Joe Nardella - Athlete - STX Men's Lacrosse

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Joe Nardella

#91 Atlanta Blaze Faceoff
Hometown: Cazenovia, NY
Alma Mater: Rutgers University

Accolades

  • Founder of Faceoff Factory
  • Selected 36th Overall by MLL’s Boston Cannons
  • 2X MLL All-Star
  • Academic All-American
  • Third Team All-American
  • First Team All-B1G
  • B1G Specialist of the year
  • Two-Time All-Big East Selection
  • Tewaaraton Watch List Nominee
  • Rutgers Male Athlete of the Year
Why I Use STX

The tradition of the brand and the performance of their product represents the excellence which directly aligns with my goal of being the best I possibly can.

Q&A

Q.  How old were you when you started playing?

A.  I was eight years old and in third grade.

Q.  Who was your favorite athlete (any sport) growing up?

A.  I loved Mike Powell and Donovan McNabb.

Q.  What was your Play Huge moment in your career?

A.  Coming back from an ACL injury in 2017, being traded in 2018, and still leading the league in GBs, and finishing right at the top in FO win percentage.

Q.  What song is always on your pregame playlist?

A.  I Won't Let You Walk Away - Mako - Lost Kings Remix

Q.  What’s your favorite movie?

A.  Happy Gilmore

Q.  What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

A.  Learn from the past, Live in the present, and plan for the future

Q.  Who is one person you (past or present) with whom you’d like to have dinner?

A.  John Wooden

Q.  What’s the one thing you’d like to see changed in your sport?

A.  I would like our sport to be broadcast to a wider audience so we can begin to get the recognition this great game deserves.

Q.  Who’s your favorite teammate you’ve ever played with?

A.  Scott Ratliff

Q.  Who is or was the most influential person in helping you on your way to becoming a professional athlete?

A.  My dad and youth hockey coaches.

Q.  Describe your playing style in three words.

A.  Unselfish, gritty, complete.

Q.  What’s your favorite exercise or drill to do while you’re training and why?

A.  Eyes-closed faceoffs with the ball starting up near the top of my stick. It forces you to develop a strong right-hand punch and is a great technique test.

Q.  What’s your favorite pre-game meal?

A.  I keep it pretty simple. I try to get some complex carbs in (brown rice, sweet potatoes, etc), veggies (spinach and broccoli) and light protein (chicken, tuna, or turkey) with some coconut water.

Q.  Tell us your favorite motivational quote.

A.  "The man on top of the mountain didn't just fall there."

Q.  If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A.  Barcelona

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