By Maddie Davis

How did you become interested in lacrosse?
Believe it or not, there’s actually a baby picture of me just coming home from the hospital. My dad, [Trent], actually put a stick in my hands. It’s me lying in a crib with a stick, so I guess ever since the day I was born I had it in my hand. … I played in Sykesville, my rec area, and then moved on to club, high school, college and now professionally, so I’ve pretty much been playing my whole life.

What were some of the clubs and programs you played in growing up?
Freedom [Lacrosse] was kind of like my rec. The Freedom Patriots were based out of the Carroll County, Sykesville area, where I’m from. Then moving on to club teams, I tried out for the Crabs, the BLC Crabs. I played for the Crabs for a little while, which was a cool experience, playing for really good coaches like Tom Alderman and stuff. Once I committed to Syracuse, actually, I got a chance to play for the Sweetlax team in New York, which was a cool experience. I got to play with some ‘Cuse commits, which was cool.

What are your favorite memories from your time at Boys’ Latin?
Obviously probably the 2014 season, winning the national championship. Being No. 1, that was a cool one. I’d probably say football season my junior year, too, beating St. Paul’s, which was a crazy game. It was like a 35-34 game in overtime. It was really cool. Fans were rowdy. It was like 4,000 or 5,000 people. There were a lot of people for a B Conference game, but it was a neat experience, for sure.

Why did you choose to go to Maryland after originally going to Syracuse?
I chose to go to Maryland because it’s my home state — born and raised 30, 35 minutes down the road. Just had a change of heart and wanted to play for the home state, wanted to run out behind the flag before every game, wanted to play for the alum and stuff, play for something bigger than myself there.

Who was a player you looked up to when you first got to Maryland?
I had the luxury of coming in [and learning from] guys like Connor Kelly, Tim Rotanz. Tim Rotanz was “The Professor.” He really showed us how to play the Terp way. He showed us the ropes and how we were to do things the way they needed to be done, which is awesome to have as a younger guy coming in like that with your eyes wide open and being a sponge and listening to everything he has to say before he leaves and goes off and does his own thing, which was really helpful.

What advice would you give to younger players?
Just focus on the moment, 1 percent better. We’re all perfectionists on the field. We want things to be perfect. They’re not always going to be perfect sometimes. You’ve just got to keep chipping away. You’ve got to make the next play. You can’t really focus so much on the past. You’ve got to focus on what’s next and making that next play and just clearing your mind and making that next play.

What are your goals for after lacrosse?
Obviously, I’d like to get into coaching, paying it forward. I’ve had the luxury of playing for some great coaches, Coach Tillman included. I’d like to give off the knowledge that I’ve gained from all those great coaches, keep giving the knowledge forward to the next generation. I’d definitely like to coach.

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