Inside The Crease with Evan Griffin

by Trenton Gafner

Name: Evan Griffin

University: Calvin University 

Position: Goalie

Year: Senior Year 

Major: Finance

1. When and why did you start playing goalie?

 I started playing goalie in fourth grade. I was an attackman at the time, but our goalie got hit in the chest during warmups and refused to play that game. So, I stepped in and the rest is history.

2. How did you get the nickname Gator?

I got the nickname Gator at a summer ball tournament in fifth grade. It was a rainy day and we had made it to the championship game. Our coach kept telling us to defend our swamp, and I had one of the best games of my early career. So, after that game my coach started calling me Gator.

3. Most memorable event as a youth  & high schooler player?

Most memorable event for me would be the Boo Bash fall tournament I won with the Hartland Squad a few years in a row. Playing lacrosse in costumes was always so funny to me and those tournaments were some of the most fun I have had with the sport. Also, making a few runs to the State Semifinals with Hartland was something I will never forget. 

4. Why did you choose Calvin?

I chose Calvin because this university is a great academic institution, and had a coach that I knew I wanted to play for. The amazing facilities were also a plus, and I could not feel anymore at home than I do here.

5. Favorite college memory, doesn’t have to be lacrosse related?

My favorite college memory would actually be this year's spring break. Calvin had disallowed spring break the past two years as a result of COVID. To once again have the opportunity to fly to Texas, eat barbecue, play lacrosse, and hang out in Austin with the fellas was an experience like no other. It was cool to be able to try Whataburger and In-N-Out. 

6. What do you like to do for fun when not playing lacrosse? 

I love to disc golf when I am not playing lacrosse. This has been a great stress reliever to me, as a college course load paired with college athletics consumes most of my time. To be able to get outside, usually at beautiful parks in the Grand Rapids area, and play a fun sport with some of my friends has been a real blessing. I also enjoy bowling, and am the reigning Calvin Men's Lacrosse bowling tournament champion. 

7. Heard you're a good bowler, what is your highest game ever?

My highest bowling game is actually a 300. Shooting a perfect game was definitely a major highlight in my life, and I certainly miss my competitive bowling days. 

8. What advice would you give to a high schooler looking at colleges?

I would advise current high schoolers to not only find a team and coach they can commit to, but also find a school they want to be at. The worst thing I have ever seen is a player go to a school solely for lacrosse, and suffer a career altering injury. Then they are stuck at a school they soon realize they dislike. So, be sure to find the right fit athletically and academically. 

9. Who has helped you the most in life?

My dad has helped me the most in life. Constant advice, support, coming to every game, and always mentoring me to be the best is something I have certainly taken for granted. I would not be half the man I am today without my dad. 

10. What are you looking forward to the most after college? 

I am moving to Wisconsin post graduation as I have accepted a role there for a software company. I am looking forward to getting my own place and seeing what it is like to make it on my own. I also plan on playing disc golf or bowling more competitively to keep that competitive edge I currently satisfy through lacrosse!

Thanks Gator & Best of Luck