Captain Interview with Jason Klunder

Captain Interview with Jason Klunder

Thanks to senior captain Jason Klunder for taking some time answering a few questions WPF sent to him leading up to the Hofstra game.  It's tough to balance academics & athletics but judging by his answers, Jason is quite the wordsmith and gave us some insightful feedback. 

 

West Philly's Finest:  After putting in three solid years of work for this program, your peers have nominated you for captain of this team. How does it feel to join the exclusive group of guys who have been captain at DU and what have enjoyed the most about leading this group of guys?

Jason Klunder: It’s always an honor being nominated to represent the interests of the team. With a large group of experienced seniors, there is a lot of leadership beyond the captains. The most enjoyable part about leading this team is definitely helping the younger guys on a day to day basis. Especially defensively, I try to give insight to the younger guys when possible.

WPF:  We’re at the mid-point of the season now.  What do you see in this team that makes you feel like you guys can compete for the CAA & the post season tourney?

JK: I think we have one of the most talented offensive groups in the country. When they find their stride they are very tough to stop. However, as the season has gone on, our defense has continued to mature and gel as a unit. If we can put it all together, we can definitely be a team to reckon with in the post season.

WPF: Going back to high school, what was the deciding factor in choosing Drexel over your other options?

JK: Growing up in the Philly area, it was an easy decision to stay in the area. Going to school in the city was a huge attraction, and playing for a great lacrosse program like Drexel was a bonus. My sister was also here playing lacrosse and started a little family tradition here.

WPF:  What do you love about Drexel lacrosse?  Where would you like to see this program headed in the near future?

JK: The tradition being built here has been fantastic. Every year more and more guys are joining the alum at WPF and really showing their love for our team. I know a CAA championship is in our future, and I would love to see this program become an annual competitor in the NCAA tournament.

WPF:  DU has stepped up their uniform game and has been looking sharp all season long.  What's your favorite combo of Lid/Top/Shorts?

JK: The overwhelming favorite for our team is the new matte blue lid and very popular gold jerseys. I also like the combo with the matching blue shorts.

WPF You guys have the Hero Bowl against Hofstra this weekend.  This rivalry has developed into one of our biggest in recent years.  There are a lot of memories for a lot of alums, what has the energy been like leading up to this game? 

JK: It doesn’t take a lot to get the team going for the first CAA matchup of the year. We know how important the second season or CAA play is for our team and where we want to go. Adding on the first annual Hero bowl, there has been a lot of extra excitement about this game for the last few weeks. We had a great overtime game last year against them and I’m sure this year’s game will be very exciting as well.

WPF Best of luck to you the rest of the way.  The entire DU Lacrosse community has your back, feel for a sign off anyway you want.

JK: On behalf of the whole team we really appreciate all that West Philly’s Finest has done over the years and love your support at all of the games. We need your help and backing for the rest of this season and playoffs to really make a run.

 

Spoken like a true gentleman.  Come one, come all and enjoy the atmosphere and the spring temperature after a long winter.  Game is at 4pm at Vidas Field but we'll get things going around 2pm.  Tunes.  Yards Philly Pale Ale.  Baby Blue's BBQ.  Good times as always and it don't cost nothing.  For those of you who can't make it out, follow us on twitter @WPFLACROSSE and watch on Drexel's free live stream.  Let us know how annoying Hofstra's parents are and GO DRAGONS!