Q&A with Matthew Hoszko
From: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Majors: Business Management, Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Activities: Vice President of Student Athletic Council, Public Relations Coordinator of WRNC 97.7FM
Q. How did you discover lacrosse?
A. Lacrosse was a major part of growing up in Canada. It was always hockey in the winter and lacrosse during the spring and summer months. I was actually lucky enough to have a lot of classmates along with other hockey players and teammates on my lacrosse teams.
Q. You play hockey and lacrosse. Are they similar?
A. Hockey and lacrosse are very similar because of the intensity and teamwork needed for both sports. Although I was both a hockey and lacrosse player, other similarities would be soccer and basketball. This is because they involve passing, shooting, scoring, and relying on each team member to get the job done.
Q. For the uninitiated, could you describe lacrosse in three sentences or less?
A. Lacrosse is a fast-paced, team sport. It involves thinking on the fly, quick decision-making, mental and physical toughness, along with a desire to compete just like every other sport. It is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the Midwestern United States.
Q. What’s your best lacrosse moment?
A. Competing in numerous provincial tournaments along with placing fourth in Ontario one year during the provincial box lacrosse tournament (box lacrosse is also referred to as indoor lacrosse).
Q. What about spectating?
A. Watching lacrosse, some of the best moments I have seen is the grit and toughness. Big hits and solid defensive plays from goalies or defensemen are the things that turn my eye.
Q. Do you have favorite teams?
A. The Toronto Rock of the NLL. They are a professional box lacrosse team located in Toronto. When I was growing up it seemed like every year they would get the best players and be the most exciting to watch. Not to mention all of the titles they seemed to win when I was heavily involved in lacrosse as a kid.
Q. Do you plan to play for Northland?
A. I would love to be apart of Northland’s lacrosse team. I have tremendous experience with the game and I feel like our school will love it! Not to mention with the addition of a new field on campus, being apart of the whole process would be extremely exciting to me. I look forward to the opportunity of being a member of the LumberJack lacrosse team!