MLAX Senior Reflections: Matt Barone

April 7, 2016

The Marquette University men's lacrosse team boasts the largest senior class in all of NCAA Division I, with five fifth-year seniors included among the first 19 four-year players in program history. Members of the senior class took some time to reflect on their careers in Milwaukee and the program they helped build from the ground up.

1. What is your proudest moment as a Marquette lacrosse player?
MB: Hopefully it occurs at the end of this season.

2. What is your most memorable experience with the team?
MB: Most memorable experience with the team is the diving competition some of us had in Disney. Has nothing to do with lacrosse but it was one of the hardest I’ve laughed in my entire life.

3. What’s the best advice one of your coaches at MU has given you? What have they taught you?
MB: Coach Amplo has said from the beginning that the most important things in life are the relationships that you built.  I’ve tried to strengthen my relationships with my teammates each day.

4. What’s the best advice a teammate has given you?
MB: Can’t think of anything.  Maybe “Enjoyyyyy” by Jordan Greenfield.

5. What’s the best advice you could offer future Marquette lacrosse players?
MB: Like number 3, I would say try to build relationships with your teammates, because the years go by fast and the stronger the relationship, the better chance you’ll catch up and reminisce with that person 10, 20, or 30 years down the road.

6. What has motivated you?
MB: I want to look back at the program and be proud of what I was able to create with my teammates, with the hope that the culture we’ve established is one that will live on for decades to come.

7. Most memorable game? Why?
MB: First win at Air Force.  We had no idea when we were going to win our first game, so it was a great feeling of relief and accomplishment, especially against a respectable program.  Coach Amplo was out of control in the locker room.  We all were.

8. Describe how you felt during your very first practice or team activity.
MB: Overwhelmed.  I got kicked out of the first 3 lifts for not following directions and wasn’t sure if I was ever going to survive one from start to finish.

9. Describe how you felt before your first game. Has that feeling changed?
MB: First game was a lot of nerves and fear because we truly had no idea if we were any good. After a few seasons, the fear has been replaced with excitement.

10. It’s still in the program’s infancy, but do you feel a rivalry developing with any opponents you have played?
MB: Georgetown

11. How do you think you’ve changed as a player or person over your career at Marquette?
MB: I’ve developed a greater perspective on the important things in life.  I’ve also developed thicker skin, and lastly, I am able to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable.  

12. What have you learned that you will take with you as you move on from MU?
MB: See question 3.

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