Kelly Amonte Hiller knows better.
The Northwestern women's lacrosse coach may be friends with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, but Amonte Hiller didn't get any inside scoop on the field at Gillette Stadium before the Wildcats' game against No. 14 Ohio State Saturday.
Belichick's daughter, Amanda, is an Ohio State assistant coach and Amonte Hiller knew Belichick's heart was with the Buckeyes. But that didn't stop the defending national champion Wildcats (10-0), as they beat Ohio State 13-12 in overtime in the second game of a doubleheader at Gillette Stadium -- Syracuse played Harvard in the first game. Erin Fitzgerald scored five goals to put her over 100 for her career and had a career-high six points.
With the Wildcats playing in an NFL stadium for the second consecutive season -- they played at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas last spring -- this trip was a more of a homecoming for Boston natives Amonte Hiller and midfielder Alex Frank.
Frank has recovered nicely from the Patriots loss in the Super Bowl, but the healing process may have taken longer since most of Frank's teammates are from the New York area and are Giants fans.
And Amonte Hiller still lists Patriots quarterback Tom Brady among her top five Boston athletes of all time. So is her brother, Tony on that list?
"I think he would fit in my top five for sure," she said.
Here are Amonte Hiller's top five Boston pros in no particular order (except for Larry Bird). And her brother, Tony, among them, of course.
1. Larry Bird, Celtics: "My No. 1 hands down. I was a huge fan of his growing up.
2. Bobby Orr, Bruins: "My brother had a house next door to him on the Cape a few years back and we got to know him."
3. Tom Brady, Patriots: "He is just amazing and my brother and I are huge fans of his."
4. Karen Smyers, triathlete: "I am a big triathalon fan in Karen Smyers, who is from the Boston area."
5. Tony Amonte, ex-Blackhawk: "He's always been a role model for me and always drove me to be my best growing up."