PSS Summer '12

The X Factor

Bobby Dattilo


Hometown: Derry, New Hampshire

Major: Biology

Beyond HWS: Dattilo was drafted by the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. He also plans to apply to graduate school for physical therapy.

  • Member of the Hobart lacrosse team
  • Hobart Heritage Scholar

The voice over on the NCAA commercial says, “There are 380,000 student- athletes and most of us will go pro in something other than sports.”

Bobby Dattilo ’12 had that in mind when he arrived on campus four years ago. His plan was to pursue a career in physical therapy. To that end, Dattilo was a Hobart Heritage Scholar and Dean’s List student on his way to earning a bachelor’s degree in biology.

“During my four years at Hobart College, I was exposed to some of the most knowledgeable professors that I could have hoped for, and through their teachings I truly believe that I am now sufficiently prepared to take on whatever is thrown my way,” Dattilo says.

In his free time, Dattilo played for the Hobart lacrosse team. Actually, that’s an understatement akin to saying Mozart wrote music.

If Dattilo isn’t the best faceoff specialist in the history of Statesmen lacrosse, he’s certainly a central figure in the debate. The three-time recipient of the Crook Family Award as team MVP won 590-of-978 career faceoffs (.603) and scooped up 284 ground balls. No Hobart player has ever won or taken more faceoffs and no one since Hall of Famer Bobby Wynne ’94 graduated has grabbed as many ground balls.

After setting the Hobart Division I season records for faceoffs won (192) and faceoff percentage (.649) as a junior, Dattilo earned a spot on the 2012 Tewaaraton Watch List and was nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

Despite battling injuries to both shoulders during his senior year, Dattilo still produced numbers (162-of-250, .648, 93 GBs) on par with his junior campaign. He led the ECAC and ranked second in the nation in both faceoff percentage and ground balls per game.

A two-time All-ECAC selection, Dattilo is one of only three Statesmen to complete the USILA “hat trick,” earning USILA All-America, USILA Scholar All- America, and USILA North-South All-Star status as a senior. He joined Tom Pena ’94 and Eric Stein ’89.

“I’ve learned as much on the field as I did in the classroom,” Dattilo says. “My experience with Hobart lacrosse taught me invaluable life lessons that shaped me into the person I am today, and for that I am forever grateful.”

As for that physical therapy career, that will have to wait a while.

Dattilo is the exception to the NCAA tagline. He was drafted by the Rochester Ratters of Major League Lacrosse and will make his professional debut this summer, joining former Statesmen Jeff Colburn ’09 and Mike Lazore ’10. Additionally, Jacques Monte ’90 and Bill Warder ’96 are assistant coaches for the Rattlers.


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