April 17, 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?
Blaine Fleming: When we beat No. 6 Villanova, 11-3
2. What is your most memorable experience with the team?
BF: Our first win against Air Force
3. What's the best advice one of your coaches at MU has given you? What have they taught you?
BF: Our coaching staff has taught our team many things off of the field. When Jerry Nobile's father passed away in the summer of 2013, he e-mailed us and explained his theory that "you can miss a wedding but you can never miss a funeral." That is something that has stuck with me and will always stay with me.
4. What's the best advice a teammate has given you?
BF: Not to take anything for granted because it is over before you know it.
5. What's the best advice you could offer future Marquette lacrosse players?
BF: Appreciate every moment. Do not take any single day for granted.
6. What has motivated you?
BF: My teammates motivate me and push me to get better every day because every day is a new competition.
7. Most memorable game? Why?
BF: Most memorable game was the Georgetown game my sophomore year. We were down 9-1 at half and ended up winning in OT and that was a huge milestone in our program.
8. Describe how you felt during your very first practice or team activity.
BF: It was a wake up call to what college lacrosse is all about.
9. Describe how you felt before your first game. Has that feeling changed?
BF: Before my first game I was anxious and excited. I could not wait to step on that field wearing Marquette on my chest. I have had that same exact feeling before every game in my career.
10. It's still in the program's infancy, but do you feel a rivalry developing with any opponents you have played?
BF: Yes, every year, our game against Georgetown is an absolute battle. We go head to head with them every competition no matter how good either opponent is.
11. How do you think you've changed as a player or person over your career at Marquette?
BF: I have matured greatly as a man and as a player. Coach Amplo has been something like an on-campus father to me and my teammates and has taught us many lessons on how to be men.
12. What have you learned that you will take with you as you move on from MU?
BF: Take nothing for granted. Life is short.
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