There’s a theory out there that younger brothers often grow up to be better than older brothers in their game of choice. Growing up together, the younger bother often lacks the physical tools to compete with older brother, which results in all those backyard beatdowns in pickup games. But that doesn’t diminish the drive, and younger brother continues to feed on that desire until one day, little bro gets the best of big bro. Joe Resetarits understands this because he lived it as the younger brother of Frank Resetarits. But for as much competition as there is for Joe, the No. 6 overall draft pick by the Calgary Roughnecks, there’s a ton of love as well. “The things he’s taught me over the years, I’ve looked up to him and he’s the biggest influence in my life sports-wise,” said Joe. “He’s been there for everything for me.”
For a fella who has never even played a game in the National Lacrosse League, Joe Resetarits is off to a great start. And it goes way beyond the tips and pointers he’s getting from older brother Frank, who played with the San Jose Stealth and Buffalo Bandits. Joe logged Junior A summers with St. Catharines, just across the border from his hometown of Hamburg, N.Y., and the last 2 summers have been spent with the Brampton Excelsiors of Major Series Lacrosse.
Still, the 6-foot, 190-pound right-hander admits he’s got to pinch himself as he embarks on fulfilling a dream.
“Since I was a little kid, I’d go to Bandits games and it’s a special thing,” he said. “I can’t wait to get in there.”
“In there” is Calgary, and since the Roughnecks made Resetarits their first pick of the draft, so he says there’s an obligation that comes with that.
“I’ve played box, but being an American kid and they felt that good about me that they took me in the first round, I’m taking that to heart,” he said. “I think my speed and my quickness is what they like. I’ve always been complimented about that, even when I was being recruited for college. My speed and my desire to win.”
Resetarits says he plans to live in Calgary during the NLL season and any thoughts of him “star-gazing” shouldn’t be too much of a worry, even as he joins a team with the likes of Curtis Dickson, Jeff Shattler, Scott Ranger and Dane Dobbie. Besides, that’s where the experience in Brampton comes into play.
“You’re there to play and make the team,” he said. “That’s the mentality I have. I know I can help. I got to play with one of the best players in the world in Dan Dawson. He was a mentor, teaching me stuff and getting me to be a much better player.”
Yeah, you don’t do a lot of ball-watching when Dawson is your teammate or else you end up with a few passes bouncing off your facemask. And it’s no fun explaining why that happened when you get back to the bench. And if you find yourself having to explain it too often, you’ll find a permanent seat there and that wasn’t the case for Resetarits, who tied for the team lead in scoring for the regular season.
No matter who is on this team, Resetarits is on the cusp of realizing a dream. Playing in the National Lacrosse League is more and more the goal of many lacrosse players and Resetarits isn’t about to let this chance go without an honest effort.
“I’m getting to play a sport I love,” he said. “There’s a ton of excitement, the crowds, everything about it. It’s a great city (Calgary), a great team and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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