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Utahns Abroad: Tanner Matheny of the Hendrix Warriors

Tanner Matheny
c/o Hendrix Athletics
Tanner Matheny graduated from American Fork High School in 2012 as a Divsion I All-State 2nd team defender. From there, he was recruited to play at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Hendrix is a NCAA Division III lacrosse college. As he wraps up his freshman year, he was some advice for those who are hoping to play at the next level. ” Make sure you work hard. Hit the wall, because when you step on the field you better be prepared for the next level or you will be passed by faster then you think,” He said.
Utah Lacrosse News: How big is your school?
Tanner Matheny: It’s about 1,600 students so a smaller school for sure.
ULN: What do you like most about the city you are in?
TM: I have only been here for two weeks, but I love the atmosphere people are very accepting. I love the small town feel, it gives you the feeling of belonging.
ULN: What is College lax like?
TM: Its hard but worth it, It takes things to a whole new level. In high school you lax in college you play lacrosse.
ULN: Hardest part?
TM: Probably balancing class work and lacrosse. I mean you have to hit the wall, workout, do homework and go class. Its like juggling.
ULN: Best Part?
TM: The best part is being part of something bigger then you. I have never felt more connected with a team then I do here, it truly is brother-ship. We all work hard, that’s the difference between us and other teams, we all believe we deserve to win because we work hard day in and day out.
ULN: What is your Major?
TM: I am majoring in Philosophy
ULN: What game are you most looking forward to playing in this next season and why?
TM: My first season game, it will be my first college game and I am excited to feel that different atmosphere, that feeling that I am now officially a college athlete, all my work paid off…..finally.
ULN: What is the biggest difference between High School and College ball?
TM: The speed and the dedication, also how much chemistry you have with the team, we hang out and live with each other. everyone is looking out for each other. Were just a big surrogate family.

Good luck with the last few games of the season Tanner!

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