Dec. 7, 2005
Junior midfielder Dana Dobbie, a native of Guelph, Ontario, took time out to answer some questions about playing for the Bobcats and what she enjoys off the field.
Dobbie, a first-team all-conference pick last season, led the team in scoring with 50 points. She was Ohio's leader in both goals (37) and assists (13). She also paced the Bobcats with 72 draw controls, and led the nation with 5.14 draw controls per game.
1. Why did you choose Ohio?
Linz Hart and Jen Cassidy, former Bobcats and Nation Team Canada members, told their coach about me. I was thrilled with the idea that I could be apart of a program that such prestigious players like Cass and Hart were a part of.
2. What is the best part about playing lacrosse at Ohio?
The best part about playing lacrosse here at Ohio is that I get to practice with a team full of my best friends just about every day. I get to put on a jersey that represents the school I love and the teammates I admire.
3. What are your goals for the upcoming season, both for yourself and for the team?
My personal goals for this season are to recover from my two ankle surgeries I had earlier this year, and be able to go out to practice and push myself and my teammates to our full potential. Team goals for this season are to become the lacrosse team that we all want to be, nad not just to talk about it, but to play like it. I would like us to be able to walk off the field every game knowing that we gave 100 percent and that there was nothing more we could have done, win or lose. Last but not least, we would like to bring home a ALC championship.
4. If you could have dinner with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be and why?
If I could have dinner with any three people, those people would be my grandparents. My Grandma Dobbie because she always supported me whether she was cheering at a lacrosse game or covering her eyes during my hockey games. Grandma Mulhall, who passed when I was pretty young, at an early age she showed me what true faith was and to believe that I was capable of anything I set my mind to. The last person that I would sit down with would be my Grandpa Dobbie. I never had the pleasure of meeting my dad's father. He never missed my dad's games and my dad promises me that he wouldn't have missed any of mine either. I would love just sit down with him and have that conversation I never got to have.
5. What are your interests outside of playing lacrosse?
Outside of lacrosse you can find me engaged in any sporting activity. Whether it's watching other Ohio teams play, coaching or playing other sports. Some of my hobbies would be drawing, playing/listening music, watching movies and just hanging out with friends.
6. If you weren't playing lacrosse, what would you be doing now?
If I didn't play lacrosse, I'd probably be off playing hockey somewhere. Lacrosse is by far my biggest passion but hockey comes second. If I could play both in college I would jump at the opportunity.
7. Who is the funniest person on your team and why?
Our whole team is full of humor, and that's probably the best thing I love about us, but Kari Fasick by far wins this award. If I'm ever in a bad mood or just want to laugh, she would be the first person I'd turn to. If you want her to impersonate animals, people, or anything all you have to do is ask. No bus ride is a boring ride when you have Kari on the bus. Plus who else could I get to dress up as sumo wrestler with me at the Ohio soccer game?
8. Who has been your biggest influence and why?
My biggest influence has been my family. They are the ones that got up at 5 a.m. to drive me to hockey practice, or any other sport I was playing. It was my brother that developed my competitive edge and work ethic. We use to play outside one-on-one until the sun went down, or until I finally beat him. My dad Garry Dobbie coached me my whole life and instead of pressuring me to practice and play, all he did was support me and develop me as an athlete. Mom couldn't have been more supportive from the time I was five and still today. She didn't miss many competitions and allowed me to play all the sports I wanted. When most parents would like their young daughters to continue with Brownies and Girl Scouts, mine didn't hesitate to pull me out when I told them it was interfering with hockey practice. All my aunts and uncles are responsible for my career with the Canadian National Team. They all are the reason I am financially able to train and compete through fundraisers they put on and donations they gave.
9. Outside of text books, what is the last book you read?
The last book I read was the Purpose Driven Life.
10. If your life story was made into a movie, which actress would you pick to play the part of you?
I would pick Rachel McAdams from the Notebook to play me in a movie. I have to support my fellow Canadian from London, Ontario.