Dan DiPietro, lacrosse transfer, talks

(TALK ABOUT RECRUITING)
When my parents came up here my parents met with the coaches alone. I guess there was some miscommunication. When they went down to Hopkins, they were treated like, you know, they took them out to dinner. And my parents could say, ‘Wow, my kid graduated from Hopkins.' It's pretty well known academically. In the end, my decision was mine. I though, if I had a chance go to Hopkins, why would anyone turn that down? But when I got there it was a different story.

(DO YOU LIKE SYRACUSE?)
I love everything but the weather. I don't like the snow very much. But everything else about it, the school, lacrosse, I love everything else about it.

(DID YOU EXPECT TO START?)
I wasn't expecting it, but I had a pretty good idea about it. Things went pretty well in practice and I got the start. Now it's just keeping the job.

(HOW DID THE DEFENSE PLAY)
Pretty well. There were a few mistakes. That was the first time that me Sol and Donn played together. A few mistakes, but nothing major.

(WHAT'S THE DIFFERENT IN COACHING)
Here you have freedom to play how you want to play as long as it fits into the team concept. If you want to throw a check, you throw a check. You play the way you feel most comfortable playing. There, they tell you how to play and that's the only way you can play. If you don't do it their way, you're out. I tried to do it their way, but it just wasn't a good fit. I couldn't play the way they wanted me to play. That was a big thing. That wasn't the only thing.

(WHY DID YOU LEAVE HOPKINS)
It was a combination of things. It wasn't a good fit. I realized it halfway through my freshman year that I made the wrong choice. In high school it came down to here or Johns Hopkins. I wanted to go here and my parents pushed me towards Johns Hopkins. So I ended up going there and then it just stumbled. It really just came from the coaches. Their attitudes made some of the team go one way and there were other guys like me that couldn't go with them. It was very strict and very demanding. It was seven or eight hour days and with school there, it was just too much. It was just a combination of things.

(WAS ACADMICS A PART OF LEAVING?)
That was another thing too. That's why my parents weren't that upset about me leaving. The only major they had was political science or sociology I didn't want to do either one of those. I wanted to do business. I didn't know what I was going to major in.

(WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SYRACUSE AND BALTIMORE?)
Baltimore is a small city but there's a lot more things for college students to do there. There's three, four colleges within walking distance there and Baltimore, the weather is definitely better. I like Baltimore the city better than Syracuse, but the schools, there's no comparison. I like this school 10 times better than I liked Johns Hopkins.

(WHO DO YOU KNOW BEST ON SYRACUSE?)
I knew a bunch of guys before I came. I grew up with Sean Lindsay and I met a bunch of the guys last year. I knew Sean since sixth grade. They were the ones talking me into transferring here. I had decided at the beginning of last spring that I was transferring.

(WHO IS THE BEST ATTACKMAN ON SYRACUSE)
Had to be Mike Powell. He's the hardest kid to cover I'd ever seen. By far the quickest kid I've played again. I don't know how anyone can cover him.

(DID YOU CONSIDER JUST DROPPING LAX?)
For some of the other guys down there, it wasn't fun. I was considering not playing lacrosse and just going to school. As it turns out, things were kinda tight moneywise.

(WHAT'S YOUR REP ON THIS TEAM)
A lot of guys think I'm one of the bigger hacks on the team. When I go out, I'm trying to check anything I can get. I like to go after guys but I know my limits. I'm not going to go out and try to run over Mike Powell. It all depends on who I'm covering.

(WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH YOUR KNEE)
It was my left knee. The fibula kept swelling up and kept pressing on the tendon. I played with it all last spring and they kept telling me it was fine. When I went home to see my own doctor, he said I needed surgery. They shaved down the bone and then they cleared off the tendon and cleaned it up. It took about a month. It doesn't bother me now. I can move a lot easier.

(WHAT DID YOU LIKE MORE IN HIGH SCHOOL)
Football season – football. Lacrosse season – lacrosse. When it comes down to it, lacrosse. I'm just not big enough to play football. I played tailback.

(WHAT DO YOU GET CALLED AROUND HERE)
A lot of the guys up here call me "Debitro." Because my last name, Sean one day called me Debitro. It really doesn't matter to me.

(DO YOU HAVE ANY STRANGE TRADITIONS?)
I have this one shirt I wore everyday in practice. It's just a plain grey shirt, but I wear it everyday. It's kinda a good luck thing.

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