As part of our new weekly blog post, we got in touch with All-American, Ryan Conrad. Conrad, a senior mid-fielder at Loyola Blakefield, is commited to the University of Virigina. In Conrad's junior season, he had 33 goals, 22 assists and 68 groundballs. Below, you can find our Q&A with him.
Question: When did you begin playing lacrosse? What influenced you to pick up the sport?
Answer: I began playing lacrosse at about 5 or 6 years old. My dad probably had the largest influence on me because he played in college at Delaware. I wanted to follow in my dad's footsteps and play college lacrosse.
Q:What are you doing to prepare for next season? How does it feel to have been recruited by Virginia?
A:To prepare for next season I am working out to increase my strength and agility while working on my stick work and shot. It is incredibly exciting to have been recruited by University of Virginia because I have watched them since I was young. It has always been a dream of mine to play at UVA.
Q: What’s your favorite move?
A: My favorite move is the right to left split dodge. It is a move I work on a lot and I like it because I can use my quickness to separate from the defender.
Q: What’s your pregame ritual?
A: I normally just keep to myself and focus on the game while I listen to music on the way to the game.
Q: What type of music do you listen to before a game? What’s your favorite pump-up song?
A: I listen to alternative music on the way to the game. My favorite pump-up song to listen to is Mr. Brightside.
Q: After a big win, how do you and your teammates celebrate?
A: After a win we always go back to the locker room and play Sweet Escape.
Q:Looking back on your high school career, what has been your number one moment on the field?
A: My number one moment in my lacrosse career is beating the undefeated number one team in the country BL Lakers in 2013.
Q:What advice would you give to younger kids who are just starting to get on the field?
A: The biggest thing for younger kids to do is work on their versatility. Having an opposite hand and being able to go both ways is a huge part in being a great player.
Stay tuned for next week's "Featured Athlete"!