You know that feeling you get when someone tells you can’t do something? Kinda makes want to do it even more, doesn’t it? That’s where Eric DiProspero finds himself today, on a mission to show the National Lacrosse League he belongs with the elite of the indoor lacrosse world. A stud d-man as a long-stick middie and on the man-down unit at Johns Hopkins University, he’s already shown he can run with the elite of the field game and when you D it up at the Hop, a team coached by one of the all-time great defensemen in Dave Pietramala, it’s no joke. DiProspero says getting cut during the Philadelphia Wings camp last year “left a sour taste in my mouth.”
But that experience didn’t defeat him. It motivated him. He got back on the horse quickly and took any avenue he could find to improve his indoor game. PLL ball with the Reading Rockets. NALL ball with the Baltimore Bombers and BILL ball with Pickled Parrot.
“I have less than a year of box experience to my name but feel I have made great strides in picking up the game,” he told ILIndoor. “I will right back at it this winter trying to make the Wings or whatever team will have me to camp.”
How’s that for driven? The draft isn’t until Sept. 16, but it sounds like DiProspero is ready to go right now. What coach wouldn’t love that?
From: West Chester, PA
Experience: Johns Hopkins
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? Ability to be coached. From having played box for less than a year to becoming one of the better known transition players of the NALL in that short time frame shows my ability to learn and adapt. Not being selected to a NLL camp last year really left a sour taste in my mouth.
One word to describe your game? Scrappy
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? A no-nonsense type of player that does his job and then gets off the floor. I can bring a tough and physical presence to the floor and will stand toe to toe, regardless of my match up.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Being named a captain at Johns Hopkins by my peers. To be able to lead the most prestigious lacrosse program in the country has an indescribable feeling of pride and accomplishment.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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