I got a vibe that all the other schools I got recruited by just ate, slept and breathed lacrosse all year long. Although I absolutely love lacrosse, I wasn’t sure how well I would do with that type of commitment. I knew Coach Towey was really cool and understanding when it came to school.
Any superstitions before you play?
(Laughs) Well it’s kind of corny but I try to watch an inspirational sports movie before a game whether it’s the night before or just a couple hours. A couple of my favorites are, “Coach Carter,” “Love and Basketball,” and definitely “Miracle.” They get me pumped and ready to play.
Favorite memory of lacrosse?
Our team went to Washington, D.C. this past spring break and it was so much fun. We did so many awesome activities and it really brought the team closer. We went 2-0 that break!
What are your goals for your lacrosse career?
Definitely to become Conference Champions. I would love to help my team get there.
Any Specific way you approach your game?
I usually don’t care who we are playing. I just go out there with a winning mentality because if I give up it can be a domino effect.
What awards or accomplishments are you proud from in high school?
I received Female Athlete of the Year when I was a senior.
Any pre-match meals or drinks you like to have?
Oh yes, definitely peanut butter. My team makes fun of me because they say I have a weird obsession but it’s high in protein and delicious. You can’t get better than that.
Any embarassing moments while playing lacrosse?
I scored on my own goalie once in high school. I got the ball and tried passing it back to my goalie and it kind of missed her stick! So embarassing!
Did you play any other sports in high school? Did you consider them to play after high school?
Yeah, I played Varsity basketball all through out high school. Even though lacrosse is becoming more popular, basketball is much more popular therefore more competitive. I knew in the end that I had more
opportunities as a lacrosse player.
Who is your celebrity crush?
I have a bunch of crushes but Channing Tatum takes the number No. 1 spot haha
Who is your favorite athlete?
Tim Tebow for sure! He’s one-of-a-kind and just an overall good person. He played a game with a broken leg! If that’s not heart, I don’t know what is.
Who is your favorite team?
The New York Jets! Gang Green all the way!
What is your favorite saying?
I don’t discriminate. I love all foods (laughs).
Any of the old Disney princess movies. They’re classics!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Invisibility. I would pull so many pranks on my siblings and friends, it’d be great!
What did you want to grow up and be when you were little?
Honestly, I thought the ice cream man had the greatest job in the world.
If you had to pick a place to live for the rest of your life, where would it be? Why?
When I get older and am done with everything I’ve wanted to do in my life, I want to live on a beach and I don’t care where (laughs). As long as it’s warm and the water is beautiful, I will be more than happy.