Towson men’s lacrosse redshirt junior midfielder Greg Ey recently spoke to PressBox about why he chose to transfer to Towson after originally starting at Penn State, how he stayed busy after the 2020 season got cut short and more. The Baltimore native scored three goals and picked up five ground balls for the Tigers in 2020. A graduate of Boys’ Latin, Ey was part of the 2014 Lakers team that went 18-0 and was named the LaxPower national champion.
PressBox: How did you become interested in lacrosse?
Greg Ey: I would say I was a multisport athlete. A family friend was playing around with a stick up the street and I got interested in it. It kind of took over from there.
PB: Who was the biggest influence on your game growing up?
GE: Biggest influence would probably be Kyle Harrison or Paul Rabil. I think they just represented the game very well. I see myself as [that] type of player — just very fast and dynamic.
PB: What’s your favorite memory at Boys’ Latin?
GE: I would probably say being part of the 2014 national championship team. I was a freshman there.
PB: Why did you choose to come to Towson?
GE: [Head coach Shawn Nadelen] sold me. He was a great salesman, I would say. I actually started my career off at Penn State, and I knew I wanted to come back home. Towson was the first school I looked at, and I fell in love with it. Never thought I would be right down the street from my high school, actually.
PB: Why did you transfer from Penn State after one semester?
GE: I really just wanted to be closer to home. I’m very close to my family. [Penn State] was a little bit bigger because I didn’t really get the full experience when I committed. Our first classes were like with 500-plus people, and I needed something smaller in my academic career.
PB: What’s your favorite memory at Towson?
GE: Favorite memory is probably winning the CAA championship two years ago. It was an incredible experience. We went up to UMass. It was just a great year. The culture of the team was just amazing. We knew what we wanted to do, and after we won the CAA championship it was incredible to have the first-round playoff game at Towson playing against Maryland.
PB: What’s your favorite thing about Towson University and the town itself?
GE: I love the community. I actually live right down the street down in Lutherville, so I’m always around. It’s welcoming and very warm.
PB: Who’s your best friend on the team and what’s a story that underscores your friendship?
GE: My best friend is probably Koby Smith. We did not know each other but played each other in high school. He went to Loyola Blakefield. We transferred in around the same time and we became roommates. Right off the bat, we just clicked. Never thought we would ever be friends, teammates or anything [else]. Now I can call him one of my best friends and a longtime friend.
PB: Who was a player you looked up to early in your career at Towson?
GE: I probably looked up to Mike Lynch. He was at Boys’ Latin as well. He was a middie. He just had a nice shooting stroke, and I just liked his game a lot.
PB: What advice would you give to younger players?
GE: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
PB: What are your goals for after lacrosse?
GE: Right now I’m pursuing finance, so hopefully I can be in the finance world some day and hopefully own a business later in my career.
PB: What did you do last spring as far as lacrosse after the season was canceled?
GE: I actually worked with the lacrosse camp called Goaliesmith. They run a goalie camp right in Baltimore City. I literally took over maybe 15,000 shots getting these kids recruited virtually so they can see any kind of game shots or any outside shots, inside shots to really improve their game.
PB: What was that experience like with those kids who were trying to play in college?
GE: It was different because I really never had to go through this phase because COVID came. I got recruited a different way. I had coaches on the sideline, whereas these kids had to take cameras and film themselves seeing these kinds of shots and send it out to these coaches to get recruited. I made sure that they got a full experience of seeing what Division I lacrosse shots were like.
PB: Did it also serve to keep you fresh as well?
GE: Yes, it did. It kept the stick in my hand. I know we didn’t really get to really play as much as we did in the spring and didn’t get to play much in the summer with COVID. It kept the stick in my hand.
Photo Credit: Pat Stewart
Originally published Feb. 17, 2021