How were you introduced to lacrosse?
I first started playing lacrosse when I was 12 years old after being introduced to the game by a family friend. I instantly fell in love with the sport; the speed, physicality and skill required to excel in lacrosse were all huge drawing cards for me.
What’s the first 90 minutes of your day look like?
The first 90 minutes of a weekday for me is jammed fuel of yawning, caffeine, driving and working. I wake up around 5:40am and conduct the usual morning rituals (quick rinse, pack some lunch aka leftovers, brush my teeth ect.) and then get on the road and arrive at my work at 6:30am. The rest of my 90 minutes is spent doing equal parts work stuff and equal parts drinking coffee.
How was the transition from the Bayhawks to the Blaze?
The transition has been as smooth as possible. The Blaze organization is very similar to the Bayhawks organization in that they operate very professionally and put a special emphasis on taking care of their players and personal. I’ve felt welcome since I’ve arrived in Atlanta and the young and tenacious group of guys I share the locker room with put a huge emphasis on the team aspect of our development.
What's one personal goal and one overall team goal for the 2017 Major League Lacrosse season with the Atlanta Blaze?
It’s always been a personal goal since I’ve been in the league to make it to MLL All-Star weekend however the biggest goal of all, and where all of my time and energy gets dedicated, is to winning the Steinfeld Cup!
What's your current stick setup for the 2017's, Major league lacrosse season?
I’m currently using the ECD Carbon Pro defense shaft with a Warrior Regulator Max head and ECD Hero Mesh and strings.
What do you look for in your pockets?
I like a mid to high pocket with a well-defined channel and a generous amount of whip. I like a pocket that gives me superior feel and allows me to get the ball out of my stick with accuracy and efficiency every time.
How do you tape your sticks?
I typically tape the bottom of my pole about 10” up the handle and then I have a few rings of tape roughly around the middle of my shaft for my top hand placement.
What would we find in your gear bag? All of my 2017 Atlanta Blaze team gear (Cascade R helmet, Warrior Evo Collection gloves and arm pads, NB Freeze cleats), as well as plenty of warm up equipment (stretching bands and foam roller), trusty screwdriver, sour gummi bears, Beats By Dre wireless headphones, multiple cliff bars, Epsom salts and excessive amounts of Motive Pure.
Is there anything unique about your gear?
I’ve always played with black sticks so my shaft, head and mesh are always all black!
What’s a workout every athlete should be doing (but which few are)?
Something that has helped my game immensely is footwork and agility drills. Short, sharp, explosive running has so many applications for lacrosse players of every level. This season I’ve been working with Jay Dyer to get myself prepared for the stresses and strains of the MLL summer. Jay’s years of experience dealing with lacrosse athletes at the top of their game makes his input invaluable and it’s certainly been paying dividends on my performances so far.
Favorite pregame/post meal?
For pregame meals, I traditionally like to keep it light. Something low GI and high protein is ideal. Chipotle is definitely a favorite and then something a bit lighter in an acai/pitaya bowl closer to game time I love getting involved with some chipotle and then a nice acai or pitaya bowl to follow. I’m also a type 1 diabetic so my diet is always a focal point for me and
Are you superstitious?
I wouldn’t say I’m a very superstitious person. I like to follow a few pregame rituals but they developed from force of habit, not superstition.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
I always put my cleats on and lace them up exactly the same way before the game starting with my left foot. I also like to listen to a lot of music in my pre game routine and I’ll also always tape my game stick fresh.
What was the toughest moment in your life? How’d it shape you?
One of the toughest moments I’ve faced was when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was only 12 years old and struggled to come to grips with the very juvenile but natural question of ‘why me?’ My parents educated me to just adopt and persist throughout challenging times. I learned that a lot of things are out of our control and that the important part is to figure out how to make what you do have work.
What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?
My dad always stressed to me the importance of a good work ethic. I think as I’ve gotten older and increasingly more competitive I can appreciate more than ever the skills and traits that cannot be inherited but instead only worked for.
What's the best piece of advice you could give to a young Defenseman looking to have success on the field?
Work hard, keep working, and never be content. Find your niche and transform it into a strength of your game.
Growing up, who was your biggest inspiration?
I was, and forever will be, a huge fan of Mohammad Ali. He has inspired people of different races, cultures, demographics, genders, ages and beliefs to confront their adversities head on and work towards a greater good.
What's your favorite thing to do outside of the sport?
The MLL takes up so much of an athlete’s free time, which can be very sparse in the summer months as is. Outside of lacrosse I spend a lot of my time traveling with friends and family; I’m always on the hunt for a new beach and a new adventure.
What’s your career outside of the sport?
I work as a project manager for a geothermal drilling company.
What's your favorite Australian dish?
I think the Australian cuisine I miss the most when I’m away from home would have to be fresh seafood cooked on the barbeque or Tim Tam’s, which are an Australian chocolate biscuit delicacy.