Fast Take: Kyle Mumford


Photo by Ally Milton

Sophia Woods, Sports Editor

  1. What are your goals for your senior season as a team and individually?

 Some goals we have this year besides trying to have a good record are things like creating good team chemistry and getting the basics down. We have so many new guys this year and have been working with them to help improve their skills and learn the game.

  1. How do you balance school and playing for the team?

 Personally, I had to take a leave of absence for work because the hours we practice range from 7-9 p.m. every day unless there is a game. School is easily manageable with lacrosse, and we’ve established that if you are not keeping up with your grades, you will sit out of every game until you get them up. We’ve already had to sit some players out that have been ineligible to play due to grades but shouldn’t have any more problems regarding that.

          2. How does playing with athletes from other schools affect the team?

I think it actually brings us together closer. Most of the team goes to North, and it’s been like that pretty much every year. One of the reasons is because we practice/play on North’s turf and get the most attention out of the four schools. Once in a while we will meet up at Commissioners  Park where we just shoot around on the cages and have more fun than actually putting in work.

          3.What are the most valuable lessons you have learned from being on the team?

I’ve played all four years and have realized how captains and coaches really shape the future for the program. In my four years I’ve had teams with 40-50+ guys down to a team with around 20 guys. I’ve had three  different coaches and have learned a lot from each one. People have different goals and mindsets, but every coach we’ve had has wanted us to do good academically as well as on the field. If I had to pick the most important thing I’ve learned overall I would have to say that being able to have fun on the field while playing seriously is the best thing about this sport.  If you’re having fun and winning games at the same time there’s nothing better.

       4.What would you tell someone who wanted to try out but wasn’t sure? 

Our team has 27 guys. If I’m correct, and I would say 1/3 of the team has little to no experience playing at all. We convinced some of our friends that played hockey and other sports to just give it a try even if they didn’t like it, and they have been having a blast so far.