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Interview w/ David Manning

After open practices were complete, I had a chance to chat with Loyola (M.D.) defender David Manning. Manning, native of Chapel Hill, NC, will be playing his hometown team for a chance to win his second national championship as a player. He is undecided whether he will accept his offer to play for the Long Island Lizards professionally or continue to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.


Lawrence Davis: What does it mean to be back at championship weekend for the second time

David Manning: It means a lot more. Freshman year, I just kind of sat on the bench and watched it from the sidelines. After that year, I just wanted to be on that stage [again] and play. Ending on a national championship my fifth year, it would mean the world.


LD: What have you learned in the past five years that would help you this weekend?

DM: I think that the most disciplined team and most focused team will be the most successful team. All of the little things, we are on top of it as a team together. I think the team that breaks apart and does not notice the small details, they will not be a close team on gameday.


LD: What does defense mean to you?

DM: Communication, toughness, you know, they balance your 6-v-6. Those six guys come together to battle the other six guys, it is just a war out there.


LD: Being from Chapel Hill, how will it be facing UNC to get to your dream?

DM: That’s a dream come true! I have always wanted to play UNC in the regular season, but it just never happened. Playing them in the semifinals is even better!


LD: Will you be nervous?

DM: I think it will be more excitement. At this point, you do not really get nervous. You just want to get to gameday. This is the worst time before the game, I just want to play.


LD: Has there been any special request to see you play in the tournament?

DM: No, not really. I was really hoping that Luke Kuechly would hit me up, but he has not.


LD: What are you looking forward to the most this weekend outside of the game?

DM: I think it would be making memories with my team. We hope to go out on top this year. It would be nothing better than that.


Manning switched his number from #19 to #59 this season to honor his favorite football player, Luke Kuechly.



David Manning
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Lawrence Davis III
Lawrence Davis, a Durham, North Carolina native, is a Sports Editor/Writer and Webmaster. The High Point University Alum has been writing for the magazine since 2013, covering Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) sports year round, as well as the Durham Bulls (Triple-A) baseball team in spring and summer. Davis is also the Head Coach of the Sanderson High School Varsity Lacrosse team in Raleigh NC, leading his team to numerous school records in only four years with the program. Davis still manages to assist in the organization and facilitation of the Annual NC MLK/Black History Month Parade, Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration, Spectacular Magazine Men of the Year and Spectacular Magazine Women of the Year award programs, among other events. Despite his busy schedule, Lawrence has built and maintains the Spectacular Magazine website and social media. @lawdavis13

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