Spotted on Campus With...Matt Mersky

Go Leopards! Junior Matt Mersky
Junior Matt Mersky

Oct. 6, 2009

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Each week, the staff at spotlights a student-athlete in a Q&A feature. This week, senior men's lacrosse player Matt Mersky fills Leopard fans in on his lacrosse background, academic work and...Danny Devito?

What's your major and what do you like about your major? I am an Economics and Business major, and I like it because it offers a variety of classes that allow me to learn about multiple facets of the economics and business world.

What class are you most looking forward to this semester? Have you been working on any interesting projects for a class? I am looking forward to my Finance class because it applies more to what I want to do when I graduate. An interesting project I have worked on so far this semester is studying the mathematics of the ancient Inca's in South America for my History of Mathematics class.

What is your role on the team? As a senior attackman and a co-captain with Steve Serling, I am looking forward to being a leader on the team, both vocally and by example. We have 12 seniors and a good core of veterans so that will certainly help with the leadership role.

What is your earliest lacrosse memory? I started playing lacrosse when I was only seven years old. The helmets back then were bigger and since I have never been all that big, I remember barely be able to keep my head up because the helmets were too heavy.

What can you take from your sport and incorporate into everyday life? I think that being able to work as a team is an important life lesson which I've learned through lacrosse. When I interned this summer at American Express in New York City, it helped a lot because a lot of the work that they do there requires being able to work with other people on a team.

My pregame ritual is... I like to just listen to music and relax. I'm usually pretty quiet before games and just go over in my head what I want to do. I try not to pay attention to who we are playing at all.

The sport I'm worst at is... I love the water, but I am a terrible swimmer.

Something about me that others would be surprised to hear is... I like to cook. I lived on my own this summer so I had to learn fast because I couldn't rely on my mom for meals every day.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself? Why? Danny Devito...we have similar height. Plus my roommate and teammate, goalie Vinny DePasquale, could be played by Joe Pesci; they look EXACTLY alike.

TV show I can't stop watching... "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

Song I can't stop listening to... Either, "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z, or "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus (My fellow attackman Stefan Bauer got me hooked)

What is the greatest thing you can learn from a loss? I think the best learning experience that can be gained from a loss is not the loss itself, but learning how to bounce back in the next game.

What do you still wish to accomplish? My main goal this year is to make the Patriot League tournament. We could not have come closer last year, needing to beat Lehigh by only one more goal in our last game, and this year I know we have the talent, confidence and potential to do it.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would go to defensemen Ed Daley's lake house, because I have never been invited.

What's been your most interesting out-of-classroom academic experience? Have you traveled abroad? I went to Guatemala last winter for an interim abroad class with fellow teammates Steve Serling and Vinny DePasquale. We were able to travel around the country and learn about their culture from a political and economic perspective.

Word Association:

Lafayette: Academic Institution

Lafayette Athletics: Pard Pride

Lacrosse: Fast

Early morning practices: Dedication

Your coaches: Instructive

Your teammates: Close friends

Lafayette-Lehigh rivalry: Always a big game

Preseason: Preperation

Strength & Conditioning Coach(es): Make us better



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