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How long have you been playing lacrosse?

I’ve been playing lacrosse for about eight years now.

How did you start playing lacrosse?

I started playing lacrosse because my dad was actually looking for an alternative sport that didn’t conflict with my football schedule and we found lacrosse as a good option.

Why number 14?

I’m number 14 because when I came to Oak Park [High School], [Coach] Tarik was like, “Hey Casey, you’re going to be number 14,” and I was like, “Okay Coach.” It’s funny though because I was also number 14 when I played at Viewpoint. It’s been my number for all of high school and I hope it to be my number for the rest of my lacrosse career.

How do you feel about coaching lacrosse?

I love coaching lacrosse! I love children, they’re my favorite thing in the world. I coach the U11 team and they’re 9 to 10 years old and they’re my favorite part of Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

What is your spirit animal?

I would say my spirit animal is a chicken because over the weekend, I was playing at a prospect tournament for San Diego State and my nickname was “Chicken Joe” because I got laid out really hard and it hurt to get up.

Where do you see yourself when you’re 35?

When I’m 35, I hope to be a small business owner with a beautiful wife and three children that we adopt. Not the third one though –– the third one we’ll have.

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions? What are they?

Last year, before a home game, I would shotgun a monster energy drink which probably wasn’t good because I’d end up throwing up most of the drink during the game.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with that extra time?

I think I’d go on a drive through the canyons because I love driving through the canyons. S-turns are my favorite thing ever.

What does being a captain mean to you?

Being a captain means showing leadership. You have to set the bar high in order for everyone else to follow you. You have to put your best foot forward and lead by example.

Describe a typical Taco Thursday.

We normally beat [coaches] Bob and Tarik there because they have to wait for everyone to get picked up before they can leave. We walk inside because Mrs. Bjerkaas is the greatest woman and she knows that every Taco Thursday, both the boys and girls lacrosse teams come. We make the greatest tacos of all time and they’re the greatest tacos of all time because they have so much queso dip, and I love cheese. After, we go around the campfire and we’ll roast s’mores and tell some great stories.

What would you consider your most prized possession?

My most prized possession would have to be my bed because it’s where I’m ready to rest up and get ready for the next day.

What’s a book you plan on reading?

“Into the Wild.”

If you had a tattoo, where would it be?

I’m not allowed to have tattoos because my mom is so against them but if I were to get one, I would get number 56 on my left butt cheek because that was my best friend’s, Zeke Richard’s, number for football when we first started football.

What are Saturdays for?

Saturdays are for respecting women and having a nice night out with your mom.

If you could have dinner with anybody, dead or alive, who would it be?

George Washington because I would want to see his views on how our country is being run now compared to how it was being run then.

What color do you want to dye your hair?

If I had to dye my hair another color, I’d go with either gray or silver.

What is your dream car?

My dream car is a BMW I350 that’s white with red interior.

What is a movie you can quote every line of?

I can’t even remember song lyrics but I’m very into the first Spongebob movie because I love David Hasselhoff.

What games are you excited for this season?

I would say I’m most excited for our Harvard-Westlake game because last year we took a tough loss to them. Last year, we lost by two in the final minutes of the game but I think this year we’re [going to] come back better and beat them. 

What’s the strongest part of your team?

The strongest part of our team is our defense because right now we have three defensive poles returning for their senior year and one very skilled junior coming back. I’m not throwing shade at our offense though because our offense will be good this year with Adam Julius and Tyler Bradbury leading the offense.

Do you believe in miracles?

Yes, I believe in miracles because the “Miracle On Ice” was the greatest hockey game in the world.

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