Throughout the season, you’ve been the first man off the bench. Coach Mitch Rubin has said you’ve given the team a spark in that role. What do you aim to accomplish as the first man off the bench?
I want to move the ball well, I want to make sure we’re under control and that when I go in, I’m giving the support we need. So if we start out bad, when I come in [I want to] lift the team, make us play as hard as we can.
Is that a role you cherish?
At the beginning I didn’t like it as much, but you grow into it. Right at the 8-minute mark, when [Rubin] tells you to warm up, you’re ready. You say, “This is my time.” You have to do everything you can for your team.
Initially, why didn’t you like this role?
I wanted to start. At the beginning, I wanted them to call my name [during the announcement of the starting lineups]. But coming off the bench, honestly, it helps me because I have more time to stretch, get myself prepared for the game. And I get to see how the game’s playing before I go in.
Once you’re in the game, what are some of the things you want to do?
I want to move the ball well, move it quick. I don’t like running as much because it gets me tired. If I have the opportunity to pass, I like to play quick.
Being down two goals against North Harford in the state quarterfinals on Saturday, you’ve never been in this position before. How did you guys stay in the game mentally?
Coach [Rubin] talked to us; he wanted us to remain calm. We weren’t used to it, but he wanted us to give it our all. He said every single play can make a difference. That’s something all the players know, and every single play can be the play that puts up a goal. When you go 100 percent like we did, every play counts.