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TEN QUESTIONS FOR SENIOR DEFENDER TIFFANY DEINZER
Q: You have led the nation in defensive saves all season. How cool is it to be able to say that you are the best in the entire country at something?
Tiffany Deinzer: Itís pretty cool. I never thought before this year that I would ever be able to say that about anything. It kind of just snuck up on me. I assumed that after the first week I would never be able to say it again, but I just kept getting them.
Q: In just one year, youíve got more than twice your three-year career total of defensive saves. How do you explain your surge?
TD: I really donít know. I feel like we got a lot more aerial shots on corners this year, and that [goalie] Ashley Benitez was down logging for them, so I was up and I could just hit them out as I saw them coming in. That would be my only explanation.
Q: Youíre from
TD: I really wanted to play field hockey, and UMBC offered me that opportunity and it offered me the chance to be close to Washington, D.C., which has really helped me get internships in [my major] political science. And once I came here, I loved the girls, I loved the campus, and it just ended up being a great fit Ė an unexpected fit because I was already close to making a decision when Coach Hartman called me and asked me to come out for a visit.
Q: What will you miss most about UMBC after you graduate?
TD: Iím definitely going to miss my team most of all. You get so close with a group of people after awhile, and it will be lonely without them.
Q: Do you plan to stay involved in field hockey at all post-graduation?
TD: Eventually, yeah, Iíd like to coach. Itís something I love to do. Iím sure Iíll play on the side with club teams. But I would like to get a job, hopefully in legislative affairs in D.C., or for a state government. Iím also interested in applying for an internship position with the NCAA and working in athletic departments.
Q: What are your emotions now that your collegiate field hockey career is over?
TD: Itís sad. I feel like there are so many things left that I wanted to do with the team. Iím so grateful to have had this experience. I know so many people never get to do what Iíve done. But I always want more. If I could stay another year, Iíd do it in a heartbeat.
Q: What would you say is your greatest asset on the field?
TD: My perseverance. Iíll never give up on myself, and I hope the girls on my team knew that I would never give up on them at all. No matter how many times I would get beat, I would do my hardest to get back in the play. Iím sure my coach would say my voice [is my greatest asset] because Iím always talking.
Q: What has been your favorite moment on the field?
TD: I would have to say it was this year when we beat
Q: Whatís something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
TD: Probably that Iím a closet softie. I put up this tough, mean front, as my teammates can attest to. Iím the first one to yell at them when theyíve messed up. But in the end, Iím the first person to cry at a sappy commercial or at a human interest piece on The Today Show.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
TD: I like to read a lot. I like to shop, and I love to travel. Itís probably what I would love to do more than anything. My favorite place that Iíve gone most recently would be