Q&A: MVHS Grad Balde To Play Lacrosse at Arcadia University

Q&A: MVHS Grad Balde To Play Lacrosse at Arcadia University

Majors won 10 games, reached conference final in 2015.


Mount Vernon graduate Mouctar Balde, left, will play lacrosse at Arcadia University.

Mouctar Balde spent four seasons as a member of the Mount Vernon varsity boys’ lacrosse team. As a senior, Balde was named Defensive Player of the Year in Conference 13, and earned first-team all-state honors in 5A. He helped the Majors finish 10-5 and reach the conference championship game.

Balde, who will continue his lacrosse career at Arcadia University, recently participated in a Q&A via email with The Gazette.

Gazette: You’ll be playing lacrosse at Arcadia University next season. What made Arcadia the right choice for you?

Balde: Arcadia was a school that showed a lot of interest in me since my junior year and I feel I will be entering a program that will nurture me.

Gazette: What position(s) will you play?

Balde: I will be playing defense and possibly long stick midfield.

Gazette: What are you most looking forward to about going to college?

Balde: I'm looking forward to the competition level and intensity of college ball.

Gazette: At what age did you start playing lacrosse?

Balde: I started playing lacrosse when I was 13.

Gazette: When did you realize playing college lacrosse was an option for you?

Balde: The summer of my sophomore year is when I realized that college ball was an option.

Gazette: Mount Vernon went 10-5 in 2015 and finished Conference 13 runner-up. What are your thoughts on the season went?

Balde: It was a fun season. Losing in the conference championship was disappointing, but doesn't change the great memories our team made.

Gazette: What is your favorite memory of playing lacrosse at Mount Vernon?

Balde: My favorite memory playing Mount Vernon lacrosse was from my freshman year, listening to Coach Dale Nalls' pregame speeches.

Gazette: Do you have a specific game day routine?

Balde: I had to get some Moe’s every game day but that's about it.

Gazette: What do you like to do when you’re not playing a sport?

Balde: When I'm not playing a sport I enjoy working out and talking with friends.

Gazette: Are you a pro sports fan? Which team(s) do you root for?

Balde: When it comes to football, I'm a Colts fan, but I support every other D.C. team.

Gazette: What location is the farthest you've traveled from the Washington, D.C metro area?

Balde: Farthest distance I have traveled is Dakar, Senegal.

Gazette: What’s your favorite food?

Balde: My favorite food is the chicken sandwich.

Gazette: Who is your favorite music artist? Why?

Balde: My favorite artist is Kid Cudi because he only makes feel-good music.

Gazette: What is your favorite movie? Why?

Balde: My favorite movie is “Fight Club.” It makes my head feel funny.