How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
I am from Newport Beach, CA and surprisingly, grew up playing ice hockey. I played from 4 until about 14. A lot of the guys would play this thing called lacrosse in the off season. One day after practice I told my dad I wanted to give it a try and as it turns out, he played club lacrosse in college at the University of Southern California. The rest was history.
What’s the first 90 minutes of your day look like?
It looks like no fun. My alarm goes off at 5 am every day. I am on the road by 5:15where I have an hour commute from Los Angeles to Orange County for work. Leading up to the season and in season I will often get my cardio done in the morning from 6:15 am to around 7am and then start my day.
Growing up we're your a multi-sport athlete or focused strictly on lacrosse?
Multi-sport athlete, which every youth lacrosse player, serious about playing at the next level, should be. It is such a shame when I hear about kids specializing, in any sport. From age 4 until high school I played everything: hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball, football. I did not start playing lacrosse until 7th grade. My freshman year of high school I played football, soccer, and lacrosse. Sophomore year until senior year just football and lacrosse. I would not be the lacrosse player I am today without playing all of those other sports growing up.
What's your current stick setup?
#TheBestTrustStringKing I have a full StringKing set up. My shaft is a Metal 2 165 which is the strongest shaft they make. Perfect for throwing heavy cross checks but still light enough to not be a burden pushing the ball in transition. Currently using a Mark 1 Head but excited to get my hands on the brand new Mark 2.
How do you tape your sticks?
With StringKing tape. I love how they pre-cut it for you. No one else that I know of does that. I usually tape about half way up my stick.
What do you look for in your pockets?
Most important is something that is consistent in all types of weather. During the MLL season you play in all different types of climates and you need a pocket that is going to hold up and throw the same no matter what weather comes your way. I had a lot of trouble finding that before I started using StringKing.
Do you string your own sticks or do you have someone else?
There is only one person I trust with my sticks and that is the man, the myth, the legend... PK Panda. If you want your stick strung by the man who a majority of the Denver Outlaws trust with their sticks, you need PK. Reach out to him on Twitter, @PK_Panda and he will hook you up with that fire.
What would we find in your gear bag?
Warrior gloves, elbow pads (smallest ones possible), new balance cleats, Power Beats3 headphones, always a few protein bars, orange pedialyte (2 every game weekend. One the nigh before games and one the day of), stretching strap, foam roller.
How do you feel the recruiting process has changed since you have been recruited to Lehigh University?
The recruiting process, in my opinion, has gotten completely out of control. I was a late bloomer. In today's recruiting world, if I wanted to play D1, I probably would have had to walk on somewhere. All of my offers came the summer going into my senior year and I committed to Lehigh August before my senior year started. In today's recruiting landscape, I would have been left with very few, if any, options.
What drove to to Lehigh? Were there other offers in the mix?
Kevin Cassese's vision for his program at a tremendous academic institution. When I was being recruited, Lehigh was a below average program with one of the youngest coaches in D1. But the passion and commitment to excellence that Cassese had was contagious. I knew it was something I wanted to be apart of. I had plenty of other offers and would not trade my Lehigh experience for anything. Worked out pretty well for us. patriot League Champions in 2012 and 2013 and two NCAA appearances.
What does your weekly workout regimen consist of?
This is very dependent on what time of year it is. When I am getting in shape for the season I am doing two a days 3-5 times a week. This usually consists of some type of cardio in the morning: Distance running, beach running, hill sprints, stair workouts, on the field footwork, stick work, etc. and then weight lifting in the afternoon. The weightlifting I do is all high intensity interval training or amrap workouts. I love these types of workouts because they are short, usually 45-60 minutes, and they mix strength training with cardio. They are also designed to burn fat and build lean muscle, perfect for lacrosse.
What’s a workout every guy should be doing (but which few are)?
As mentioned, all of my workouts involve HIIT or AMRAPs. Check out the following link, http://the12.com/ This is the gym I workout at 4-5times a week. I am in the best shape of my life because of their workouts.
Favorite pregame/post meal?
Pre game I try to keep it simple. Something with grilled chicken, veggies and complex carbs. Post game, anything and everything.
What is your career outside of the sport?
In the real world, I am the Vice President of Client Services for Alta Holdings, LLC. Alta specializes in forming and managing captive insurance companies for high net worth individuals and middle market companies. My focus is predominately on business development for real estate and real estate related companies.
What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?
"Don't Disappoint," GW Mix. It is simple and can be applied to every facet of life.
What's the best piece of advice you could give to a young Midfielder looking to have success on the field?
Be a complete midfielder. I think this is something that is lost on the youth. You want to impress a college coach or high school coach as a midfielder? Be more than just an offensive threat. Scrap on ground balls, play your hardest on defense, hustle all over the field, fly around everywhere. Being a midfielder is a whole lot more than splitting down the alley and shooting on the run.
Most memorable play and/or goal throughout your career?
It has to be in the semi finals this year against New York. We dressed 6 long poles and two of them got penalties. We were out of poles so Matt Bocklet threw me his pole and I went in as the 4th long pole on man down. They are two men up, take a shot, and it turns into this broken play. I leaked down field, we end up with the ball and one of teammates passes to me around midfield. So we are two men down, and I find myself on a fast break, with a long pole in my hand, that I have never picked up before in my life. Usually when I find myself on a fast break I am hoping the point doesn't slide so I can come down and shoot. In this moment, I am praying for the complete opposite. The point ends up sliding to me, I dish it off to Mike Bocklet, who shoots and scores. So I end up getting an assist, in the semi finals, down two men, with a long pole I have never picked up before in my life. Gotta love 19 man game day rosters.
What does your daily wall ball routine consist of?
I am very fortunate to have an incredible wall at my office and my office shares a parking lot with the gym I go to. Pretty much everyday, for about 10 minutes before I walk over to the gym to get my workout in, I hit the wall. I've been playing lacrosse for now almost 15 years, and I still hit the wall at a minimum of three days a week. If you are lacrosse player in elementary school, high school, or even college, that should be eye opening. Stick skills aren't something that are perfected, they are something that must constantly be worked on.
How do you feel your game has changed mentally and physically since your rookie year?
The mental change has been the biggest. I used to drive myself crazy trying to figure out if I was going to be in or out of the line up, worrying about things that were out of my control. Now, I take a completely different approach. I worry about what I can control and don't let anything else get to me. I know for me, if I am in great shape, everything else will take care of itself.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the sport?
I love spending time with my girlfriend, friends and family. I try to travel as much as possible. I live a few blocks from the beach so I am there often. I am an avid skier, so if there is a storm, you can find me at Mammoth Mountain.
What's one personal goal and one overall team for the 2017 major league lacrosse season with the Outlaws?
My personal goal is always to come into training camp in the best physical shape possible. This sets the tone for the season. As for the Outlaws, the team and the organization are about one goal, winning championships.
Where do you see the MLL in the next ten years?
Hopefully in a position where players are able to do it full time. Once players are making enough money to be year round, professional athletes, I think the sport will make a huge jump.
Who's the biggest character on the Denver Outlaws?
Nick Ossello. Follow him on twitter for a good laugh and questionable rankings - @nickossello.
Can you describe the feeling after winning your first major league lacrosse championship with the Denver Outlaws?
Unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life. The way the season played with a 2-6 start. Having to basically play a road game in the semi-finals playing the defending champion Lizards in Connecticut. The championship game where Ohio jumped out to a huge lead and us being saved by a 2 hour weather delay. To raise that trophy over my head and celebrate with my teammates was one of the most special moments of my life. Truly unforgettable.