|February 29, 2008 - Cannons defenseman Reece Pacheco sat down with BOSTONCANNONS.COM for the latest Q&A feature.
What is your stick and head of choice?
I loved the Nitrous (Brine) except that it didn't last long in terms of stiffness so Matt (Shinney, our equipment manager) hooked me up with the Warrior Stiffi and I really liked it. Warrior Titaniums are great for shafts.
When and how did you get involved in lacrosse?
My mom bought me my first stick at a yard sale when I was in fourth or fifth grade. It was an STX Golden Hi-Wall. I played around a bit, but there was no one to throw with until sixth grade when my town started a program. The coaches stuck me on defense with a Brine Shotgun head on a full length pole and I started going "over-the-head" right away.
Do you have any role models, if so who and why?
My mom. She's a woman of substance.
What is your most embarrassing lacrosse moment?
While I played at Bucknell in my sophomore year, during a scrappy fall scrimmage against Villanova, there was some trash-talk going on between a defensive teammate and a 'Nova attackman. I forget everything that happened, but at some point my teammate said something to the effect of "it doesn't matter what the score is now, 'cause someday I'll be your boss and you'll be stuck in middle-management... blah blah blah." I couldn't believe it. There's just no reason to ever be thinking like that on a lacrosse field. I was embarrassed to be on the same team as him.
Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
I'm a pretty good photographer and filmmaker, though I don't get to do it as much as I'd like.
What is your favorite food and drink?
I grew up in the family restaurant, so I like everything... except raw onions.
What is your greatest career highlight or proudest lacrosse moment?
Lacrosse has provided so many great memories, but most recently it was stepping on the field as a Cannon in Boston for my first time. The Boston fans are the best and the energy in Harvard Stadium is so palpable. When the game started, I remembered how hard I have worked my whole life just to get to that point and I was proud to have realized a dream.
Favorite sports team?
New England Patriots... growing up in MA, it's an obvious choice, especially the way they've won over the last few years, but what I really appreciate is the way the entire organization is managed - playing as a team, not being a superstar, always thinking about getting better and looking ahead to the next win. It is why they're so successful.
What is the first thing you do after a lacrosse game?
EAT! I keep it light before the game, but it's tough to do with night games in the MLL. By the time we get off the field, I'm shaking from hunger.
If you were commissioner of the league for one day and could make a change what would it be?
This might be something for the long run, but plan an international MLL exhibition tour! Australia, Europe, Asia - lacrosse is played in these areas, but not too well. I'd divide the MLL into three groups of four teams. Each group plays in a different place, in a tournament just like the MLL finals. Expose the rest of the world to the best lacrosse on Earth and lead the way in developing the international market.
If you did not play professional lacrosse, what would you be doing?
Writing and directing short films. Taking surf and snowboard trips around the world. Ballin' in general.
What do you hope to be doing or where do you hope to be in 20 years?
At my office in Sydney, as Commissioner of MLL Australia.