MLAX Senior Reflections: Ryan Geller

April 26, 2017

This is part of a series on the Marquette experiences of the men's lacrosse team's 2017 senior class.

Ryan Geller, a marketing major, is a defenseman from Phoenix, Arizona, who is a member of Marquette's man-down defensive unit and the head coach of the Milwaukee Eagles wheelchair lacrosse team.

1. What is the biggest thing you learned from your time at Marquette?

RG: The biggest thing I have learned in my time at Marquette follows the Jesuit motto "Men for Others". It is imperative to put others before yourself. When we focus solely on ourselves we lack the ability to build relationships, we neglect the significance of those around us and close ourselves off.

2. What are you most proud of accomplishing at Marquette (as a team and individually)?

RG: My proudest team accomplishment would be winning the BIG EAST tournament my junior year. My proudest personal accomplishment would be coaching the wheelchair lacrosse team along with (former director of lacrosse operations) Jason Pereles and the Richard brothers (Jake and Noah). We brought that team from the ground up and built a new family in the process.

3. What advice would you give future members of the Marquette lacrosse program?

RG: The advice I would give to future members of the lacrosse program would be to buy in. This team is a family and you will not find success until you understand that this team is a family. We live and die for our families and family goes far beyond blood. We have fun together, we struggle together, and we dominate together. Marquette men's lacrosse is a brotherhood.

4. Most memorable moment(s)?


 

 

RG: My most memorable moment would be our final team bus ride in Italy in 2016. It was the last chance for us to show our love for each other as a group. I have never had more fun with this team then the short period of time spent on that bus. I would also have to say celebrating holidays at the Amplo household; it was nice to have a place to go and celebrate when you can't make it home.

5. Was there anything else that made your Marquette experience special?

RG: The athletic department and the coaching staff made my experience at Marquette everything it was. They all took the time to know us as people, we were not just student athletes to them but we were friends.

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