Hailing from Plainview, NY, Brent Herbst made quite the name for himself at mid-major, Siena College. He was named to the All-MAAC team four times and was a two-time Honorable Mention All-American. This past summer was Brent’s rookie season in the MLL where he served as a back-up for the Long Island Lizards.
Q: What are you doing to stay on top of your game in the off-season?
A: At the moment I have been working out several times a week to stay in shape, and recently I started training for a half marathon. However, nothing can really get you in game shape the same as actually playing.
Q: Do you have a favorite story from your rookie season in the MLL?
A: I really actually enjoyed the actual draft day from my first year in the MLL. A group of MLL incoming rookies were asked to play Team USA during the day and the actual draft took place later that evening. That experience was definitely very cool.
Q: Are you a sweatpants goalie?
A: Yeah. I have always been a big sweatpants guy. I wear baggy XXL sweatpants because they’re always good for a few saves a season, and I’ve always felt more comfortable in sweatpants versus shorts.
Q: What type of stick are you using these days?
A: I still use the same stick I used throughout college. A Nemesis head with 12-diamond mesh and a Gait 803 Shaft.
Q: What’s it like playing in the MLL, and how do you like it compared to college?
A: The MLL is definitely a much different game than the college level. Each league has its’ positive and negatives. The MLL is a lot of fun because it gives you the opportunity to play against the best players in the world. All of the shooters in the MLL are extremely talented and can snipe from anywhere on the field, so there are really no soft shots or good matchups for the defense. That being said, the MLL is also geared towards offensive players while the college game is much more even. As a goalie, the college game is clearly more favorable.
Q: Do you have any advice for the younger crowd?
A: Goalie is a unique position because there is no prototypical body type needed to be successful. For younger goalies, I would say the key is to see as many shots as possible. That’s really the only way to get better and improve on their weaknesses.