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Delaware Technical Community College student-athletes interviews are back! Every Thursday, Delaware Sports Blitz will feature interviews with the student-athletes from the Community College.
The student-athlete we are featuring this week comes from Delaware Tech’s men’s lacrosse team, which is Evan Hawlk.
Hawlk talks about everything from how he started playing sports and the best part of playing on a team.
Check it out below!
How did you start playing sports?
“During my freshman year of high school, all of my friends wanted to try out for the lacrosse team, so we did it together.”
What adjustments did you have to make from the jump of high school to college, regarding the sport you play?
“I had to learn to focus more because playing a college sport while taking classes and working takes a lot of time and energy. I had to learn to use my time better so I can still be successful on and off the field.”
How do you keep yourself in game shape in the off-season for your sport?
“I play in a lot of pick-ups and rec leagues, I like to hit the weight room 3 to 4 times a week, and will practice my shooting and passing about an hour and a half each day.”
What is the best part of playing your particular position?
“My favorite part about playing attack is the ability to be creative with your dodging and scoring.”
What has a former or current coach taught you, that you still use today on or off the playing field?
“That people notice when you put in the work even when it does not seem like it.”
What is a typical day for you when the season is in full force?
“I’ll go to work for about 5 hours, come home and get in a few hours of homework and maybe some shooting if the weather is nice, and then head to practice to finish off the night.”
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
“My greatest strength is my energy whenever it comes to game time or being competitive. I like to get into it and give it my all.”
What do you feel you are weakest at and what do you work on to improve it?
“My communication can be lacking sometimes, but I try and work on doing better every day and at practice.”
Describe some of the highlights of your athletic career.
“The highlight of my athletic career was my senior season, where I committed to play at Delaware Tech, scored 46 points, and started during the high school all-star game.”
What is the best part of playing on a team?
“The comradery is my favorite part because I like to think of my team as my family, and getting to hang out with everyone each night and just playing lacrosse is so much fun for me.”
How do you stay motivated during the highs and lows of a season?
“Whenever we are at a high or low point in the season, I like to remember it’s not the end yet. There’s going to be another game, another goal, and another chance.”
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
“My biggest challenge was my sophomore season. That was the year I began to play varsity, but while having the skill to start I was made a JV floater. Over the season, I worked hard to improve and gain confidence on the field until the end of the year when I was starting games.”
In what ways, does playing a sport, help you with your studies?
“I find playing lacrosse to be a way to kind of let go, when I’m on the field, I try not to think about anything else, and it helps me feel better and focus in on the work that needs to be done.”
How would you like to be remembered by your teammates and coaches?
“I want to be remembered as the player who gave it their all. I want to be the player who took every opportunity he had and was one of the hardest workers during practice.”
Why did you choose to play at Delaware Tech?
“I chose to play at Delaware Tech because it was close to home. I was offered both the SEED and an athletic scholarship, plus a lot of my teammates I played with during high school were choosing to attend and play here also.”
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