TCSR: Why did you choose to attend UMBC (University of Maryland-Baltimore County)?
DW: “When I was coming out of high school, I didn’t have many options. UMBC, Drexel, and Delaware were my choices, and I went on a recruiting visit to UMBC and thought it was a good fit. I made my decision to go there, and I’m happy with my decision.”
TCSR: During your senior year, you were the 5th leading scorer in the entire country. Could you talk about that?
DW: “I didn’t expect to finish in the Top 5. I thought I got better each year in college. I don’t want to consider it a personal achievement, but more so an achievement with my teammates.”
TCSR: Could you talk about the 35 goals senior year?
DW: “I think it came with the offense and being comfortable with the guys that are around you. I think each year we got better and going to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships showed that.”
DW: “Pretty much, we have been on the same team together for many years. It is a pleasure to be his teammate, because he’s one of my best friends. There is a comfort zone being teammates after being together for so long.”
TCSR: There are many good teams that play across within the Baltimore area. And there have been the NCAA Men’s Championship in Baltimore a few times, too. What do you think about lacrosse there?
DW: “I agree, there are a lot of good teams there. Almost always when people think of lacrosse in Baltimore, they think of Johns Hopkins. But there is Loyola (Maryland), UMBC, Towson, Mayland – I think the lacrosse in Maryland is played at a very high level. There are a great amount of high school and college lacrosse programs in the State.”
TCSR: Could you talk about being drafted by the Outlaws in the 2007 MLL Draft?
DW: “I thought it was pretty exciting, because I got to play again with Brendan (Mundorf). And I wasn’t expecting to play professionally right out of college, so it was surprising to me. I am proud that I can say that I played in Denver for five years.”
TCSR: Why did you believe you wouldn’t play professionally right away?
DW: “I wasn’t getting a ton of looks. Plus, I didn’t know how much about the leagues coming out of college until I went through the combine and the draft. I didn’t expect to be drafted fourth overall.”
TCSR: Could you talk about being drafted by the Wings in the 3rd round in 2007?
DW: “It was much of the same thing. Plus, I didn’t play indoor before, but I was open to the opportunity. Dave Huntley (former head coach) picked me up and I’ve played there ever since. I really enjoy playing indoors now.”
TCSR: Could you talk about playing in the 2009 NLL All-Star game?
DW: “It was an honor. I was selected as an injury replacement, but any time your name is called for an All-Star game, it is an honor. I was honored to be picked to play against the best players in the game. The game was in Colorado and it was a lot of fun.”
TCSR: Now, you are with the Bayhawks after playing for the Outlaws for many years. Could you talk about making the switch?
DW: “I have nothing, but good things to say about my experiences in Denver. But I needed a change in my career. In addition, I wanted to play closer to home. Plus, playing closer to home will cost me a lot less on traveling expenses. I’m really excited about that and I’m excited about being apart of the Bayhawks.”