Interview with Kyle Bergman

Interview with Kyle Bergman

West Philly's Finest was lucky enough to sit down with senior captain Kyle Bergman at an undisclosed location on Drexel's campus to get an interview.  Between Bergs' hectic class schedule, active twitter feed & some unfinished business on the field, we were lucky enough to capture some great insight from the player formerly known as Wild Man.  Thanks, Kyle

 

West Philly's Finest:    Kyle, first off, let’s talk about being a captain of this program.  A couple years ago the past captains were honored at half time and the group of guys that stood out there that day was as fine a group of guys that this University has produced, how did it feel to join that group and get a chance to lead your team this year?

Kyle Bergman: Being voted captain by my teammates was and is a great honor.  When I think about how it feels and what it means, the word responsibility keeps popping into my head.  Me and the other Captains, as well as the entire Senior class are responsible for not only leading the way and showing the young guys how things are done around here, but also for trying to bring this program to the next level.  When I first came here, we were almost there, and we’ve almost been there my entire career at Drexel.  Ultimately, as a Captain, my main priority is finally getting us there.  It’s no secret we didn’t capitalize on opportunities the first half of the season, but what I’ve told the guys is that the beautiful thing about our schedule and this game is that we can still accomplish something very special, and it starts with kicking the piss out of Hofstra

WPF:     Getting right to it, it’s been an up and down season so far and the squad has been on the wrong side of some tough 1 goal games, how does having such a big senior class of contributors help get the team through some of these tough times?

KB: We’re a glass half full type of senior class.  We know when you lose games by 1 goal; you can’t blame any one individual or specific unit.  We’re all upset after wins, but no one is pointing fingers, we’re doing the opposite. With a senior class that has contributed so much since we started playing, we all understand our roles and hold ourselves accountable.  Our main focus right now is to make other teams match our intensity, and to play consistent, hard lacrosse for 4 quarters.  

WPF:    Over the past couple season’s you have been torturing defenses as you attacked from the midfield, with Trizano missing most of the season so far you have been asked to carry some of the load from behind, what do you like and not like about playing behind, and how have you dealt with moving back and forth?

KB: Moving back and forth within the offense doesn’t bother me one bit. From an X’s and O’s standpoint, Coach Ford has done a good job of making me comfortable from various positions on the field. Although Bates recruited me as an attackman, it was pretty clear after red-shirting my freshman year I was more effective on the field coming in from the box.  I’m used to getting the pole as a midfielder (except unexpectedly at Seacrets) so that part wasn’t very different.  I’d say transition situations and the riding game are two areas I feel I can contribute most from the attack spot, but Trizano is our best two-handed ball carrier from behind, and our offense is simply more dangerous when we’re both on the field.  That being said, Andrew Vivian has done a great job stepping up as of late, and has brought some balance back to the offense. 

WPF:    It had to feel nice to get the win on Saturday, how do you think that helps things going forward and what excites you the most about CAA play?

KB: It felt great.  Getting that win was important for a couple different reasons. We knew going into conference play with a win the previous weekend would help boost our confidence tremendously, and that confidence in turn helps set the tone for practice this week.  One thing I’ve learned over my time here, getting after it in practices is crucial to our success.  At times this year we haven’t shown up in practice as a unit and it has translated to games.  Everyone now understands the importance of working hard against each other during the week so we can go hard against Hofstra.  

WPF:      How excited are you for hearing the WPF contingent getting all over the Pride next Saturday night?

KB: Can’t wait - the WPF contingent is like the obnoxious, loving, drunk older brother I never had. 

WPF:    So, your legendary flow got the axe this season, what was the thought process there.

KB: The inspiration for the flow was to stick it to the man, but ironically it was he who ultimately held the proverbial axe.  Job interviews, coupled with the fact I had reached the “locks for love” required cutoff length meant it was time.  I’ll miss the hippie chicks braiding my hair at electric factory concerts...the looks of fear and disgust from senior citizens...but mostly I’ll miss being called wild man and actually looking like a bonafide lunatic. 

WPF:    It’s been a long season so far, I’m sure there have been some great moments, how about you let us in on one.

KB:   We did freshman skits on the Mount St. Mary’s Trip this year and they were fantastic.  For those that aren’t familiar, ever since I’ve been here the freshmen have had to do a short comedy sketch basically giving them  a free pass to call out whoever they want affiliated with the program, albeit with some casual rules (no mothers, sisters, etc.).  My freshmen year for example I candidly recall having the entire team rolling with my impeccable sketchy Mac T impression.   For those that know him, after a few cocktails he has the tendency to look at girls the same way a dog looks at steak (love you Mac).  

Anyways, the routine this year was by far the shortest I’ve witnessed, but may have had the highest jokes per second ratio.  A clever setting reenacted a night at Cav’s and had various characters from our team approach freshman Nick Saputo who was dressed as a pretty little minx.  Notable hilarious moments involve a teammate and his ability to have bowel movements at the most inopportune times, a guy being called out for facebook creeping, the classic coach callout, and a hilarious portrayal of two teammates being joined at the hip.  All in all, it was a great show, even if it was a little short.  

WPF:    On behalf of all of us, good luck the rest of the way, we truly have your back!!

KB:  Thanks guys, we appreciate the love.  See you Saturday.

 

 

Word on the street is that Bolt Bus will be picking up WPF members Saturday morning from Hunkerbunker in Long Island and bringing them straight to West Philly to give the Flying Dutchmen an earful.  Hope to see you there as well and if not, we'll be keeping it real on twitter as always @WPFLACROSSE

 

 

GO DRAGONS!!!

 

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