St. John Paul II senior Colin Hatton, a Bourne native, likes to keep things loose while competing in athletics. But just because he likes to enjoy himself and holds a light-hearted approach between the lines, doesn’t mean Hatton doesn’t work hard.
The senior didn’t pick up a lacrosse stick until his freshman year at the Hyannis parochial school and will leave as a senior captain for the Lions’ lacrosse team
“Up until then I had played baseball, ever since I could swing a bat. I figured lacrosse included the physicality of hockey, and the speed and sense of the field from soccer, which I played until my sophomore year; so it was a perfect time to pick it up as a change from baseball,” Hatton said.
Having played a sport for every season as a kid, Hatton could be seen as a jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none. That changed when he took up lacrosse. He worked on his skills on and off the field, constantly playing catch with a wall and devoting his summers to getting back in the Cape Cod Lacrosse summer league.
“When I reached this level of athletics, I faced adversity the hard way and learned how to grind for my spot on the field and off the bench. I learned many valuable lessons along the way—most importantly to have fun and enjoy my time,” Hatton said.
He’s also played hockey all four years, serving as a right winger for the Lions boys’ hockey team and grew up playing the sport at Gallo Ice Arena for the Cape Cod Canal Youth Sharks program and various travel teams. He played a key role in helping the Lions get their first-ever Division 3 South Sectional win in the preliminary round against Diman Voc-Tech.
In the classroom, Hatton has been a regular on SJPII’s Honor Roll and has received the perfect attendance award twice over. He has donated his time as a school outreach leader for two years, aiding the school in events and programs with new, incoming students.
What do you love about lacrosse? What drew you to the sport, and what made you stick with it?
I love the pace of play in lacrosse and how you can control the speed. What drew me in was how it was physical like hockey but also very strategic and positional like soccer. I have formed a great bond with my teammates from freshman year until now.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
My favorite pregame music usually includes Kanye West, The Beatles, and Nirvana.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
I would have to choose to be James Bond. He’s classy, suave and always drives nice cars.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
My biggest role models include Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, my mother and my father. All of these people teach me how to bring joy to every situation, and embrace all experiences and people.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
I will be attending Loyola University-Maryland this fall.
What is your favorite school subject?
I really enjoy English because I like writing about things I like, and making people laugh is one of my favorite things to do.
What is your greatest high school moment, either athletically or academically?
My greatest high school moment came during the hockey season this year. We beat Diman Voc-Tech for our first playoff hockey win in school history to advance to the next round of the Division 3 South Sectional tournament.
Which three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I would invite Steve Jobs, Frank Ocean and Gordon Ramsey to a dinner party and have Gordon cook us a roast chicken.
Which professional athlete do you most relate to?
I look up to Jamaican Olympic champion Usain Bolt because he literally, and figuratively, puts his head down and works as hard as he can when he needs to. He does this all while having a good time.
You’re stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
To pass the time I would bring a golf club and some balls to maybe become good at golf, a radio for my favorite tunes and for essentials I would bring Clif Bars and a Swiss Army knife.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents, my older brother Aidan and my younger sister Erin, and my grandmother and grandfather for always being supportive.