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10 SECONDS

with Phil Pichel

By Justin Siewierski; Editor-in-Chief
On April 26, 2016

10 SECONDS

With Phil Pichel

Justin Siewierski

Editor-in-Chief

js2010@plymouth.edu

CLOCK PHOTO/ALEX CROSSLEY

With spring athletes, the entire year is put into such a short season. Plymouth State Lacrosse only plays 14 regular season games this year. To some, that doesn’t seem like much, but when you account for team lifts, study halls, film sessions, and classwork, you essentially eat and breathe what you love. Even if it’s only 14 games, playing a sport is a lifestyle. For Phil Pichel, the lifestyle he’s lived for nearly ten years is coming to an end.

The senior Sports Management major from Hopkinton, Massachusetts isn’t going out without a bang. With 79 career points, Pichel has recorded 27 this season alone. In the team’s most recent win against Salem State, Pichel posted four goals along with a pair of ground balls en route to a 14-8 victory. This week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Phil Pichel for this week’s installment of 10 Seconds.

When did you first start playing Lacrosse?

I first started playing lacrosse in the 6th grade for Hopkinton U-11 team.

Why did you choose Plymouth State?

I chose Plymouth State because of the team atmosphere that seemed to be around the team as well as the all the outdoor activities that Plymouth has to offer.

How do you see the rest of your senior year playing out?

I see the rest of my senior year playing out with winning the rest of the conference games and hopefully getting that LEC championship ring.

How would you describe your time here at Plymouth?

I have had an amazing experience at Plymouth State and I have made friends that I will have for the rest of my life.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself in 5 years with a job in athletic directing. I really enjoy the atmosphere that comes along with sports and I would love to stay in the field for as long as I can.

What's your pre-game ritual?

I do not have many pregame rituals but I have to tape my stick before games and check my strings. I also have a handshake with my goalie, Jayson LaRiviere, which we do before our goalie warm-ups.

What's been your favorite moment at Plymouth?

There have been so many great moments a Plymouth. After the last win against Salem our whole team sang karaoke on the bus ride back and it was absolutely hilarious and a great bonding moment.

What can you take away from college athletics?

I will definitely take away all the friendships and great moments I have had with my team and coaches. I will also take away all the lessons it has taught me in preparation for the “real world.” Last year, we described your team as the "road warriors."

What does it mean to be on your home field for your senior year?

It means a so much to be a home for my senior season because I like to play in front of the great people of Plymouth. Even though we only have 4 games at home we will make them count. If a recruit asked you why you picked Plymouth State, what would you tell him? It is an amazing place with a great location, people, and atmosphere that I look for in a college. I also would tell them that we have a close team and we have a great time here at Plymouth.

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