Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/18/12
This is part of a series of exclusive interviews with players, coaches and executives from the National Lacrosse League’s Philadelphia Wings
Max Seibald enters his third season with the Philadelphia Wings after graduating from Cornell University, where he won the Tewaaraton Trophy in 2009. He finished his college career with 141 total points (91G, 50A), most of any Cornell midfielder in history.
Last season with the Wings, Seibald tallied a career best in points by recording 10 goals and 14 assists in 15 games. Seibald is also a member of the Major League Lacrosse’s Long Island Lizards
Q: What skills can outdoor lacrosse players better develop by participating in box lacrosse?
Seibald: All stick handling skills. Catching in tight spaces and having soft hands, feeding to tight spaces with more accuracy, and finishing in tight spaces with more efficiency and accuracy. You also learn how to utilize and also defend the pick and roll game which is a part of the outdoor game that is often neglected. Making quicker decisions on offense and defense and reacting faster to certain lacrosse situations becomes natural and easier in the outdoor game after playing box lacrosse, because in indoor lacrosse you have to figure everything out and execute in a lot less space with a lot less time.”
Q: What advice would you give to college juniors and seniors to make themselves more attractive to college recruiters/coaches?
Seibald: “Always continue to challenge yourself to become a better player, a better athlete, and a better student (grades are a huge component of getting recruited, so the better your grades, the more options you will have to pursue at the next level). Figure out your weaknesses and work to improve them. Find your strengths and continue to get better at them. Challenge yourself mentally and physically on a consistent basis so your benchmark of success is at a higher level than the average benchmark. If you train hard, and put in the time, you will be able to compete with no fear of failure, because you have put in the reps and practiced at a high level, so game day becomes no different.”
Q: What was the best moment of your college lacrosse career?
Seibald: “The best moment of my college career was beating Virginia in the semi-finals in 2009, earning a shot at the national championship.”
What would you do for a Klondike bar? Never had one, I’m a Reese’s fan.
Mac or PC? Mac.
Biggest Pet Peeve: When someone is late or keeps me waiting
Favorite Cartoon: Bugs Bunny
Guilty Pleasure: Frozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or Doritos
Favorite holiday: Hannukah
Leno or Letterman? Letterman.
Favorite Pizza Topping: Pepperoni
What did you want to be when you were a kid?: Pro Athlete
Favorite Pro Sports Team (other than Wings): Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, New York Knicks
Favorite sport to play other than lacrosse: Basketball
Pre-game ritual: Nap.