MLAX Senior Reflections: Conor Gately
May 19, 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?
Conor Gately (answers from April): It will be getting this program to a NCAA tournament game. There are a lot of moments, great moments, I am proud of but they are all building up to something very special for this team come May.
2. What is your most memorable experience with the team?
CG: Beating Hofstra my sophomore year for Coach Amplo’s homecoming, or dominating Villanova this past year.
3. What’s the best advice a teammate has given you?
CG: Not so much advice, but B.J. Grill has been a great teammate to me personally, helping me stay level-headed and just an overall great friend.
4. What’s the best advice you could offer future Marquette lacrosse players?
CG: Enjoy all the small moments. Enjoy the practices, the lifts, the time in the hotel with the guys. Be able to say you left it all out there, as far as day to day activities and relationships within the Marquette community, and you will have an unbelievable experience at Marquette, a place you can call home.
5. What has motivated you?
CG: Winning lacrosse games.
6. Most memorable game? Why?
CG: First win at Air Force, because it was a game that no one thought we could win.
7. Describe how you felt during your very first practice or team activity.
CG: A million emotions, overwhelming.
8. Describe how you felt before your first game. Has that feeling changed?
CG: Again, a lot of different emotions. It has changed a bit, more because I have more confidence but I always get the butterflies until the first whistle.
9. It’s still in the program’s infancy, but do you feel a rivalry developing with any opponents you have played?
CG: I think if Hofstra (was still) on the schedule that could have been a special rivalry, but all the Big East games are rivalries because no matter the rankings or how the teams stack up on paper, conference games are always battles.
10. How do you think you’ve changed as a player or person over your career at Marquette?
CG: I look at life differently, appreciate the little things more, but it’s also given me the mindset that changing or growing as a person is continuous, and to really enjoy life being uncomfortable is okay.
11. What have you learned that you will take with you as you move on from MU?
CG: That relationships are the most important thing in life. Coming to Marquette has shown me how truly investing in other people is the best type of investment, making memories that last a lifetime whether they are on or off the field.
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