Dan Groot’s focus for the Ohio Machine’s inaugural season is simple – to win a championship in the team’s first year. To accomplish this goal, Dan will be teaming up with several old teammates he has played with over the years.
Dan first started making a name for himself with his alma mater, University of Maryland. Dan played from 2006-2009 and played along the way with Machine teammates Jimmy Borell, Ray Megill, Brian Phipps and Max Schmidt. Dan captained the Terps his 2009 senior year and was named Preseason Second Team All-American and USILA Third Team All-American.
After Maryland, Dan began his Major League Lacrosse career in 2009 with the Bayhawks, where he played with Machine teammates Buggs Combs, Josh Coveleski and Kyle Hartzell. Before being drafted by the Machine in the 4th Round of the MLL Expansion Draft, Dan most recently played for the Rochester Rattlers with fellow teammates Greg Bice, Brett Garber, Anthony Kelly, Jordan Levine and Stefan Schroder. Dan was a staple for the Rattlers’ midfield during the 2011 season and recorded one goal, two assists and 36 groundballs.
“As a player I couldn't be more excited to compete for the Machine this summer, an expansion team with a lot of excitement surrounding the organization. Adding a pro team to the Midwest is a great thing for this League and I am really looking forward to playing with some old teammates, Rattlers and Terps included, as well as new teammates who are all focused on the same goal, winning a championship in the Ohio Machine's inaugural season.”
1. What made you choose lacrosse over all the other sports out there?
I played it because it incorporated all the other sports that I enjoy, agility, speed, power, and physical components of basketball and football, and also provided me the most opportunities
2. When you were little, did you expect to be one of the best players in the world?
No, I never thought about it that way. I always went on the field trying to be the best player I could be that day and win the game, I guess my physical abilities and mindset helped contribute to the success so far in my career.
3. What is some advice you would give to those youth players hoping to make it to MLL status one day?
Love the Game you play, commitment and positive mindset combined with practice and hard work, you can do anything
4. Why do you love lacrosse?
I love to compete, and lacrosse provides me that opportunity as well as involving the athletic skills of other sports.
5. Who has been your favorite person to work with up to this point in your career?
Anthony Kelly because of his competitive attitude and desire to win combined with his leadership qualities
6. Who is your lacrosse role model?
Mike Hennahan – he’s from my hometown and growing up I wanted to be like him.
7. What has been your favorite moment in your pro lacrosse career so far?
Playing in my first game as a professional.
8. What is one thing that you try to improve on with your playing style?
I continue to try and improve as a complete midfielder – being able to do everything I am asked of by my coaches and my teammates.
9. What are your thoughts on being part of the Ohio Machine inaugural season?
I am very excited to represent the city of Columbus in Major League Lacrosse and I thank them for the opportunity to represent a great city while playing the game I love.
10. What are you looking forward to the most this upcoming season?
Winning the Steinfeld Trophy!
11. What is one thing you hope to get out of this upcoming season with the Machine?
Some great fan support from all the lacrosse lovers in Columbus!
12. How do you spend your offseason?
Coaching lacrosse trying to be around the game as much as possible while also continuing to improve my game and my fitness. And playing lots of video games – OVOandXO on PS3 if you want a challenge!
13. What is your typical pregame meal?
A large cold cut sub
14. How do you prepare for an upcoming game?
Visualizing and mentally preparing myself for what I have to do to help my team win.
15. How do you categorize a season as successful?
16. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Work hard, stay positive and good things will happen.
17. What are three words that would describe who you are?
Passionate, Meticulous, “Beastmode”
Favorite sport outside of lacrosse: Basketball, Football
Favorite part about lacrosse: It’s a game that incorporates all aspects of the sports I love
Favorite type of food: Lobster and Shrimp
Favorite restaurant: Sakura, Chipotle
Favorite place in the world you’ve been to: Fukuoka, Japan
Favorite place you would like to visit but haven’t: Maldives Islands
Favorite lacrosse moment/experience: Playing in the Final Four in Philadelphia
Most influential person in your life: My father
Top 3 favorite movies: Dumb and Dumber, Inception, Avatar 3D IMAX, Troy
Top 5 favorite bands/artists: Drake, Wale, D-Block, Andre 3000, John Mayer
One thing you want to do but never done before: Backpack through Europe