MLAX Senior Reflections: Henry Nelson



April 12, 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?
HN: I have had many proud moments so far as a Marquette lacrosse player, but my instincts tell me that my proudest moment is yet to come.

2. What is your most memorable experience with the team?
HN: My most memorable experience with the team was the trip down to Florida last year during spring break. We were able to visit Disney World as a team and practice at the ESPN sports complex down there. The whole team was together during the trip and it was special to experience that with my teammates.

3. What’s the best advice one of your coaches at MU has given you? What have they taught you?
HN: Fully engage yourself in each challenge you find yourself in. Take time to analyze the challenge and figure out what you need to do in order to overcome that challenge. Learn from your failures and value success when you overcome adversity.

4. What’s the best advice a teammate has given you?
HN: Remain confident in uncomfortable situations.

5. What’s the best advice you could offer future Marquette lacrosse players?
HN: If I could offer some advice to future Marquette lacrosse players, it would be to buy into the process, put trust in the coaching staff and leaders on the team, and do whatever is asked of you to keep the Marquette culture alive and help the program improve.

6. What has motivated you?
HN: The opportunity to play Division I lacrosse at a great university. The coaching staff and my teammates have played a significant role in motivating me during my time at Marquette.

7. Most memorable game? Why?
HN: First win in program history, my freshman year against Air Force. We were going up against a top-20 team in the country and it was only our second game, so it was special to get a significant win.

8. Describe how you felt during your very first practice or team activity.
HN: I felt anxious and excited, mostly because I wanted to get ready to get to play and work with my teammates and coaching staff.

9. Describe how you felt before your first game. Has that feeling changed?
HN: Before my first game I felt nervous and excited, didn’t really know what to expect until I got out on the field in my first shift. Since then, I have become more comfortable and confident before the games and mostly excited to get out and compete.

12. It’s still in the program’s infancy, but do you feel a rivalry developing with any opponents you have played?
HN: Ohio State, Georgetown, Villanova

13. How do you think you’ve changed as a player or person over your career at Marquette?
HN: During my career as a student-athlete at Marquette, I feel that I’ve grown more mature as a person through my experiences in situations where I’ve faced challenges. This has helped me develop as a player and become more confident on the field.

14. What have you learned that you will take with you as you move on from MU?
HN: It would mostly tie back to fully engaging in challenging situations and working to remain confident in those situations in order to overcome adversity.

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