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Leftovers from Q&A with Mount St. Mary's Kyle O'Brien

Friday's editions included a Q&A with Mount St. Mary's senior defenseman Kyle O'Brien, an Arnold resident and St. Mary's graduate who ranks second in Division I in caused turnovers with 22. Due to space constraints, here are some answers that didn't make the cut.

How difficult was the 2014 season?

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I've never been on a team with a 1-15 record before. So it was frustrating at times. This summer, you trained extremely hard because you don't ever want to experience that again. I think that was the mentality our team had all fall. Our culture, our team, it wasn't a winning mentality. This year, especially the seniors and even the players who were on the team last year, we're holding each other accountable, and we're trying to make it a winning culture. We're kind of using it as fuel this season because it was embarrassing, and we're doing everything we can, especially on the defensive end. We're trying to make it a low-scoring game so that our offense has a better shot. If they put up eight goals, we hope to only let up five. Coach [Tim] McIntee was telling us that he likes what we're doing, but he needs more out of us. We're not letting up too many goals, but we need to go a step further because we should only let up maybe five goals per game.

That's a lofty goal, but isn't that a little unrealistic?

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That is a low number, but with the system that we're in, everybody's buying into it, and we're practicing hard every day. We proved that to ourselves this past weekend. We only let up two goals, and those two goals came off a fastbreak and a man-down. So they didn't score on us 6-v-6. So our whole defense is very confident that if everyone does their job, then we can achieve that goal.

Who is the toughest player you've had to cover this season?

He played for Georgetown. No. 3, [freshman] Stephen Quinzi. He was extremely quick. When he would bring us behind, he was very good at getting us to an island and making us pay for it by doing a question-mark [dodge] and scoring on us. He kind of put our defense on its toes because we couldn't help each other out.

How did you end up at Mount St. Mary's?

My story is a little different, and I shared it with the team earlier this year. I put all of my eggs in one basket at the Naval Academy because my sister [Morgan] went there and I wanted to follow in her footsteps. Unfortunately, I didn't get accepted, and this was February of my senior year. So I didn't have any backup plan. So I was looking at D-3 schools, and I believe my head coach called Coach (Tom) Gravante and told him that he had a defenseman that was looking at schools to go to. Coach Gravante casme to one of my games, and he said he had a spot for me. I jumped right on it because I wanted to play Division I.

What Division III schools recruited you?

I was looking at Randolph-Macon and Washington & Jefferson.

Is there a part of you that still roots for Navy?

I'm a big Navy football fan. I try to go to some games during the fall. I like Maryland basketball. Obviously, I like Mount basketball, but my brother-in-law [who is married to his sister Chrissie] went to the University of Maryland and he played lacrosse there.

Who is your brother-in-law?

Robert Chomo. He was a [third-team] All American [attackman in 1995] there.

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