Ohio Machine midfielder Tom Schreiber will be playing in his first-ever Major League Lacrosse All-Star game on Saturday, June 13. And said he owes a lot to what he has been able to accomplish to this season thanks to the guidance and support of his teammates, especially one in particular.
“That’s an easy one, Kyle Harrison,” said Schreiber during Wednesday’s teleconference.
Schreiber said there was a lot of hype surrounding Harrison before getting to Ohio in his first season with the Machine.
“You hear a lot about a guy through college and everyone says, ‘oh Kyle Harrison, he’s great, he’s the best, I love the guy, and he’s an awesome teammate.’ And sure enough I get there and it’s all-true.”
Harrison said it’s great to hear Schreiber say that and remembered getting guidance from some of the veterans of the league when he was just getting his start in professional lacrosse.
“I remember sitting around Adam Doneger and AJ Hogan, Jay Jalbert, Roy Colsey, Josh Sims. Anytime I got to be around them, I tried to soak up as much as possible and learn how to be a professional and how to continue working and improving (my) game. To hear that I’m helping a young guy like Tom … is certainly something I don’t take lightly.”
Schreiber said Harrison was one of the guys who got him used to all of the aspects of being an MLL player.
“He helped me get used to everything from traveling, to playing on the field to getting on the airplane going home. He’s been a really good teammate throughout the week, getting texts, getting calls from him.”
He also said Harrison was one of the guys he looked up to as a kid.
“I don’t mean to call Kyle old or anything, but I’ve looked up to him for a while. I have his autographs at home … and it’s really cool for me to be able to play with him,” said Schreiber.
“For him to take me under his wing, and a lot of guys under his wing, has been a really great experience for me.”
Schreiber grew up in East Meadow, N.Y. and graduated from Princeton University. He left the Tigers having racked up a ton of accolades and set some records along the way, including being their all-time leader in goals, assists and points scored by a midfielder, averaging three points a game in 46 games.
He is one of only five players in Ivy League history, and the only midfielder in league history, with at least 100 goals and 90 assists.
He is also the only player in Princeton’s history to rank in the top 10 in goals (106) and assists (94) that averaged at least three seasons with 20 goals and 20 assists per year, ranking fifth all-time in total points (200), sixth in assists and seventh in goals scored.
After a prolific senior year where he led the team in goals (30) and points (51), he was taken by the Machine as the first overall pick in the 2014 MLL draft.
His rookie year started out strong, as he saw a substantial amount of playing time and immediately contributed, tallying seven assists, nine groundballs and 13 goals (including an overtime game winner against Charlotte), before breaking his wrist against Denver and had to miss the final two games of the season.
For 2015, he has been on a tear, leading the team in points (33), assists (19) and ranks second in goals scored (14).
He also comes in fifth in league play in points and leads all MLL players in assists.
Harrison said Schreiber is just now realizing his potential and his ability on the field is out of control. But in a good way.
“What impresses me the most about Tom is his ability to get the ball out of his stick and pass from his stick which is certainly a trait that not too many midfielders have. He’s watching film every day, he’s shooting every day, he’s working on his craft every day, and I think we’re seeing him do (that) on the field.”
Schreiber said coming into this year it’s been all about being a little more comfortable and developing chemistry with his teammates that has really helped him take the next step.
“I was at both training camp sessions, I’ve been at every game, every practice. Knowing where guys are going to be, picking up on (the) little things they do off-ball to see where I can try to feed them … and taking advantage of body language behind the goal where I can find a cut for somebody like that,” he said. “I think being a little more confident, getting a year under my belt, being able to do the things I was able to do in college and try to dodge a little bit more and get a little bit more involved in the offense.”
Schreiber will be joined by fellow teammate Harrison in the All-Star game as well as teammates Peter Baum, Marcus Holman and Brian Karalunas. Defenseman Dana Wilber was also named to the game but will miss out due to injury.
The ball drops at 7 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 13 in Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium and can be seen on CBS Sports Network.