Following four prosperous years at the University of Delaware, Matt DeLuca is now taking the next big step in his lacrosse career. The Farmingdale native was captain of his high school team and was a two time All-American and All-County Selection. He continued with success with the Blue Hens, starting for three years and earning numerous awards including All-American honors and Second-Team All-CAA from 2017-2018. DeLuca passion for the game reached a new level in recent weeks as the goalie was drafted eighth overall in the 2020 PLL Draft by the Waterdogs. Matt’s brother, Frankie, spoke about the moment he was drafted.
“The day Matt got drafted was an incredibly special day for our entire family”, he said. “Lacrosse has been a massive part of our lives since day one, so to see all of his hard work come together was a great moment for all of us.” Frankie also shared memories of his brother’s work ethic over the years. “I knew very early on that Matt had a special talent”, he explained. “He just had that natural ability to stop the ball and worked incredibly hard as a kid because he wanted to be the best.”
The PLL, only in its second season, is now seeing a renaissance in receiving Division One Talent. DeLuca will surely add the list and plans to make a statement in his rookie year. Following draft day, the LILJ talked to DeLuca about his playing journey and what it means to be a Waterdog. Click below to read the full article!
Q: How did you get started playing lacrosse?
A: I started playing lacrosse because of my older brother. He brought the sport to my parents first and then from there I always loved playing it. It was huge on Long Island almost all kids were playing.
Q: What advice do you have to the players who want to make it as far as you have in the sport?
A: Advice I would give to someone who makes to make it as far as I have made it would be to stay humble and stay hungry. It’s super important then you always keep working hard and never feel like “you’ve made it” there’s always a part of your game you can be working on to improve.
Q: How has your time as a Blue Hen prepared you for this next step in your career?
A: My time as a blue hen playing under Coach DeLuca has prepared me immensely for the next level. Although I still have a lot to learn the hard work ethic coach DeLuca demanded out of all of us was something special.
Q: Who do you credit most for helping you most in your lacrosse journey?
A: I really can’t credit one person there’s been so many people that have helped me get to where I’m at today family, friends, Coach’s there really are too many people that have helped me get to where I am at and to that I truly thank them all!
Q: Take us through the moment when you were drafted 8th overall in the PLL draft.
A: The moment was surreal I had close family and friends with me and when I heard my name get called on the tv and my picture show up it was chills in my whole body. Truly an unreal moment I will never forget.
Q: What are you most excited for in your first year with the Waterdogs?
A: I’m most excited to meet the guys and get to know some amazing lacrosse players as well as being the new team in the PLL I think it’ll be awesome to play with the Waterdogs in the opening season!