MLAX Senior Reflections: B.J. Grill

April 14, 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?
RG: My younger brother Nick committing to Marquette. It validates the culture that this senior class helped manifest. I can’t wait for him to have a similar life changing career.

What is your most memorable experience with team?
RG: Disney World last year was absolutely incredible. We got to spend a whole week with each other in the happiest place on earth. Nothing can top that.

What’s the best advice a coach has given you?
RG: Coach Amplo always says to me “Don’t do too much, trust your teammates”. I think it has allowed me to trust unconditionally and make myself more accessible.

Whats the best advice a teammate as given you?
RG: Jake Richard told me to always play for something bigger than myself. I use that now in everything I do and the advice has helped me become more selfless and motivated.

Whats the best advice you could offer future Marquette lacrosse players
RG: Immerse yourself into the Milwaukee lifestyle. Lacrosse is going to be a huge aspect of your life, but let what happens on the field stay on the field. When you are done with practice, create time to adventure into the depths of Milwaukee with your best friends. Go to brunch on Sundays, go spend a day at Bradford beach, go get Kopps custard, and enjoy what Milwaukee offers.

6. What has motivated you?
RG: 2 things
a. I was always told that I was too short to be a Division I defenseman. Every time I step on the field I play back in my head when people have said that to me.
b. My family. I step on the field to make my mom, dad, step dad proud. Before every game I think of the experiences me, my sister Sarah, and brothers Gus and Nick have been through. I love the heck out of all of them.

7. Most memorable game? Why?
RG: Notre Dame 2014. We lost, but boy did we compete. It was the first time we gave a top tier program a run for four quarters. I think it gave us a taste of what level of competition we can play at and set the bar higher for our program.

8. Describe how you felt during your very first practice or team activity.
RG: Clueless. I had no idea, my teammates had no idea, I don’t even think the coaching staff had an idea that first day. It was a figure it out on the fly type of operation and made it an adventure.

9. Describe how you felt before your first game/Has that feeling changed?
RG: The first game was euphoric and filled with fear. After a year and a half of practice I felt like I lost what putting on a jersey felt like. Now game days feel like Christmas morning and I get so excited to play with my best friends and represent Marquette.

10. It’s still in the program’s infancy, but do you feel a rivalry developing with any opponents you have played?
RG: I felt a Hofstra growing but unfortunately we didn’t play them this year. Other than them I would say Georgetown.

11. How do you think you’ve changed as a player or person over your career at Marquette?
RG: Marquette has enabled me to become more self-aware and has helped me develop an identity I am confident in. Marquette has also taught me that I can achieve anything I want to.

12. What have you learned that you will take with you as you move on from MU?
RG: Things happen in life. Those individual instances do not shape you, but how you respond dictates the outcome. In a simple equation: Event + Response = Outcome (E+R=O)

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