The big knock on many of the American ballers looking to take the step to indoor lacrosse is that they lack experience. Because even though the field and box games are still lacrosse, they’re 2 very different games. Grant Catalino knows this and if you know lacrosse, indoor or outdoor, you know Catalino’s got game no matter where you wanna play. Big, strong and quick, Catalino’s not only logged time on the big stage of the NCAA, he’s also put in some time at the Junior A level with Six Nations of OLA. And in both games, Catalino’s proven he’s a scorer who can rip it hard, or muscle his way to space. Either way, it’s a skill set that GMs are well aware of and is sure to make him a high pick come draft time.
And even if he doesn’t have the ball, how do you ignore a 6-foot, 5-inch frame working the area? You don’t. And if the 3.44 grade-point average he carried into his senior season as a Finance major at the University of Maryland doesn’t show you he’s got some smarts in addition to the skill, let the fact that he runs a successful lacrosse camp with his brother, former Duke baller Michael Catalino, seal the deal.
In short, Catalino brings it. Whether you need him to score a goal or clear space for someone else to score a goal, this kid’s got the size, skill and determination to win. It’s a combination to make the rest of the average Joes green with envy, and he’ll make a solid addition to any team that calls his name on draft day.
Height: 6′ 5″
From: Rochester, NY
Junior A: Six Nation Arrows
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL?
Good stick skills, good shooter and big.
One word to describe your game?
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL?
Offense. Playing within the team offense strategy.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after?
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career?
Winning the ACC championship and bringing Maryland back to the NCAA Championship in 2011.
Anything else to add?
My first summer playing, I learned that the box game is very different from the outdoor game. Once I learned how the flow of the offense ran and how to shoot on the small goals with big goalies, the game became much more fun and exciting to play.
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