St. Mary’s senior men’s lacrosse player Javier Flores just wrapped up his final season for the Seahawks. Flores is a double major in economics and Spanish who enjoys the waterfront, visiting Puerto Rico, and his beloved New England Patriots. INTRODUCING … Javier Flores.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I started playing lacrosse my freshman year of high school, and started out as an attackman (I play defense now). Growing up I played baseball and football and didn’t know much about the sport of lacrosse, but so many of my friends had played lacrosse that I decided to give it a shot.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
I am double major in economics and Spanish. In economics, one of the more important things I have learned is how there are many unique, complex, and different economies but they are all connected. In Spanish, improving my Spanish as a whole has been the most important.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
The waterfront. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the good weather with friends.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
Puerto Rico. Both sides of my family are from Puerto Rico and I still have some family that lives on the island. Great people, weather, and food there.
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)?
The past few years I have volunteered at the school my mother is the guidance counselor at over summer and winter breaks. I’ve helped students with their academics and encouraged them to continue their work.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
Playing in the Face-off for a Cause game my freshman year. It was a close, competitive game with a great crowd that helped raise money for military veterans.
Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?
One of my first lacrosse coaches, John Middleton, who passed away in 2012. When I first started playing lacrosse he gave me the opportunity to try out for his club team long after tryouts had finished. He always believed the players he coached could have success on and off the field. His goal as a coach was to get his players to a college they truly wanted to attend at any level, and he was there to support us throughout the entire college process during high school.
What is the most important societal issue facing college students?
Being able to work through adversity. We are in a day in age where there are many different forms of communication and media. It has become common to come across opinions that we may not agree with, so it is important to have difficult discussions face to face with our peers instead of discussing them behind a keyboard, screen, or not having them at all.
If you could change any one item in the world (in your personal life, school, community, amateur or professional sports, national/international issue, etc.), what would it be, why, and how would you do it?
Clean water for those who lack access to it. Could provide filters and clean water for those in need.
What is your favorite form of entertainment?
I enjoy listening to and playing music. With all the apps that exist today accessing music of all different genres is easier than ever.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
Don’t worry about what others may think, have fun with whatever makes you happy.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
The New England Patriots and Tom Brady. Both the greatest franchise and quarterback of all time.
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with (and why)?
Bill Belichick, Gandalf the Grey, and the Dalai Lama. There would be a lot of wisdom in the room to learn from.