In our fourth installment of QuickStick Q&A’s we caught up with Florida Men’s Lacrosse and captain, Noah Boldt. Boldt is a junior defenseman who took his talents from NJ to Gainesville, FL. Florida competes in the highly competitive SELC in the MCLA and is poised to make a deep run into the conference tournament while also making a splash on the national front.
The SELC is arguably one of the deepest, most talented conference in the MCLA, make the case for why your team could go deep in the postseason (conference or national).
There are some really good teams in our conference like Georgia Tech, Liberty, VA Tech, and FSU but all of those teams come into the year with targets on their back. Every game we play we play with that kind of blue-collar underdog mentality because we think we don’t get the recognition that we deserve. We have some really good freshman talent this year backed up but some deep senior leadership so we are definitely going to be a force in the SELC this year.
What is your favorite part about playing MCLA Lacrosse?
I think the MCLA is a great league because it balances high-level competition without asking too much of the athletes. We are able to fully enjoy all of the aspects that college has to offer while still being able to compete for a national championship at a very high level.
What game is everyone most looking forward to this season?
The FSU game is always circled on everyone’s calendar. Our schools have a long rivalry with each other that goes way past lacrosse so when we finally get to strap up and go after each other it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss.
Toughest matchup you’ve ever faced? (can be team matchup, or personal in college or HS)
Probably Jack Harvey, grew up playing youth lacrosse with him and we went to rival high schools where I had to D him up. Just a really fast shifty kid and he’s an absolute stud for Gettysburg now.
Favorite lacrosse memory?
Growing up and watching my brother play all through high school because he was the one who really got me into the sport and I remember my mom coming to pick me up from school early to go watch him play.
Least favorite practice drill?
Any kind of ground ball drill. Just a lot of running back and forth and it’s not a lot of fun wearing hard checks on your arms.
Who’s the funniest guy in your locker room?
We have a lot of characters but I’d have to go with Mike Connelly. Kid’s always in his Gumby costume and always has the most random things to say.
Go to pump up song?
Amsterdam–Nothing but Thieves
Favorite non-lacrosse activity you do with your teammates?
We all like to hit the bars together around Gainesville and have a good time.
If you had one last meal to eat, what would it be?
Really anything my mom makes. She’s an awesome cook and never fails to disappoint.
Who was your favorite athlete when you were a kid?
Gotta go with Daunte Culpepper, huge Vikes guy, first jersey I ever owned #Skol