Max Seibald ’09 Shines in Senior Season at Cornell
In May, Cornell men’s lacrosse star Max Seibald and his senior teammates had to miss their graduation. At least they had a good excuse: The team was preparing to face upstate rival Syracuse University for the 2009 NCAA Championship the following day.
The Big Red came within four seconds of the title before the Orange netted a game-tying goal en route to a 10–9 overtime victory. Cornell’s near-miss was oddly familiar. As a sophomore, Seibald led an upstart team that advanced to the NCAA semifinals, only to allow the game-winning goal to Duke University with four seconds on the clock.
Despite falling just short to Syracuse, Seibald is satisfied with the accomplishments of the team, which included 10 seniors from CALS. “I’m proud of every one of [our players], and I wouldn’t trade this group of guys for a national championship,” Seibald said moments after the May 25 game. “The experience I’ve had with these guys for the last four years and this last year, I wouldn’t trade it for a ring.”
Seibald had reason to celebrate three days after the NCAA Championships when he was named the winner of the 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation’s premier lacrosse player. He is the first Cornellian to win the award and holds the record for career goals by a Big Red midfielder. During his standout career, the applied economics and management major earned many other honors for his achievements in the classroom, in the community, and on the playing field.
“To win the Tewaaraton, it took a great season from our team,” Seibald says. “Even though it’s an individual award, it was the team that lifted me up for it.”
After the season, the Denver Outlaws made Seibald the second overall pick in the 2009 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft, and he went on to appear in the All-Star Game. (In an odd twist, his first pro season ended with a loss to the Toronto Nationals in the closing seconds of the MLL championship game.) He’s now preparing to play in the indoor National Lacrosse League and competing for a spot on the U.S. National Team. In between practice and games, he puts on clinics for youth players under his newly formed enterprise, Maximum Lacrosse Camps.
At 22, Seibald hopes to have a long lacrosse career ahead of him. He is also talking to fellow AEM alumni about possible business opportunities. No matter what path he chooses, he says his dedication to the sport won’t fade. “Lacrosse has been a major part of my life since I was a kid. I want to remain involved—whether it’s playing or coaching—and give back to a game that’s given so much to me.”
The Cornell men’s lacrosse team was playing in the NCAA finals and unable to attend the May 24 commencement, so they received their diplomas in a special ceremony after the finals.