Mount St. Mary’s men’s lacrosse senior midfielder Jake Krieger recently talked with PressBox about his favorite thing about the Mount, majoring in business finance and more. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Krieger posted 11 goals and 6 assists in 2021.

PressBox: How did you become interested in lacrosse?
Jake Krieger: My first interest in lacrosse was definitely just playing with some friends. I had some friends who played in elementary school and I just wanted to play with them. That’s definitely how I got started.

PB: Who was the biggest influence on your game growing up?
JK: Definitely my dad, [John]. My dad always pushed me to be the best in everything I did. He was definitely didn’t mind helping with lifting or just practicing, like having a catch with me. He was always there to help. I was really grateful for that.

PB: What is your favorite memory from your time at John Carroll?
JK: My favorite lacrosse memory was winning the MIAA championship in the B Conference my junior year. We had a big comeback win. It was really cool at Homewood Field.

PB: Why did you choose to go to Mount St. Mary’s?
JK: I believe in the coaching staff and I really just wanted to play lacrosse at the highest level I could, and it was nice and close to home. I didn’t want to go too far.

PB: Tom Gravante has been the Mount’s coach since 1995. What was his message when recruiting you?
JK: He just had a belief in me as a player that I can come here and play and really help the team. I think it was really just that he could see me playing and he could see me contributing and really helping the team here.

PB: What’s your favorite memory so far at the Mount?
JK: I think my favorite memory would be [winning] an away game at Richmond my freshman year in overtime. That was really exciting because they were ranked nationally at the time. I think they were 15th in the country.

PB: Who’s your best friend on the team and what’s a story that underscores your friendship?
JK: My best friend on the team is my roommate, Luke Roth. One of my good memories with him was actually going up with one of my other roommates to play soccer one time [on] the turf instead of playing lacrosse, just kind of messing around — always having a good time and keeping things competitive, lightly competitive because we’re both kind of competitive. We both get a lot out of playing fun games like that that we don’t always get to play.

PB: Who is a player you looked up to early in your career at the Mount?
JK: I think the player most of the freshmen looked up to was Jack Mangan. He was a senior captain at the time. He was a do-it-all middie. He was a great leader and a great player on the field. He was an easy person to look up to, for sure.

PB: What’s your favorite thing about Mount St. Mary’s and Emmitsburg?
JK: My favorite thing about the Mount, there’s not a lot going on. There’s not too much of a party scene. A lot of the guys are really close-knit, get together all the time and have a good time because there’s really not too much to do outside of the team and outside of the town of Emmitsburg. Usually a lot of the guys get together. I like having a family kind of atmosphere with the whole team.

PB: What advice would you give to younger players?
JK: Just keep developing your game every day, try as often [as you can] to get to the field and just get 1 percent better. It’ll compound over time. Even if you can’t go to the field, try to go to the wall or watch some film. Any amount of getting better is better than getting worse or doing nothing.

PB: Why did you decide to major in business finance?
JK: I always thought stocks and finance were kind of cool, and I would watch my dad do it for a little bit, so that’s definitely where I got into finance from. … I was interested in stocks from a young age, and my dad would watch finance shows and I would like to see how stocks performed and what they did. That’s kind of how I got interested in it.

Photo Credit: David Sinclair

Issue 273: February/March 2022

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