We interviewed lacrosse player Max Seibald at the ESPNZone Restaurant in Times Square recently.
Max plays midfield and he will be representing the United States at the World Games this July in Manchester, England. Last year Max won the Tewaaraton Trophy for most Oustanding college lacrosse player (he was a finalist in 2007, his sophomore year!).
Did you always play midfield or did you play other positions?
When I was first introduced to lacrosse I played just about every position including goalie. I first started playing when I was 6 turning 7. When I got into my youth leagues I played mostly midfield. Then when I got into High School I played midfield and attack for my team. In college and professionals I play midfield.
Who introduced you to lacrosse?
Well, I first picked up the game at summer camp and one of my counselors, Dave Karp, who was a football guy but actually brought lacrosse to the camp introduced to me. Ironically, he was also a Cornell graduate himself.
What did you study in college?
My major was applied economics and management with a specialization in finance.
Do you have any other interests / hobbies?
Right now lacrosse is pretty much my life. I love playing it and I love teaching it which is why I just started my own company. It’s called Maximum Lacrosse Camps. I travel all over the country from Long Island all the way out to Denver and Texas. I also love to hang out with my friends. I enjoy sitting home and watching a movie on my couch. I also play basketball with my buddies each week.
What is your most memorable lacrosse experience?
I would have to say beating Virginia in the Final Four. It was an awesome experience. Knowing we were going to the National Championships for an opportunity to be the last team standing was really cool. Beating all the odds when everyone counted us out and we were the only ones on the field that believed we had a chance. That was probably my most memorable.
What do you do to get ready for the season?
I work out with a trainer a lot. I use weights and do a lot of agility work and stretching. That is one thing that has helped me to get to the level I am at. I practice shooting a lot and play wall ball often to tighten my stick skills. I continue to try and get faster, stronger and more skilled all year round.
Who is your favorite athlete?
I would say Derek Jeter is definitely one of the people in sports that I admire most. He is a great leader and role model both on and off the field and consistently gets his job done to the best of his ability day in and day out.
Is lacrosse the only sport you played?
No, I went to sleep away camp when I was younger and I played every sport. I played tennis, soccer, basketball, roller hockey, ran track and football. When I got to high school, my freshman year I played basketball. Then I played football, soccer, ran track and lacrosse.
What team do you play for now?
I play for the Denver Outlaws in the MLL, the Philadelphia Wings for the NLL (indoor league) and I am also a member of Team USA which will represent the USA this summer in Manchester at the World Games.