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Fun Facts: Darien’s Andy Demopoulos

Darien goaltender Andy Demopoulos makes a save during Saturday’s win over New Canaan. (Mark Conrad)

A new Fun Facts with Darien lacrosse goaltender Andy Demopoulos.

What has been your biggest accomplishment as a team this season? How did you work together to achieve it? I think the biggest accomplishment of our team thus far has been our ability to re-learn some of the concepts we may have lost from our lost season. We have the best coach in the country who makes it easy for us to work together to achieve it. 

What are you most looking forward to when you play for Brown? I’m looking forward to meeting a new group of guys. I’m also excited to build new connections with my teammates and student body. Also learning to win with a new group of guys is something I’m really looking forward to. 

When did you realize you wanted to play in college and what steps did you take from there? I probably realized I wanted to play in college when I was in 8th grade. It took up a lot of my time and I was gifted with great connections so it would only seem right pursuing that path. I made sure I worked hard in school and kept playing the game as much as I possibly could.

How does your team stay focused and positive during a game? How do you pick each other up and work together? We’re taught to have a short memory. Coach (Jeff Brameier) preaches the importance of what you do after your mistake is what matters. Everyone makes sure the guy next to them isn’t hanging their head after a mistake but rather giving them the support to make a better decision next time around.  

What type of music do you listen to before and after a game? I like to listen to EDM or rap before games. After a win the team heads to the locker room and celebrates our “win song,” which differs every year. 

Does your team have any rituals before/after a game? Darien lacrosse is full of rituals and traditions both before and after games. After our circle stretches, our entire team jumps and shoulder bumps a player. It’s a way we get excited before a game. After games we always enjoy our win song and Coach B’s postgame talks. 

How did you overcome the loss of last season to COVID-19? It was definitely difficult to overcome, but I didn’t let COVID-19 become an excuse for me to put my stick down. I saw it as an opportunity to become a better lacrosse player. With all the free time I had it was easy to find time to get shot on. However, the loss of last season was something I’ll never forget. It’s hard to try to keep it off your mind when you’re so used to playing every spring. 

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How did you go about the recruitment process? Were you talking to other schools and if so, why did you choose Brown? My recruiting process began on September 1st of my junior year. I was contacted by colleges and then had to narrow down my list and make the right decision academically and athletically. I chose Brown because of its competitive lacrosse program and strong academics. 

Do you have any advice for underclassmen who might want to play in college? One thing I would recommend to anyone trying to play in college is finding a balance between academics and lacrosse. Focusing on one can close the gate to many opportunities you could have had. 

What are your interests outside of lacrosse? I enjoy reading about the stock market and making music. 

Who’s your favorite athlete/inspiration? My favorite athlete is LeBron James because of his incredible work ethic. 

What are you personally hoping to accomplish this season? Ending the season in a pile with my teammates.

— Tasha Taubenheim