A lot of American players finish their college careers then try to learn the box game to make the transition to professional indoor lacrosse. Joe Resetarits took the fast track instead, playing with the Brampton Excelsiors the last two summers. His immersion in Canadian summer box, including a Mann Cup win last summer, has given him a huge leg up on guys who don’t move indoor till after grad. Circumstances in Brampton provided him with advanced placement in his box lacrosse education. In 2011, Resetarits was a complementary player who spent most of his time on the crease and seemed to score the majority of his goals the same way: catching a pass down low, stepping out towards the slot and bouncing a shot just inside the far post.
This year, with Dan Dawson missing most of the regular season and the Excels struggling to floor a full lineup many nights, Resetarits’ role and responsibility grew dramatically. He responded with panache, tying for the team lead in scoring with 18 goals and 10 assists for 28 points in 12 games. It was more than just the scoring that showed Resetarits’ maturing game, though.
He generally played up on the elbow rather than down on the crease. The ball ran through him on most possessions and he demonstrated a much more varied game. Rather than being primarily a catch and shoot guy, he moved the ball effectively and created scoring chances for himself and his teammates. He needs to work on producing more consistently—hardly a trait unique to him among young players—but he showed that his ceiling is high and he’s moving towards it steadily.
That and his American citizenship make him a highly desirable commodity in the NLL. Being American may move him up a few spots higher than he would go if he were just another good Canadian player. Make no mistake, though…Joey Res can play and he’s going to be picked early in the draft because he’s going to contribute to a team’s success.
From: Hamburg, NY
Junior A or box experience: Junior A St Catharines Athletics, Major Brampton Excelsiors, MLL Hamilton Nationals
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? My greatest asset would be my speed and quickness to get to the net.
One word to describe your game? Heart
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? I’ve had the opportunity the last two summers to be a ball carrier and to be an off ball player so I can do both those very good.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? Shawn Evans because I always admired the way he plays the game and play the game the way he plays.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Winning the 2011 Mann CupStamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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