Inside Lacrosse Shooting From The Hip: Diogo Godoi
Sept. 16, 2009
It's hard to find a story more interesting than Diogo Godoi's anywhere in lacrosse -- Brazilian-born, New Hampshire-raised and "the best athlete I've ever played with" according to a handful of his teammates. With the Minutemen poised for their first season in CAA play, Godoi gave Inside Lacrosse a glimpse from inside his helmet.
How'd you get into lacrosse?
I started playing in high school; my best friend grew up playing and suggested I give it a shot.
What's been the highlight of your career?
No doubt playing in the National Championship my freshman year.
The low point?
Breaking my wrist a week before my sophomore season started.
Toughest opposing offensive player you've ever faced?
Kyle Dixon, when I was a freshman playing longpole. He was and still is nasty.
Do you string your own stick?
Nope, mostly Tim Balise but when he's slacking I'll have anyone do it. I'm not too picky with sticks because I go through several of them throughout the season.
Your best characteristic as a teammate?
Off the field I do my best to help my teammates out, anything from rides to moving things.
I play very loose in practice, I joke and kid a lot. Sometimes at the wrong times.
If you could play another position on the field, what would it be?
I'd love to play any offensive position really. I just want the opportunity to score some goals.
What's the atmosphere like at Garber Field?
Playing on Garber is not only a privilege, it's an honor. The fans are right on the edge of the field and they do their best to let the other team know it.
UMass is joining the CAA this season. Are you excited to finally have a conference tourney?
I'm excited not only for a conference tourney but also the opportunity to play some new teams.
You're Brazilian -- do you think lacrosse could ever be popular there or anywhere in South America?
I feel that lacrosse could be popular anywhere in the world as long as it's introduced properly.
What's on your iPod right now?
Lots of metal and old-school rap.
If you could play another pro sport, what would it be?
Being Brazilian, I'd have to say soccer.
What's on your walls at your house?
At home in New Hampshire, my walls are covered with family pictures.
Favorite city to visit?
What do you drive?
At home when the weather is good I have an '84 Jeep Wrangler I love, but at school I have a black Cavalier. It's good on the gas.
Go-to meal?Grilled ribeye with a loaded baked potato
On the Water. It's a New England fishing magazine I'm addicted to.
What's the last book you read?
If you could switch places with anyone for a day, who would it be?
I'd switch with Tom Brady. He's got it made.
What are you scared of?
I spend lots of time in the woods, getting seriously lost is something I want nothing to do with.
What's on your "bucket list?"
I'd like to travel to Africa and go on safari.
Who's the one athlete you drop everything to watch?
He's retired now, but Jerry Rice.
Favorite pro sports team?
Growing up in New England, I'm loyal to the Pats, C's, B's and the Red Sox.
Saving Private Ryan and Forrest Gump. I'm a big fan of Tom Hanks.
Favorite TV show?
I'm addicted to hunting and fishing and I watch countless shows on the outdoor channel. My roommates hate it.
What's your worst habit?
I bite my fingernails.
Family restaurant, had no choice.
Not to be corny but my older brother Pedro, he's been there for me since day one.
Just like my home state, "live free or die."
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