April 17, 2014
For the Ohio State men's lacrosse team, Saturday marks the final regular season home game of the season. The squad takes on Air Force at 1 p.m. in Ohio Stadium in an important ECAC Lacrosse League game, with the league title on the line. Prior to the matchup with the Falcons, the 10 members of the senior class will be recognized.
Leading up to the game, each member of the class will be featured online. Ohio natives Scott Spencer (Mason) and Jake Sharick (Westerville) kick off the series. Read below for a Q&A with the seniors.
Scott Spencer, Goalie
How have you grown as a lacrosse player from your freshman year until now?
I think I have grown most as a lacrosse player from my freshman year until now in the departments of maturity and confidence. I think I have matured an immense amount, both on and off the field, since my freshman year. With maturity has come a new form of confidence that allows me to enjoy the game I love more than I did as a freshman and focus less on making mistakes while on the field. Instead I am able to focus on really improving my game and engaging with my teammates around me.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can play the piano and like to try my hand at art every now and again. I really enjoy doing charcoal drawings.
Was your uncle, Paul Konkel, who played lacrosse at Penn influential in your lacrosse career? If so how?
My uncle Paul was definitely a great source of inspiration. After really figuring out I wanted to pursue playing lacrosse at the collegiate level, it was great to see someone like my uncle who had done the same thing. Being from a "non-hotbed" area can be intimidating at times and seeing his success from such an area was a huge motivating factor. Both my mom and dad were also extremely influential. Without their support and influence I would never have been able to achieve the opportunity to play lacrosse at the great place that is The Ohio State University.
What is the most rewarding part about being a Buckeye?
The most rewarding part about being a Buckeye is the brand of lacrosse we play. Our mentality is we thrive off the little things. We are a hard-nosed group that lives off hustle plays and discipline. We respect everyone, but fear no one. I know this mentality will translate into how I live the rest of my life.
What should goalies focus on when they are between the pipes?
A goalie needs to focus on communicating well with their defense and clearing the ball extremely efficiently. Everyone knows that a goalie needs to stop the ball and makes saves but it is those other details that can really elevate someone's play.
What is your favorite quote by Coach Myers?
"Respect everyone, but fear no one." Also, "No matter what in life, someone is chasing you."
Describe one or two things you do in your training that are keys to your success.
Never being satisfied is a huge key to having success and always being prepared. No matter the situation, whether you are an All-American starter or a 5th-stringer who has little shot of playing, you should always be as well prepared as possible. You can't control natural talent, but you can control the effort you put into your training and the intangibles of your character.
What has been your favorite moment of your senior year so far?
My favorite moment of my senior year has been singing Carmen Ohio in the "Horseshoe" after beating that team up North. That experience was truly unbelievable and one I will remember for the rest of my life.
If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?
I'd like to see a visible shot clock for timer-on situations. I think this would add more consistency in the scenario.
What are your plans after graduation?
Ideally, I would like to get involved in genetic and educational policy at some point in my career. I will finish a second major in chemistry next year and then will consider pursuing my doctorate or join the Teach for America corps in Chicago for two years.
Jake Sharick, Midfield
Do you remember the moment when you became interested in playing lacrosse?
When my friend Kyle Hann was playing in the 5th grade and he got me interested in playing.
What is one of your most memorable experiences as a Buckeye?
Winning the ECAC tournament and just this past week singing Carmen Ohio with a packed crowd in the `Shoe after we beat TTUN.
What has been the best advice you have received?
My middle school coach Alex Mills told me to always stay humble in everything I do.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
I chill in the locker room and listen to music until we all go out for warm-ups.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I have the ability to drink ketchup straight out of the bottle.
What do like to do in your spare time?
I love hitting the links.
Who do you admire the most? Why?
I admire my father and the way he handles his business on a daily basis and knows how to fix pretty much anything.
What is one challenge you had to overcome in order to progress in your lacrosse career?
Being able to wake up bright and early and go to practice before the rest of the world wakes up
Do you have any advice for incoming student-athletes?
Have fun with the Cerberus.
What are you going to miss the most about playing lacrosse at Ohio State?
The guys on the team