The Ohio Machine recently expanded its roster for training camp to include new midfielder Julian Watts, who previously played for the New York Lizards, to the team.
Watts attended St. Anthony’s High School is South Huntington, N.Y. where he played and lettered in lacrosse, football and basketball. His senior year, he collected 42 groundballs and was also named an All-Conference Selection in lacrosse and an All-League selection in football. Watts chose to play lacrosse at the collegiate level after Hofstra University added him to their team in 2004.
While at Hofstra, Watts played in 60 games as a defender from 2004-2007, was named team captain his senior year, as well as to the CAA All-Tournament Team. In addition to switching between defense and midfield, Watts has the ability to play long-stick midfielder, which can add more versatility to the Machine roster during 2013 training camp. With these skills, he collected 70 groundballs during his collegiate career.
Watts also brings an MLL veteran presence to the Machine after playing in MLL from 2007-2012. He was acquired by New York in 2007 and played in 20 games for them for five seasons. He scored three goals and collected 20 groundballs by the end of his career with the Lizards. Watts entered the 2012 MLL Supplemental Draft and was drafted to Hamilton as the 13th round pick and 103rd Overall pick. He played in two games with the Nationals.
After being acquired from the player pool earlier this February, Watts is ready to show his MLL experiences and talent at the Machine’s training camp in April.
1. What made you choose lacrosse over all the other sports out there?
Athletically, I always excelled at lacrosse and that allowed me to get more recognition recruiting wise so I stuck with it.
2. When you were little, did you expect to play at the MLL level?
I always wanted to be a professional athlete since 5th grade, but I never thought lacrosse.
3. What is some advice you would give to those youth players hoping to make it to MLL status one day?
Keep the stick in your hand all year round. Train hard; earn your spot in the offseason.
4. Who has been your favorite person to work with up to this point in your lacrosse career?
Coach John Danowski. Not only is he a great coach, he’s also a great mentor to young athletes.
5. Who is your lacrosse role model?
Casey Powell. I’ve had the chance to play with him a couple times, he’s a stud and ageless.
6. What is one thing that you try to improve on with your playing style?
Always try to improve my stick skills to become a more complete player.
7. What are you looking forward to the most in the 2013 season?
Running up and down with a solid group of guys, building chemistry and winning a championship.
8. How do you usually spend your offseason?
Teaching and coaching lacrosse at Huntington H.S on the Island.
9. Do you have any game day superstitions?
I must have a pre-game mix on the iPod. I also re-tape my stick the night before a game.
10. What is your typical pregame meal?
I usually eat a sandwich and salad. A lot of water, bananas and a power bar right before.
11. How do you prepare for an upcoming game?
I try to get off my feet and rest. Make sure I know the other team’s tendencies and go over the match ups.
12. How do you categorize a season as successful?
Definitely advancing to the playoffs and hopefully making a run for the championship.
13. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t cut corners and always pay attention to detail.
14. What are three words that would describe who you are?
Loyal, Passionate, Gifted
Additional Random Facts:
Favorite sport outside of lacrosse: Football
Favorite part about lacrosse: Cross checking
Favorite type of food: Italian
Favorite restaurant: Rothmans Steak House
Favorite place in the world you’ve been to: Puerto Rico
Favorite place you would like to visit but haven’t: Turks & Caicos
Favorite lacrosse moment/experience: 2006 Hofstra Men’s Lacrosse Season 17-2, CAA Champs, NCAA Quarterfinals
Most influential person in your life: My Mother
Top 3 favorite movies: Man of Fire, Goodfellas, and Shawshank Redemption
Top 3 favorite bands/artists: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
One thing you want to do but never done before: Drive a Maserati