Machine midfielder and MLL veteran Matt Casey is no stranger to being a part of an expansion team; he began his Major League Lacrosse career with the Los Angeles Riptide in 2007 for their inaugural season.
While with the Riptide, Casey helped lead the team to a Western Conference Championship in 2007 and recorded a total of 14 goals, three assists and 44 groundballs in 19 games. Casey joined the reigning MLL champs, the Boston Cannons, in 2008 where he played until the Machine drafted him in December. Casey collected a total of 15 goals and eight assists in 27 games throughout his Cannons tenure.
Now Casey is ready to start the next chapter with the Machine and making history for the expansion team and the state of Ohio.
"I'm really excited to play for the Ohio Machine this summer for a bunch of reasons but mainly two. One, I love to travel and I've never been to Columbus before. The second reason is a little deeper. I was fortunate enough to be a part of an expansion team in this league before and it was one of the best experiences of my life. In LA, no one believed we could accomplish anything on the field. Our ‘backs to the wall’ mentality really brought our team together as a unit and we ended up going to the MLL Championship game in '07. I feel like this team has that same potential."
1. What made you choose lacrosse over all the other sports out there?
2. When you were little, did you expect to be one of the best players in the world?
Yes, dreamed about it every night. Just never thought it would be in lacrosse.
3. What is some advice you would give to those youth players hoping to make it to MLL status one day?
Watch what the pros do. Practice their moves every chance you can. Attend Apprentice Athletics’ Camps this summer.
4. Why do you love lacrosse?
It requires a great combination of athleticism, skill and intelligence that no other sport has.
5. Who has been your favorite person to work with up to this point in your career?
Kevin “Doc Illa” Dougherty- He’s been a great friend + mentor
6. Who is your lacrosse role model?
I got into lacrosse pretty late so I’d have to say Kevin “Doc Illa” Dougherty was the person I watched and tried to be like.
7. What has been your favorite moment in your pro lacrosse career so far?
Getting drafted in 2007.
8. What is one thing that you try to improve on with your playing style?
Always trying to improve every aspect of my game. It’s all about progression!
9. What are your thoughts on being part of the Ohio Machine inaugural season?
Can’t wait! I was a part of the LA Riptide in their early years and there was nothing like it. Ohio will be even better.
10. What are you looking forward to the most this upcoming season?
Winning a champ and a ring!
11. How do you spend your offseason?
Teaching, training and coaching
12. Do you have any game day superstitions?
Dunkin Donuts iced coffee before every game
13. What is your typical pregame meal?
14. How do you prepare for an upcoming game?
I’m always ready!
15. How do you categorize a season as successful?
Win more games than you lose, play 150% every play, avoid injuries and develop + maintain positive relationships with teammates
16. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
17. What are three words that would describe who you are?
Ambitious, Assertive, Jovial
Favorite sport outside of lacrosse: Basketball
Favorite part about lacrosse: Making someone fall/clearing the ball
Favorite type of food: Italian
Favorite restaurant: Carrabbas or Julie’s Place (Syracuse, NY)
Favorite place in the world you’ve been to: Hawaii
Favorite place you would like to visit but haven’t: Istanbul formerly Constantinople
Favorite lacrosse moment/experience: Being drafted to play professional lacrosse
Most influential person in your life:Mason Casey
Top 3 favorite movies: Lucky Number Slevin, Blankman, any Denzel movie
Top 5 favorite bands/artists: Nas, Jay-Z, J. Cole, Drake, Wale
One thing you want to do but never done before: See the bottom of the ocean or go to outer space