In our latest installment of QuickStick Q&A, we caught up with Plattsburgh State’s Nick Della Ratta. Nick is a defensive midfielder for the Cardinals who hails from St. Anthony’s on Long Island. This past fall he was named a captain as a junior and is looking to lead Plattsburgh to another strong campaign in 2018. The 2017 SUNYAC Champions have a strong slate ahead of them and a wealth of returning talent ready to crack the NCAA Tournament once again.
2017 was a great year for Plattsburgh lacrosse. Knocking off #4 Cortland in the SUNYAC Championship Game ultimately being the best moment. Make your case as to why and how you guys can make another post seasons run (in either the conference, national tournament or both).
Last year was a great run. We had a great group of guys that really brought into the program. It was our hard work that really brought us far last year and I think that’s something that is now really instilled in the program. We have a big freshman class with a ton of great talent that has continued this process. It’s not going to be easy but our hard work and dedication to the fundamentals will bring us a long way. Its all about each guy knowing their role and bringing the younger guys along with those who’ve already had that experience.
This fall you were named a team captain as a junior, what does that mean to you?
Being honored by my coaching staff and teammates as being named a junior captain meant the world to me. It was something I took to our heart and really appreciated.
Favorite locker room songs(s)?
Currently, Gods Plan by Drake.
Who are some newcomers to look out for or players who have “waited their turn” and expect to break out?
Expect a big year out of sophomore midfielder Kevin Litchauer. Played a big roll on the starting midfield last year as a freshman. A dominant midfielder that knows what it takes to win.
Toughest matchup you’ve ever faced? (can be team matchup, or personal in college or HS)
Middlebury is always a great team and is a powerhouse in the NESCAC that is always a great matchup for us.
Favorite lacrosse memory?
Winning the conference last year and experiencing selection Sunday with the boys.
What’s your current stick set up?
Currently using an EVO x with a kryptolyte shaft and a string king mesh kit.
Who’s the funniest guy in your locker room?
By far funniest guy on the team is senior defenseman Tyler Copious.
What’s your favorite non-lacrosse activity you do with your teammates?
Our team plays pick-up basketball a lot which is really enjoyable. Love getting up and down the court with the boys.
Chipotle or Qdoba?
Who was your favorite athlete when you were a kid?
Favorite athlete as a kid was always Derek Jeter. An inspiration for all young kids.