Today we had the chance to sit down with University of Colorado senior attackmen Riley Seidel and talk the upcoming season. Last season as a junior, Seidel scored a team leading 34 goals and added 25 assists as he helped lead the Buffs’ to the MCLA National Championship game. The Ohio native also was named a MCLA All-American as well as being selected to the MCLA All-Tournament team. Seidel was also on Lacrosse Magazine’s Preseason Player of the Year watch list.
Lax Camp Review: After falling to Colorado State in both the regular season and National Championship game last year, what are your expectations this year?
Riley Seidel: That was definitely a heart breaking loss. They’re a great team, you have to give them credit, they were #1 all year. But, it’s a new year, we have a lot of new players coming up in the ranks. We haven’t created a set goal in mind yet but it’s all been about the process as a team. We want to get better each and every day. I feel our seniors last year laid a great foundation for the kids now and we have a lot of guys who have really stepped up this past fall and if we do that I think it will lead to a lot of wins.
Lax Camp Review: Your first game is against a tough Chapman team. How big is this game going to be and how excited are you guys?
Riley Seidel: It’s definitely going to be a huge game; it’s down in Palm Springs for the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (EDITORS NOTE: more on that event, can be found here). We have a lot of guys on our team from Southern California who have this game circled on our schedule. Obviously Chapman is a great team and going to be a huge early season match up. Every time we’ve played them it’s been a brawl and I think it’s going to be a great game.
Lax Camp Review: What can you say about your Head Coach John Galvin and how the “Club Ball” show has helped exposure for your team and the MCLA.
Riley Seidel: It’s been huge; our coaches will get more than five recruiting questionnaires a day. Kids will see the show “Club Ball” and want to play for the Buffs’. It’s definitely been huge for publicity for our program and shown people what the MCLA is really all about. It is its own breed but at the same time we do really work hard. We have lifts three times a week at 6:45am, and practices six days a week including Saturday mornings. It’s just about the same commitment I had as a Division 1 athlete (EDITORS NOTE: Riley transferred from the Air Force Academy). I hope it shows everyone that the MCLA is for real and we have some really good players in this league. As for Coach Galvin we are lucky to have such a well-rounded coach and person in charge of leading us every day. The program has come from the depths to the National Championship game and that can be directly related to the discipline and the process that has turned into the identity of this program.
Lax Camp Review: Anything else you want to say?
Riley Seidel: I’m really excited about the growth of this team and we have a lot of key pieces coming back. A lot of guys are putting in the effort to get bigger and stronger every day and feel like it’s going to pay off in the long run. Our team motto is ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ and as long as we stay together the sky is the limit for this team.
Lax Camp Review: Who is your favorite athlete in all of sports?
Riley Seidel: I’m a huge Indiana basketball fan and my favorite player right now is Victor Oladipo. Every time he steps on the court he gives it 100% and is one of the hardest workers I have ever witnessed go through Indiana University. He went from a guy who wasn’t a Top 150 player in high school by many scouts to becoming the #2 pick in the draft. That says a lot about his work ethic, and who he is as a person as well as a competitor.
Lax Camp Review: Well thanks again Riley for taking the time to sit down with us and catch up with you before the season starts.
Riley Seidel: Thanks, I appreciate it.
Below is a episode of Season 1 of “Club Ball”. Check it out!