Each week, The Baltimore Sun will publish a Q&A with a college lacrosse player or coach to get you more acquainted with the player and his/her team. Today's guest is Mount St. Mary's senior attackman Andrew Scalley, who has 104 goals and 60 assists in his career. The Arnold native and Archbishop Spalding graduate was named Northeast Conference Player of the Week on Monday for his three-goal, five-assist performance in the Mountaineers' 12-11 upset of then-No. 17 Bucknell a day earlier.
How important was Sunday's win against the Bison after losing to No. 3 Maryland by 17 goals in the season opener Feb. 12?
It's huge. Coming off a big loss to Maryland, you don't know how your team is going to respond. We could have just crawled into a shell and gone away for the rest of the year. But we just forgot about the [ranking] in front of [Bucknell's] name and worked hard. We had a good week of practice, and it paid off. Getting to 1-1 is huge because now we can build on the momentum and continue through the tough part of our schedule.
Were you worried about how you and your teammates would respond after the loss to the Terps?
It's always a question mark. You can come out and sulk all week or you can come out and start working hard and put that behind you. So our coaches kept harping on having a short memory and getting back to what we do well because we do have a lot of talent on this team and we know that we can play well together. We just kept saying, "Short memory, short memory." We didn't even watch film on the game against Maryland, which helped us focus on Bucknell from Monday on.
After that game, Maryland midfielder Jake Bernhardt said you could start on any Division I team. How does that make you feel?
It's great, and I was talking to the Maryland coach [John Tillman] after the game, and he had similar words for me. It's great, but at the same time, I can't let it get to my head. I'm here for a reason, and it's been good for three years and now hopefully for this fourth year. But definitely getting the recognition is good. I know that Mount St. Mary's can get looked down upon in Division I. So it's good knowing that other teams that are of that caliber recognize that we do have talent here.
Do Bernhardt's comments make you think you could have played elsewhere?
Of course. It's kind of inevitable for your mind to run like that. I didn't get any Division I letters except from Mount St. Mary's. So I have thought, "What if I had gone and walked on somewhere?" But I honestly don't regret it for a second. I think I've developed into the player that I am because I came to Mount St. Mary's and I had the coaches and players around me to make that happen. Had I gone to Maryland as a freshman, I might not have developed into the player that I am. I could have been the same high school player that the coaches saw. So I think I've grown at Mount St. Mary's. It's been huge for me.
Do you feel slighted by the lack of interest?
No, not at all. I'm happy. I've had a great career here, and I couldn't be happier. At the same time, the recruiting process has gotten so crazy over the past five years. Kids are getting recruited as freshmen in high school, which I never would have thought would happen. I do think that if I had been a senior in high school, it'd be interesting to see how many letters I would get. But I don't put too much thought into it because everything happens for a reason, and I'm happy where I am. There are great coaches and great players around me that make it fun playing here. I kind of like going under the radar, and that's how Mount St. Mary's is.