Lakeland senior Griffin Shiland is a long stick midfielder and team captain on the Lakeland/Panas lacrosse team. He also played on the basketball team.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?
I was in first grade and started playing for Yorktown because Shrub Oak didn’t have a youth program.
What do you think are your strengths as a lacrosse player?
My strengths are my abilities to push the ball in transition and play sound team defense.
As a senior captain on the team this year, how do you see your role as a leader?
My role as a leader is to motivate everyone on the team to give it their all during practice and games.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
My favorite postgame ritual would be to hang out with some friends and eat some good food.
Who has been your biggest role model and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role models have been my parents because they’ve taught me nothing comes easy in life and you have to work for what you want.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
Not a lot of people know that I won best dancer 2017 at the Lakeland High School award night.
What does it mean to be able to play for Lakeland/Panas lacrosse?
It means a lot to play for a traditional power in Lakeland/Panas and looking back on all the section titles won and the past players who have been through the program makes it even more special.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I will be studying sports management and marketing at Salisbury. I have always had an interest in sports and business. It is the perfect mix.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite professional athlete is Eric Berry and my favorite professional sports team is the Miami Dolphins.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
I listen to anything pregame from rave to country to hip hop.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
My super power would be the ability to heal because it could help eliminate sickness and disease from people’s lives.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I would vacation to Bora Bora because the pictures of it look incredible and it’s somewhere that nobody I know has vacationed too.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Definitely a chicken cutlet with lettuce and tomato from Lakeland Deli as a pregame meal.
Best place to eat in Lakeland and why?
Bob-B-Q’s because of their griffburger and great service by Kristen and Lindsay.
What advice would you give to a young lacrosse player growing up in Lakeland?
My advice to a young lacrosse player growing up in Lakeland would be to work hard and to participate in other sports because they can help contribute to your lacrosse game.