Q. How old were you when you started playing?
A. 6 years old for Towsontown rec council in Baltimore, MD
Q. Who was your favorite athlete (any sport) growing up?
A. Ray Lewis
Q. What was your Play Huge moment in your career?
A. My senior year at UNC, I had 4 goals and 5 ground balls in the 2013 ACC Championship game. This helped us defeat UVA and take home Carolina’s first ACC Championship since 1991.
Q. What song is always on your pregame play list?
A. Jumpman by Drake & Future
Q. What’s your favorite movie?
A. Wedding Crashers
Q. What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?
A. As best you can, try to enjoy the process and the journey of whatever you are doing instead of rushing to the end result.
Q. Who is one person you (past or present) with whom you’d like to have dinner?
A. It would be really entertaining to have a meal with golf legend Arnold Palmer. I have always enjoyed both playing and watching golf, I am sure he would have some great stories to tell. Plus, having a drink named after you is pretty cool.
Q. What’s the one thing you’d like to see changed in your sport?
A. I would like to see college lacrosse adopt some of the MLL rules. Things like the shot clock and 2-point rule would make an already fast-paced game that much more exciting.
Q. Who’s your favorite teammate you’ve ever played with?
A. That is a tough question. I have been very fortunate to play alongside many talented players and gifted leaders. With that in mind, my competitive fire is what drives me and it is cool to see that same fire in someone else. Scott Ratliff is a guy that comes to mind because of that quality. Combine that with confidence, talent and leadership and it’s infectious to be around.
Q. Who is or was the most influential person in helping you on your way to become a professional athlete?
A. My parents have been the biggest influence in my career. Going back to when I was a young kid playing two sports a season, my parents were always incredibly supportive. More importantly, however, is that they were always honest with me and kept it real. If something needed to be said or a conversation needed to happen, they did not shy away from it.
Q. Describe your playing style in three words.
A. Love tough groundballs.
Q. What’s your favorite exercise or drill to do while you’re training and why?
A. A concept that I have developed through college and now playing professional is to try and recreate the same movements / dodges that I would do in a game. I believe that many young players just go outside and shoot at the goal head on from about 10 yards away. While this certainly can be productive, it is more efficient to make all your moves and take the different angle shots that occur regularly in a game. By simulating moves such as a question mark dodge or inside cutting at full speed over and over again, you better acclimate yourself to live game situations.
Q. What’s your favorite pre-game meal?
A. I keep it simple on game day and try to eat a balanced / nutritious meal that will help my performance. Most of the time this will consist of chicken, rice and salad with plenty of water.
Q. Tell us your favorite motivational quote.
A. "Success isn’t owned. It’s leased and rent is due everyday” (J.J. Watt)
Q. If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A. Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. I have gone out there the past two years to play in their annual tournament and I am not sure you can beat it. The games are played at a park at the bottom of Diamondhead Mountain and the views are unreal. The only way to top it would possibly be to play the games directly on the beach.