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Lettin’ It Rip With Ryan McClay

Editor’s note: Each week Ryan Powell interviews one current or former professional lacrosse player, asking them some quick hitter questions to better understand them as a person and lacrosse player. It is often these players that have driven, and continue to drive, the game of lacrosse to the next level.

We hope you enjoy learning some fun facts that you might not have known about some of the greatest players to pick up a stick. This week Rhino interviews Ryan McClay, former Cornell star, Team USA stud, and currently a pro player for the Boston Cannons!

Ryan McClay
Ryan McClay

Name: Ryan McClay

Position: Defense

Birthday: August 6th, 1981

Hometown: Mahopac, NY

College: Cornell

High School: Mahopac High School

Awards: 4 Time All American (2 Time First Team) 2003 Ivy League Player of the Year, All World Team 2002, 2010.  Most Valuable Defensive Player at 2002 World Championships, 3 Time MLL All Star

Current Gig: Director of Operations for a Private Real Estate Investment Company

Ryan McClay
Ryan McClay

Time to let it rip!

What was the first vehicle that you had? What kind of vehicle do you currently drive?

Then, a Chevy TrailBlazer. Now, an Audi A-4

Last meal, what is it?

Egg Salad on Wheat

What is your biggest fear? Letting down the people in my life I care about.

If you had to redo college and had to go to another school and you were going to play lacrosse at the new school, where would you go?


What is the one thing that you need on a daily basis?


What’s in your DVD collection?

Harry Potter Series

Are you a cat person or a dog person? 


Ryan McClay
Ryan McClay

What are some of your household chores? 

Taking out the garbage

What your favorite TV show? 


What is your favorite song? 

Hello World

What would you say if someone on the street asked you for 20 bucks? 

I don’t carry cash (which is true)

What was the best lacrosse stick that you ever owned?

Original Warrior Revolution

If you could be a video game character, who would you be and why? 


What kind of cologne do you wear? 

Ryan McClay’s natural scent

If you could be any color of a crayon, what would you be? 


What is your favorite quote? 

“If you’re early you’re on time, if you’re on time your late, if you’re late you’re forgotten.”

If you did not choose lacrosse as your sport, what sport would you have chosen? 


What do you want to be remembered for? 

Being an overachiever & a team first player

What is your favorite pizza topping? 


Meatball Pizza
Mmm... meaty.


Did you have a nick name as a kid? 


If you were to play an instrument what would it be? 

Guitar ( I think the reason is self explanatory)

If you could visit anywhere in the world that you have not visited before, where would it be? 


If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be? 


What is the longest you’ve gone without a shower?

4 days

If you knew you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you take with you? 

Water, knife, lighter

Tell us one random thing about yourself? 

I played Trumpet in the band & jazz band throughout high school

Favorite restaurant of all time? Name and what city? 

Boatyard, Ithaca NY

Boat Yard Grill
Not too shabby (from boatyardgrill.com)

Who is your celebrity crush? 

Carrie Underwood

On your day off, you wake up and…..?

Get a cup of coffee and walk to the beach

Are you a good tipper?


What do you put on your hot dog? 

Relish, ketchup, mustard

Why do you wear the # that you wear? 

34, I really admire Walter Peyton.

Walter Payton
Walter Payton (from students.cis.uab.edu)