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In the Locker Room: Matthew and Daniel Fineman

The Review sat down with third-year lacrosse players, and identical twins, Matthew and Daniel Fineman to discuss their chemistry on the field, parental mix-ups and life after Oberlin.

Brenna Sheldon

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When did you start playing lacrosse?

M: Fourth grade.

Did you play other sports growing up?

M: We played football, ice hockey, roller hockey, soccer and baseball.

D: We were miserable at baseball. They put us in the outfield, where they put all the bad players.

M: It was boring because no one ever hit balls out there.

D: But we got lots of free ice cream out of it.

Do you work well together on the lacrosse field?

M: Yes. We know how to work together, and I know how he plays. We understand each other’s flaws and strengths.

D: On the field, during games, we work well together.

M: I play defender and he plays long stick middie.

D: He makes lots of assists to me. We work well together because we’ve played together for so long.

What about off the field?

M: We bicker.

D: A lot. But it’s better than it used to be.

Can you read each other’s minds?

D: Reading minds doesn’t exist.

M: But we’ve spent more time together over the past 21 years than most couples who’ve been married for 21 years.

D: So our train of thought is similar. We can finish each other’s sentences.

What is your best lacrosse memory?

M: When we were sophomores in high school.

D: We were down three points and had two minutes left in the game and we came back to beat them on their home field, on senior night.

Does being twins ever get you into trouble with girls?

M: We avoid the same girls.

D: Yeah, as soon as one of us gets with her, it’s over. It’d be like water and oil [if we both got with the same girl]; they just don’t mix.

What are your most noticeable physical differences?

M: I’ve got thicker cheekbones.

D: I have a skinnier face. I also always wear a watch.

M: That’s cheating.

Do your parents ever mix you up?

M: If we’re driving in the car sometimes my dad mixes us up if he’s not looking at us. But they’re pretty good.

D: They used to paint one of our pinky nails purple to tell us apart. And when we were first born they called us Baby One and Baby Two.

M: I can’t tell our baby pictures apart.

So what are your personality differences?

D: I’m a quieter person.

M: But he’s also angrier.

D: I have a short fuse.

Do you ever do twin swaps? Have one of you ever gone to classes for the other?

M: Not classes, because that doesn’t help us.

D: But if I’m talking to someone and they guess my name wrong, I’ll be like yeah, I’m Matt. Especially if they’ve known me for a while and still can’t figure it out.

How did you decide on Oberlin?

M: Our dad came here. You know, legacy.

D: We just love the snow, what can I say?

M: Yeah, we love Ohio…

What are your future plans for life and lacrosse?

M: I would like to find a job in biology field research. And lacrosse — beer leagues in the summer, otherwise there is not much to do in the sport.

D: I’d like to play lacrosse on an occasional basis in tournaments, but there is not much you can do after college unless you are one of the best [Division I] players. So I plan to go back to climbing and pick up other sports. As for life I’m not sure. I hope to do something I am passionate about.

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