By Jake Mulick
Q. The lacrosse pre-season and workouts have been going on for a little over a month now. How do you think the team is shaping up?
A. So far we’re looking really solid. We have nine seniors who are all very serious about lacrosse and talented, as a team we have a chemistry that hasn’t been prevalent in previous years.
Q. Does the team feel any pressures or expectations after the unprecedented success that occurred throughout the 2012 season?
A. The only pressure that we experience is the pressure we put on ourselves, after losing only four players we realize our potential and I think every single player has set their sights on bringing home a conference championship and making some serious strides in the county and state tournaments, the only difference from last year is that we are coming into a season of greatness. We’ve had a great preseason and arguably one of the hardest. The team recognizes our opportunity and no one is complaining about the extra work we’ve been putting in whether it be in the snow or rain everyone is ready to work for our goals.
Q. Other than yourself who are some players that you expect to step up and become leaders on this team?
A. The key is going to be the juniors and the underclassmen, the seniors are of course the base of the team and we’re all leaders and a tight group that’s been playing together since middle school. Other players, such as (Mike) Wasik and (Kevin) Gray on defense are going to be the essential finesse that’s going to help us move from a good team to a great team. We need everyone to build around our senior leadership so the team as a whole can fire on all cylinders.
Q. Do you have any plans for lacrosse after high school?
A. I’ll be attending the University of Michigan on a lacrosse scholarship so as soon as the season ends its back to the gym to get my body shaped up to the division one level. It will be a lot of work. Michigan lacrosse, just like the Caldwell program, has been growing and I’m excited to be a part of the beginning of what is sure to be a very strong program at a historically powerful athletic institution.
Q. As you leave James Caldwell High School to the division one level what do you think you’ll remember the most from the time you spent with the Caldwell lacrosse program?
A. I’ll remember the good times on and off the field, we’re a really tight family and every year I look forward to the season not only for the playing, but also for the time we spend together as a team together whether it be through bus rides or pasta parties. This senior year is also sure to be a memorable one.