Posted on Thursday January 3, 2013
As the Rhode Island Kingfish season is fast approaching, we will be featuring a few players to give fans the chance to get to know the players on more of a personal level. This week’s player is Brian Krol:
Growing up how did you get into lacrosse? Was their someone who introduced you to the game?
I grew up on Long Island but it wasn’t until I moved to Niskayuna, NY in seventh grade that I started playing. My dad played and he was the one who introduced me to the game.
What were your options coming out of high school? You attended SUNY Cortland, were there any other colleges after you? What was the process like on deciding on a college? How much did lacrosse play a role?
Coming out of high school I looked at several colleges including Western New England and Ithaca. Lacrosse was definitely a factor in my decision, I wanted to major in Sport Management so that was the number one, but lacrosse was a very close second. When it came down to it, I knew the program at Cortland was a great opportunity academically and to be a part of a great team.
Talk about your time at SUNY Cortland and what it was like playing collegiate lacrosse. Was winning the 2009 D-3 championship the highlight of your lacrosse career?
Attending SUNY Cortland and playing college lacrosse was a great experience. Aside from some great rivalry games with Geneseo, Salisbury, Ithaca, and Gettysburg I had the opportunity to play in three National Championship games, and winning the National Championship in 2009 was definitely the highlight. Playing on a stage that big and coming out on top is one of the best experiences you could possibly have. Being named an Academic All American and a third team All American my senior year was also a highlight for me, but it still doesn’t come close to winning a National Title.
You work for the Boston Cannons now, what is it like working in professional lacrosse? Talk a little about your day-to-day duties.
Coming to Boston and working with the Cannons has been a ton of fun. To be able to make a career out of the sport you love is something you don’t see very often. On a day-to-day basis, I work with a lot of youth lacrosse programs throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut to bring their teams and programs out to Cannons games over the summer. Getting to talk lacrosse with people every day and be a part of the incredible growth of the game has been awesome.
What are you looking forward most about this season with the Kingfish? What would you say are your best skills on the field?
Getting to play with and against some of the best players and in front of a big crowd is going to be a lot of fun. I think some of my best skills on the field are my ability to play physical and fight for ground balls, and my ability to finish. I am really looking forward to being a part of the Rhode Island Kingfish this season.