Whether it’s his choice of pregame warmup music in the locker room or putting his never-say-die attitude on display on the lacrosse field, Bourne senior Joe DiMonda knows how to set the tone for his team on and off the field.
DiMonda has been a steady defenseman for both the Canalmen hockey and lacrosse teams, serving as a two-year captain on the lacrosse team, while simultaneously handling both team’s pre- and postgame music duties in the locker room—a lofty duty for any athlete.
And he’s succeeded at both. The senior long-stick defender recently caught the attention of Sandwich head lacrosse coach Mike McNeill following an otherwise forgettable 16-4 loss to the Blue Knights earlier in May.
“Their number 19 [DiMonda’s jersey number] is a heck of a player,” McNeill said after the game. “He’s a good, strong player for them.”
DiMonda has also drawn the praise for his teammates, many of whom credited him for his above-average music selection.
“Whatever DiMonda plays on speakers is my favorite pregame warmup music,” is the abridged version most of his teammates have filled to the second question in Outside The Lines.
Holding two coveted positions on the team is doubly meaningful considering how hard he’s worked just to be part of the lacrosse. DiMonda learned at a young age that roster spots are earned, not given. As a youth, the senior watched as his three best friends made the South Coast Buzzards while DiMonda was cut from the team.
“I was really upset with myself but that’s the moment when I really grew a love for the game and trained my hardest to get better,” he said.
He took the practice field in his spare time and attended the Cardigan Mountain Lacrosse Camp for two weeks—an overnight camp he’s gone to for the last five years—to fine-tune his game. A year later when it came time for Buzzards tryouts again, DiMonda showed off his newly-acquired skill and development to make the team.
“Being cut from teams has been something I’ve dealt with a few times over my lacrosse career and I think that’s what makes me the type of determined player and person I am today,” he said.
Aside from being a two-year captain of the lacrosse team, DiMonda was named an honorable mention to the All-South Coast Conference team as a sophomore and making the first-team All-SCC as a junior.
In addition to the Buzzards, DiMonda has played for the Falmouth travel team, Cape Cod Lacrosse and Bourne Youth Lacrosse. The senior is also a defenseman on the Canalmen varsity hockey team, where he’s been part of the last two Canal Cup champions. He’s a self-taught skater who began playing at the age of 10 to spend more time with his friends, who also played. And when asked, he’s even been the Canalmen’s emergency back-up goalkeeper—speaking to his team-first mentality.
Outside of school, DiMonda can usually be spotted with his guitar in tow. An avid guitar player, the senior had his love for music taken to a new level by partaking in the school’s piano and guitar classes. He said he additionally enjoys hanging out with his friends, going to the gym and taking in the scenery at the cliffs.
What do you love about lacrosse? What drew you to the sport, and what made you stick with it?
The first time I ever picked up a lacrosse stick was because of my brother. He played youth lacrosse and I would always go to his tournaments and watch him play when I was younger. I only started playing the sport because my best friends were playing it and I just wanted to be around them. My love for the game grew when I was about 12 when I was cut from the Cape Cod lacrosse team and then cut from the South Coast Buzzards, I’ve always been a determined person ready to prove people wrong. I’m drawn to the game of lacrosse because of the physical, competitive nature and the overall speed of the game.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
My favorite pregame music has to be “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins, “Sandstorm” by Darude, and “Wins and Losses” by Meek Mill. I’m always the guy in charge of the music whether it’s in the hockey locker room or the lacrosse locker room; music is what gets my teammates going.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
I would love to be Chewbacca from “Star Wars,” mainly because I can do the Wookiee noise that he makes.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
My Mount Rushmore would be my mom, dad, brother and sister. They have been the most supporting family I could have ever asked for and they always put others before themselves.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
I am currently planning on going to Bridgewater State at the moment but I am waiting to hear back from UMass Amherst to see if I get picked off the waiting list. It has always been a dream of mine to go to UMass and follow in my brother and sister’s footsteps. Regardless of what school I go to, I will be playing lacrosse in college.
What is your favorite school subject?
My favorite school subject is either piano or guitar. I’ve always loved music and taking those two classes my senior year is something I’m really happy about.
What is your greatest high school moment, either athletically or academically?
Throughout all of the exciting high school experiences I’ve had my best memories will always be with the hockey team. Winning the Canal Cup for the first time my junior year was an unbelievable experience and defending the cup our senior year will be something I will never forget. I owe a lot of thanks to all of my teammates from hockey for the memories I’ve made with them.
Which three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I would invite Will Ferrell to make me laugh uncontrollably, Bob Reilly to play guitar for me and Chris Martin from Coldplay to sing for me. I would serve swordfish sandwiches from the Lobster Trap.
Which professional athlete do you most relate to?
I relate my lacrosse playing style after Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks. He is a defenseman but has a very high offensive skill set and I try to replicate that on the lacrosse field.
You’re stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
I would bring my guitar and my phone so I could learn new music, a big suitcase with my friends Scott, Kyle, Erin, Taylor, Alyssa and Kelsie because they always know how to have a good time and make me laugh, and an air mattress to float away on after I’ve had enough of their shenanigans.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank my family for their overwhelming support on and off the field, and I would especially like to thank Max and Joe Hess, Scott Silva, Christian Mulkern and Mike Commesso. The six of us have an inseparable bond and they have been brothers to me for as long as I can remember and I am forever grateful for our friendship.