Talking Sports with Chesapeake Bayhawks defender John Orsen

By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

John Orsen, who is a defense man with the Chesapeake Bayhawks and the Colorado Mammoth, as long as a Marquette lacrosse assistant coach, recently took time to do an interview with The Capital Sports Report. His interview is about his lacrosse career.

John Orsen (Getty Images)

TCSR: When you were looking at schools, why did you chose to attend Hofstra?

JO: “It was close to where I lived. I was about 15 minutes away from the school, and I really liked the coaching staff, as they were really nice guys. It felt like a very good fit, as my parents could come to every single game. I liked the guys on the team and it was a great time.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being named a team captain your junior and senior year?

JO: “It was an honor to be selected by my teammates. That was one of the proudest moments of my career. It was an honor.”

TCSR: You started out as an attacker and then was switched to defense. Could you talk about that change?

JO: “Well, I wasn’t finding the net, but I wanted to work and I wanted to stay on the field. I did anything the coaches asked me to do and by the time my senior year started, they switched me to the defensive side. My senior year, I played long pole midfield and it ended up working out.”

TCSR: Could you talk about helping Hofstra to the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championship quarterfinals?

JO: “It was a great year that we had, and we had a lot of good players on the team. We knew everything about each other and we were the best of friends. Unfortunately, UMASS (Massachusetts) played very hard and we were not able to overcome the deficit that we had, but I had such a great time and I knew I gave it everything that I had.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being selected by the Long Island Lizards in the 2006 MLL draft?

JO: “It was really exciting. I was new to the program, but they selected me. It was really exciting, both to be a professional lacrosse player and starting a new challenge in my life.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being apart of the New York/Orlando Titans in the NLL?

JO: “That was also very special. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play the indoor game, but I have grown to love it. I have had a great time playing indoor lacrosse, and it was a great to stay within the New York area, before the team relocated to the Orlando area for a year. Playing for the Titans made the traveling expenses less expensive, except when I had to travel back and forth from Orlando.”

TCSR: Why do you like indoor lacrosse better?

JO: “I think it suites my playing style better. I like the cities and the crowds, as it feels like they are right on top of you. You don’t have that with the outdoor game. It is also fast-paced and hard-hitting, which I love. I love the fact that there is fighting in the indoor game. You are also held accountable on the floor, which I like.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being apart of the Boston Blazers in 2011 before the team folded?

JO: “It was a short career with them. I ended up getting injured, so I wasn’t able to play in too many games. But I met a lot of nice guys in my short experience there.”

TCSR: After the Blazers folded, you were picked up by the Philadelphia Wings, who almost immediately traded you to the Colorado Mammoth for Ned Crotty. Could you talk about that trade?

JO: “It wasn’t the first time that I was traded, but I think the trade worked out for both sides.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being apart of Team USA at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Prague, Czech Republic?

JO: “I tore my Achilles and I wasn’t able to play in the tournament. I was bummed about that, because I wanted to play in it so bad. I got injured before the games, but it was a tremendous honor to be selected to that team.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being a Marquette assistant coach?

JO: “My experience there has been good. I’ve been at Marquette for a year, and we’ve had a great fall and spring there. It has been great working under coach Joe Amplo. It has been a great time. He was my coach at Hofstra, and to learn what it is like to be a coach under him is a blast.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being picked up by the Chesapeake Bayhawks?

JO: “I knew a lot of these guys from playing against them, and they are a bunch of good guys. They have been a very good team, and I like the lineup that we have here.”

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