Jeremy Sieverts' South team fell to the North, 18-16, in the 12th-annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game at Towson University July 1. Sieverts, who prepped at McDonogh, played for the University of Maryland from 2007-2009, finishing with 40 goals and 25 assists for 65 points and 59 ground balls. He was named to the 2008 All-ACC Academic Team, was a 2008 preseason honorable mention All-American and a member of the 2007 All-ACC Academic Team. Sieverts was drafted by the Chesapeake Bayhawks with the 44th overall pick in the 2010 Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft. He was traded to the Denver Outlaws in 2011, where he became a six-time All-Star, two-time league champion and team captain.
How challenging was it getting the players prepared for the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game on such a short time frame?
Jeremy Sieverts: It was a great experience and opportunity to coach the South Team for the Under Armour All-America Game. Under Armour does a fantastic job with the entire event, and the players do a great job putting on an entertaining show.
How was the level of talent at this year's game?
JS: The level of talent was nothing short of incredible. The skill, intelligence and pace with which these high school players compete at is very impressive.
What was the key for you being able to juggle your pro career and coaching in the game?
JS: My professional team, the Denver Outlaws, always play a game on the Fourth of July with fireworks to follow in front of a fantastic crowd in Denver. So the fact that the Fourth of July fell on a Tuesday this year allowed me to be able to coach in the Under Armour All-America Game, which was something I've want to be involved with for a while now. Once I saw it worked with my schedule, I was excited to commit to being there for the event.
You're having a stellar season for the Denver Outlaws. You were also one of nine former Maryland players to make this year's Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game. How fun was it playing with/against so many Terps?
JS: It's always a special experience to be named to the MLL All-Star game, and to have that many former Terps playing makes it all the more special.
How exciting was it for you to see Maryland win that national title after a 41-year drought?
JS: Truthfully, it was a relief to see Maryland finally win the NCAA championship. I think all of the alumni felt like it was only a matter of time after coming so close in previous years. Coach [John Tillman] and his staff does such a great job preparing the players; it was great to see them finally win the last game of the season.