Feb. 15, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- In preparation for this weekend's game against Minnesota Duluth, UWBadgers.com caught up with senior Lauren Unser to get her take on the Badgers' matchup against the Bulldogs at LaBahn Arena.
Q: How important were last week's games, not only to win, but to have the whole team play well, as we head into the final stretch of the regular season?
Unser: Getting the puck in the net gave us a lot of energy. I think having created that energy and having it carry over will be really important for us this weekend.
Q: Earlier we had some trouble getting the offense going against Minnesota Duluth, what types of things has the team been working on this week in getting ready to play the Bulldogs again?
Unser: During the beginning of the season we had such a new team and throughout the course of the year we've grown a lot. We've been working on our forechecking over the past couple of weeks, so if we utilize everything we've been working on in practice we should do well.
Q: Your parents, and your family dog, Lady, have been to a lot of games, road trips and team events. How much has their support helped not only you, but also your teammates, while you've been at Wisconsin?
Unser: My parents have tried to make it to every series we've had, and they have made it to everyone this year, they've been awesome. With me being a senior, it has been really fun to have them there and for them to see every rink, like going up to North Dakota and see the Ralph. And Lady, the whole team loves to see Lady, me especially. It's nice having a part of home when my parents are around, especially when we're on the road.
Q: With this being senior weekend, what does it mean to you to look back and reflect on your four years at Wisconsin?
Unser: It's honestly been the best four years of my life. I'll take a lot of memories away from it, but at the same time it's very bitter-sweet. I don't want to leave this amazing team and program; but we still have a few more weeks left here and we're hoping to go as far as we can. Looking back, it's been the best four years I could ever ask for and I've made some of the best friends.
Q: What are some of your favorite memories from your time with the team?
Unser: Obviously winning the national championship stands out. Honestly, just the friendships that I've made been the best; coming to the rink every day and seeing your friends and teammates and having a good time are memories I'll never forget.
Q: Yesterday was Valentine's Day, did you do anything special?
Unser: Actually, no. I celebrated Valentine's Day on Wednesday. I went to dinner with my boyfriend to Prime Quarter, where you get to grill your own steak, so that was a lot of fun. Yesterday, I kind of just hung out and did homework on Valentine's Day, it was pretty fun!
Puck drop for the games this weekend is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Fans can follow the action using the Women's Hockey Gameday Live Page.