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Talking with LI Lizards Max Seibald

Kidsday reporters interviewed Long Island Lizards player Max

Kidsday reporters interviewed Long Island Lizards player Max Siebald (played High School lax in Hewlett) after his game played at Randall's Island. Kidsday reporters are (l) Nico Orlando, Amanda Rattigan, Aidan Gentilesco and Anthony Zacarro, all from Rall Elementary School in Lindenhurst. (June 13, 2013). Credit: Newsday Patrick Mullooly

We interviewed Hewlett native and Long Island Lizards star midfielder Max Seibald after a recent game.

What is your biggest accomplishment in lacrosse?

The biggest accomplishment so far in lacrosse would probably be the 2010 World Championships in Manchester, England, with Team USA.

What made you want to join the Lizards?

I grew up on Long Island, so I've always grown up breathing and playing in my own backyard for the Lizards representing where I came from.

While playing lacrosse, are you exposed to a lot of injuries?

Absolutely. I've been playing for quite some time now, and I've had a lot of injuries. I hurt my knee, hurt my arm, I've recently just recovered from a broken foot, I've separated my shoulder, lots of bumps and bruises all over every game. So it's a very rough game, but I love it.

Do you visit Pennsylvania often for Camp Starlight?

That's where I first began playing lacrosse, at Camp Starlight. I grew up going to camp every summer. I was 6 when I first started playing.

What was it like being captain of the World Lacrosse Championship in 2010?

That was one of my memorable moments in lacrosse -- beating Canada while wearing the red, white and blue representing my country was an amazing feeling. It was my first big-time championship. We got a gold medal, and it will remind me of that memory for the rest of my life.

Why did you want to be a midfielder?

I like to run. A midfielder is not the most glorious position, but you're up and down the field and you make a lot of contact and you get to be in control of the game, especially in this league. Running from the midfield is a lot of fun. I get to play offense and defense.

Did you ever think you would wind up playing lacrosse as a professional?

That was my dream, and I did what I could. I put in a lot of work to get to that point and it was a dream, I set a goal and I did a lot to keep that goal. It took a lot of work, a lot of time and a lot of effort, but I made it and I'm going to continue to put in that time and that effort so that I can maintain my game and stay at the top.

What awards did work the hardest for?

When I first came into college, my coach told me that I was going to be one of the best players in the country by the end of my senior year. Fortunately enough, my last year I won the Tewaaraton Trophy award, which meant I was the best player in college. For me that was a very special opportunity. The coach set a goal for me early on in my career and I was able to achieve it.

Has 42 always been your lacrosse number?

In high school I was 18, and when I was being recruited, my coach basically promised me that I would get 18 in college. He wrote a note and when I got there he asked the team who wanted 18. A bunch of us raised our hands. Somebody else got it. I ultimately picked 48 and then I went back into the locker room and our goalie was 47, he wanted to be the highest number. So the only number left was 42, and I've stuck with it since.

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