March 13, 2012
Taylor Burns is a fourth-year member of the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse squad as a longstick midfielder and defender.
The Millersville, Md. native has helped lead the Blue Hens to back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011.
A graduate of Severn School and an economics major at Delaware, Burns entered the 2012 season having scored nine goals in 39 career games. He also has recorded 48 groundballs and 16 caused turnovers.
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1. What are your team and individual goals this season?
This year I do not have any individual goals, mainly because our team motto is "One". The goals of our team are more important than individual accolades and accomplishments. Our team goals are to three-peat the CAA championship and eventually make a run through the NCAA's to the Final Four and National Championship.
2. How did it feel to win your second straight CAA title last season?
Our second CAA title probably meant more to me because of how it took the entire team to win it. We weren't just relying on one or two players. I'm not satisfied with just two championships though, and I'm focused on getting the third now.
3. How did it feel to play a part in your coach's 300th win?
Coach Shillinglaw has been instrumental in all of our lives, so it was really special to be able to do something like that for him.
4. What made you want to study and play lacrosse at Delaware?
I chose Delaware because of the tradition in sports and academics. Also, being from Maryland I knew it would be easy for my parents to be able to attend most of my games, which was a huge selling point for me.
5. What is your major, and why did you choose it?
I am an economics major. When I came to Delaware I was Undeclared and after a few different classes it just felt like the right fit for me.
6. What sport would you play if not lacrosse?
If I did not play lacrosse, I would probably play football. I grew up playing since the first grade and it was a huge part of my life, but lacrosse was always my first sport.
7. What does it mean to you to be named captain during your senior year?
To be named captain was an incredible honor to me because of all the leaders we have on the team. To have the opportunity to lead such a dedicated team is something I really look forward to.
8. What has been your favorite class here?
My favorite class at the university was Econ315--Economics of Colonial America. It was unlike any other economics course I have taken.
9. What are your plans after college?
After college, I plan to move to the Baltimore or Washington D.C. area to work and possibly coach lacrosse. I have a lot of family in those areas so it would be ideal to be near them.
10. What has been your most memorable experience been at the university?
My most memorable experience was winning our second CAA championship. I have never played on a team that was so close and worked so hard, and to see that pay off was extraordinary.
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