Features | 1/14/2010 9:24:31 AM | Jackie Lewandowski
For Frank Resetarits, playing with the Buffalo Bandits is a dream come true.
As a native of Hamburg, NY the forward grew to love his hometown team, sharing season tickets with his family. He also developed a passion for the game.
“I could have only dreamed of playing on that field,” Resetarits said. “It’s going to be so cool to play in front of a packed house every night instead of watching from the stands.”
Resetarits’ realized his ambitions on Dec. 2, 2009 when he was traded to Buffalo in the NLL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-2 forward has since been signed to a one-year contract, previously spending two seasons with the Washington Stealth and registering 50 points (24+26) in 21 career games.
His boyhood pals are also getting caught up in the excitement as he embarks on his first season with the squad.
“As soon as the trade happened, my family and friends were so pumped they bought season tickets,” Resetarits said. “My buddies from high school will be starting a section up in the 300 Level, so that will be exciting too.”
Resetarits was a star lacrosse player at Hamburg High School. He continued that status in college at the University at Albany, where his team won the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2007.
Resetarits said that while he cherishes his memories of playing in school, he may have learned the most during his first two years in the NLL
“I think I learned how to be more patient and more even-keeled” Resetarits said. “Coming in to the league, I thought I would score on every shot I took and soon realized how good everyone in the league is, and how it’s an honor just to be here.”
Known for cutting-up the middle and using his size to open-up opportunities for his teammates, Resetarits wishes to continue learning and growing as a player this season.
“I’m going to try to learn how to be more defensive, since we have a ton of guys that can score goals,” Resetarits said. “However, I will bury a shot when I get the chance.”
Now back in his hometown with one game under his belt, Resetarits is taking this experience in. As his work on the turf continues, he looks forward to being back home and preparing for his first game at HSBC Arena.
“When I came back, I just had to eat some wings, get a beef on weck, and an imperial pizza” Resetarits said. “However I enjoy seeing my buddies and my family the most, and have been shoveling my driveway a lot lately.”
The Bandits take on the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday, January 16 to try and even the score in the second half of the home and homes series. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available.