After the 2013 MLL Supplemental Draft, the Machine added 12 talented players to its already bolstered roster, including University of Massachusetts alum and defender Diogo Godoi (pronounced JOE-go guh-DOY) , the Machine’s third draft pick and 19th overall.
Godoi enters into his third season in MLL after previous playing for the Rochester Rattlers.
Godoi began his lacrosse tenure at Concord High School in New Hampshire where he was selected as an All-American in 2004 and was a part of back-to-back New Hampshire Championships (2003-04). Godoi joined the University of Massachusetts Minutemen in 2006 and began an impressive college career as a linebacker defender.
While at UMass, Godoi was a candidate for the 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy during his redshirt senior year. He also won other honors and awards such as USILA Third-Team All-American in 2010, USILA Honorable Mention All-American in 2009 and North-South All Star in 2010. Godoi started in all 14 games his senior year and was second on his team, third in the CAA and 20th in the NCAA for groundballs (24) and caused turnovers (22).
After college, Godoi went on to play with the Rattlers and collected 23 groundballs in 13 games and is now looking to make a name for himself with the Ohio Machine fans.
1. What made you choose lacrosse over all the other sports out there?
I was introduced to it by a friend and stuck to it and it doesn’t overlap my hunting season.
2. When you were little, did you expect to play at the MLL level?
I didn’t start playing until high school and playing in the MLL was only a dream back then.
3. What is some advice you would give to those youth players hoping to make it to MLL status one day?
To never give up and let your actions speak for themselves.
4. Who has been your favorite person to work with up to this point in your lacrosse career?
My close friend and high school teammate from home Andy B., he unfortunately was hurt in an accident weeks after graduation and wasn’t able to continue playing lacrosse. It motivated me tremendously and he’s still one of my biggest fans.
5. Who is your lacrosse role model?
I have many, all of which have one thing in common, they play the game with love and intensity.
6. What is one thing that you try to improve on with your playing style?
I try to improve on pushing transition.
7. What are you looking forward to the most in the 2013 season?
Playing, I love to play lacrosse and to be at this level is a treat.
8. How do you usually spend your offseason?
When not working to pay the bills, I enjoy hunting and fishing as much as possible.
9. Do you have any game day superstitions?
I don’t have game day superstitions. I’m normally quite in the locker room and try to focus on the task at hand.
10. What is your typical pregame meal?
Varies but always a large portion – Gotta fuel up for the game!
11. How do you prepare for an upcoming match?
I prepare mostly by studying my opponents, watching film and reviewing notes.
12. How do you categorize a season as successful?
Leaving it all on the field – regardless of the wins or losses.
13. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The 7 P’s
Additional Random Facts:
Favorite sport outside of lacrosse: Football
Favorite part about lacrosse: Hitting people
Favorite type of food: Moms cooking
Favorite restaurant: The Red Blazer
Favorite place in the world you’ve been to: Brazil
Favorite place you would like to visit but haven’t: Jamaica
Favorite lacrosse moment/experience: NCAA championship as a freshman
Most influential person in your life: My brother Pedro
Top 3 favorite movies: Forest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Unforgiven
Top 3 favorite bands/artists: Rage Against the Machine, Wu-tang, Pearl Jam
One thing you want to do but never done before: Catch a blue fin tuna
Additional Get to Know the Machine: 2013 Supplemental Draft Picks