ROCHESTER, NY (July 26, 2017): We continue our Q&A series with Rookie Ryan McNamara (Marquette). Ryan is having a great rookie season for the Rochester Rattlers. He currently has thirteen points (nine goals and four assists) in the 2017 season.
Name: Ryan McNamara
Position: Attack / Midfield
Check out Ryan’s answers below:
Q: What are your thoughts on playing for the Rattlers and the 2017 season so far?
A: It has been a great experience, the game is very different from college lacrosse. The guys on the team have been very welcoming and have made the transition easy.
Q: Big win vs the Boston Cannons on Sunday, talk about the play of the offense?
A: Offensively, we got together and talked about things that have worked or have not worked the past couple of weeks. The two things that we tried to improve on were organization and patience with the ball, which has began opening up more space for the offense. It also helps when the defense is playing well and Drew is getting us the ball as well.
Q: Best advice from the veterans?
A: To do what got me here, dodging from where you feel comfortable and not making uncharacteristic plays.
Q: Favorite pre-game music to listen to?
A: I usually listen to whatever is playing in the locker room, but my favorite artists are either the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Billy Joel. I Typically like to move around shooting, stretching, and messing around so that I stay relaxed for the game.
Q: What is your favorite activity outside of lacrosse?
A: I grew up playing hockey since I was a little kid, I love coming home and skating in men's leagues or outside in the winter.
Q: As a rookie this season in the MLL, what do you enjoy most about playing in the league?
A: My teammates, I really enjoy the bus rides and the meals that we have had together and it has been great getting to know everyone. From the start, everyone on the team made an effort to make us rookies feel welcome and an important part of the team.
Q: Who do you look up to currently and why?
A: There are many guys on the team that I look up to, but I would say John Galloway has been a great role model both on and off the field. His work ethic and leadership are the two things that most impressed me when I came in.
Q: What is the one thing that you need on a daily basis?
A: Coffee, I love waking up and getting my day started with a cup of joe.
Q: What was the best advice you were ever given?
A: Always be present in the moment and focus on things that are right in front of you. People tend to worry about things that are too far in the future or things in the past, causing distractions from their performance in the moment.
Q: Favorite place to eat before a game in Rochester or when you played at Marquette?
A: At Marquette, we would eat breakfast at a place call the Broken Yolk, I usually get a streak, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. I would also get a large iced coffee from the Starbucks down the street.