There was a lot of serious lax talk at Thursday’s men’s lacrosse media day/practice, but you can never walk away without a few choice quotes that just don’t quite fit into a story. Here are some of the fun notes and quotes that I picked up at Klockner.
“We’re always excited to face Duke. They’ve kind of had our number recently. There are a lot of guys on the team, a lot of alums, a lot of people in Charlottesville that are ready to see us beat Duke.” – Matt Lovejoy
“It’s always fun getting recognized in those type of things. It’s funny, I think I’ve been honored a few years now. I guess I’ve got to thank my parents for that one.” – Steele Stanwick on being honored by Inside Lacrosse for their 2011 All-Name Team.
“I didn’t make it. I got a haircut too quick.” – Stanwick on being left off of the 2011 All-Flow Team. Luckily, Virginia is already well represented.
“[His hair] is coming in, he’s got the nice gold locks.” – Rhamel Bratton on first year defenseman Scotty McWIlliams living up to Ken Clausen’s number and legacy.
“As seniors we do a ‘Last Word.’ Mine’s today, so I’m the first one. That’s just pretty much your experience here and any advice you have for the younger guys, things to come and stuff like that. It’s called the ‘Last Word’ you have at the end of Thursday practice. I have it written down; it’s right here.” – Bratton showing the press his pre-written team speech, which was safely tucked into his shorts. Let’s hope he still had it at the end of practice!
“Adam Ghitelman and I would go out and get sushi the night before every game. We had this weird tradition where they would give us this huge ball of wasabi, and I don’t know how it got started, but I would always have to eat the whole ball of wasabi. The rule was you couldn’t drink water until after the meal was over. We mix it up now, and I’m kind of relieved.” – Bray Malphrus on pregame rituals.
“My club team, the Baltimore Crabs played the Long Island Empire team and I got to meet Adam, Rhamel and Shamel. It was all the kids from the D.C./Baltimore area vs. all the L.I. kids going to Virginia. Baltimore walked away with the win. I don’t know if the L.I. kids will admit that. We remind them every now and then. They claim that the refs kind of skewed it a little bit and as soon as we started winning they pulled their starters, so there are some questions as to whether or not they had their best foot forward.” – Malphrus on meeting his teammates for the first time, and the friendly North-South rivalry on the team.