March 27, 2017 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Atlanta Blaze
KENNESAW - Matt Hossack, younger brother of returning Blaze defender Graeme Hossack, joins Atlanta after a highly successful collegiate career and rookie season in MLL.
Hossack, a native of Port Perry, Ontario, began playing lacrosse when he was just three years old, in large part due to the influence of his older brother who was already involved in the sport. However lacrosse suited the younger Hossack, who excelled throughout high school and was offered a spot at the Rochester Institute of Technology - a DIII powerhouse - as a long-stick midfielder.
Hossack graduated from RIT as one of the best players in the program's history. Under coach Jake Coon, Hossack and the Tigers won 78 games and competed at the Division III National Championships in 2013. Upon the conclusion of his four-year career, Hossack was ranked fifth in career groundballs at 369 and second in caused turnovers totaling 139. In addition, Hossack was named a first-team USILA All-American and the Long-Stick Midfielder of the year in both 2015 and 2016. Matt, who was named as the RIT's Male Athlete of 2016, currently serves as a Volunteer Assistant for the Tigers as he finishes his degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Professionally, Hossack began his career in 2016 with the Denver Outlaws after they drafted him 23rd overall in the 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft. Hossack, who was traded to the Blaze after the 2016 season, was also selected 14th overall by NLL's Saskatchewan Rush in their 2016 Collegiate Draft. Hossack was named Cascade Rookie of the Week during the 2016 season and is expected to complement Blaze captain and MLL veteran Scott Ratliff at the LSM position in 2017.
Name: Matt Hossack
Team: Atlanta Blaze
College: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
High School: Port Perry High School
Why did you start playing lacrosse?
A: My parents needed to put me in a sport because I was a very active kid and if Graeme was doing it, I had to do it too. We both started at the same time on the same team because lacrosse was the only sport that would take a 3-year-old.
What advice would you give to a young player who wants to make it to the professional level?
A: Be a student of the game. You can always improve and it is important to invest in yourself. Put the work in and you will see the results.
What was the hardest part of transitioning from RIT to the MLL?
A: From D3 to the MLL, the hardest thing adjusting to is just the speed of the game and getting used to the fact that everyone is bigger, faster and stronger than the competition you have faced in college.
When was the last time you played with your brother and are you excited do it again this year?
A: The last time I played with my brother was with the Oshawa Blue Knights U19 team when I was 16. I am very excited to play with him again. He's definitely a guy you want on your team.
Because being an MLL player is generally not a full-time job, what's your life like outside of lacrosse?
A: Currently I am finishing up my Engineering degree at RIT and volunteering time as a coach at RIT as well.
Do you have any quirky habits you do before a game?
A: I do not know how weird this one is but I always run down around the cone in the corner after the anthem and lineups.
What is the best part about being a professional lacrosse player?
A: It sounds cliché but getting paid to play the game I love. The fans and the people around lacrosse just sweeten the pot for me.