George Lampros was quick to credit his coaches and teammates for his performance last weekend against Western Connecticut.
“We have really developed (a strong rapport) over the years,” said Lampros, a graduate kicker for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy football team. “And it plays a huge role (for me) during games.”
Lampros enjoyed his best outing of the 2021 season by converting a season-best five field goals, including a career-long 46-yard boot late in the fourth quarter, which helped the Buccaneers edge the Colonials, 22-20, and snap a six-game losing streak.
The Bridgewater, Massachusetts native also tallied one extra point to go with four punts for 163 yards with one kick landing inside the Western Connecticut 20-yard line and was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Special Teams Player of the Week.
The 16-point outing, which was the most Lampros has tallied this season, was a testament to a program that continues to put him “in the right position” to succeed as both a kicker and punter.
Lampros has enjoyed his best season with the Buccaneers by converting all 14 field goal attempts to go with nine extra points.
Noontime Sports recently caught up with George Lampros to discuss his most recent outing against the Colonials, as well as how he has improved his kicking and punting skills since his first season in 2017.
Take me through your final kick in the fourth quarter. Were you nervous about attempting a 46-yard field goal? And when the ball sailed through the uprights, what sort of emotions did you experience?
Obviously, the stakes were a bit higher and as soon as I started walking onto the field the level of the crowd escalated. Everybody understood the situation. Yes, I was a little nervous, but I’ve made that kick a thousand times before, so I knew I was ready ahead of the snap.
And when I saw the football sail through the uprights, I couldn’t help but get excited. I knew that we were close to sealing the deal, and I had done what I needed to do to help my team be successful against the Colonials.
Including the five field goals you made last Saturday, you have converted all nine attempts this fall. So, what’s the secret to your recent success as a kicker?
I have realized the importance of taking advantage of each opportunity you are presented, which motivates me to put in the work every day. After the 2020 season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I thought my journey was over, but now that I’m back on the field I know I’m not done with this sport. I’ve got a blessing on my hands, and I’ve got a lot to prove, so this is my chance to prove it.
How have you improved your kicking skills from your initial season in 2017 to this fall? Did you watch any video of yourself in action or tweak your training?
I have seen a few videos of myself and worked on tweaking a couple of small things. Other than that, I have just focused on getting stronger and converting every opportunity that I am presented with on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. I’ve also learned how to not overwork myself, which has led to previous injuries, but when I am not kicking field goals or PATs in practice, I am thinking about different scenarios that I could face during a game.
Who are a few kickers you have watched that have inspired you to become the kicker you are today?
I’ve always looked up to guys like Adam Vinatieri, who deserves to be in the National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame – he has always been known as the guy who comes through in the clutch. I’m also a big fan of Justin Tucker (Baltimore Ravens) and Greg Zuerlein (Dallas Cowboys), as well as Pat McAfee, who has established a voice for kickers and punters through his unique personality. He is certainly entertaining.
If you could only kick or punt for a team, which would it be? I know you do both for the Buccaneers, but we had to ask!
I’ve always thought I could perform better if I just focused on punting, but then again, I like putting points on the board after our team scores a touchdown.
Finally, you majored in international maritime business – what interested you in pursuing this degree? Also, what do you hope to do with it after the current school year concludes?
Since graduating with that degree, I’ve worked in project management for a large company in Weymouth. I have enjoyed the experience thus far while learning a lot which is important to me. I’m very optimistic about my future once I finish my master’s program, but I do intend to continue my training with hopes of possibly kicking at the professional level.