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MAN UP WITH….Kasey Beirnes

When did you decide you wanted to be a pro lacrosse player?

The first time I thought of playing pro Lacrosse was when I received my first phone call from  a professional team telling me they were going to take me in the upcoming draft.  At that point I had high expectations but plenty of doubt because I had only played Jr. B Lacrosse which was unlike the majority of the other players in the Draft. 

Best lacrosse memory?

I have a lot of great memories from my career to date, many of them cannot be repeated but will stick with me for many years.

My favourite memory to date will be winning the Presidents cup with a group of guys who were all local to the community and great friends which made it all the more fun.  Coach Lovell was a big part of that championship as well.

If you could change or add a rule to box lacrosse what would it be?

I think the game today is a great medium between box and field which has created a great opportunity for both Canadians and Americans growing up playing both field and box lacrosse. 

The only rule right now that I would change would be the ability to score from behind the net.  I think those goals are very dirty goals to get.  It may be because I have yet to score one of them and I am just jealous but overall am not a fan of that rule.


Best pump-up song?

I would have to go with Trick Daddy – Lets Go.


Have any pre-game rituals?

I am not a overly superstitious person and do not have any consistent routines.  I like to be at the rink early so I am not rushed in any way.  A good meal in the afternoon then an hour shut down is a big part of my routine.


Your best lacrosse workout…

I wouldn’t consider myself a physical specimen but I do enjoy pre-season training much more then training during the season.  This could be based on weather as I would much rather run outside rather than inside on the treadmill.  I usually focus more on cardio then I do lifting weights.


One goalie you don’t want to go one-on-one with?

I am not afraid of any of the goalies.  At this point in my career I have played against them all so many time they know my tendencies and I know theirs.  It is just a battle of who is on their game that night and who is not.  I would much rather play against a goalie that moves a lot as I have a habit of throwing the odd fake or two.


Describe your game style…

I would consider me to be a “slippery” player.  With that being said I would consider myself more of an off ball player that likes to get open in the middle rather than the perimeter.

Who is the best player to ever hold a stick?

That is a tough call as there are so many great players out there.  I am a big fan of how John Grant Jr. can handle a stick.  I think it is incredible.

Best fight you’ve been in/seen?

I wish I could tell you about one of my fights but they just don’t happen all that often.  I would have to say the recent line brawl in Toronto was a fun one to watch.

In one word describe your “game face”.

Relaxed.

What’s the worst injury you’ve had?

I did blow out my ankle 4 years back that required surgery.  Other then that I have been pretty lucky (knock on wood). I don’t wish injury’s upon anyone at all as they are not fun.


Favourite thing about Toronto…

Proximity.  It is great to have family and friends close by to attend games.  Also the crowd support is great and I think will only get better this year.


Do you play any other sports? Did you?

Lacrosse does take up majority of my time now playing in the NLL and the MSL in the summer. I still try to get the odd game of hockey in to keep my skills toned for when my lacrosse career is over.
I was a big fan of volleyball throughout high school as well.

 

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