In an interview with the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Matt Vinc, 5 time NLL "Goal Tender of the Year", shares some experiences and people that helped him get to where he is now. Matt shares that watching and learning from some of the best goalies like Anthony Cosmo and Brandon Miller (San Jose) really moved him along and both goalies were a settling influence on him.
Matt also attributes growth to his time with the New York Titans. From just 14 minutes in net for his rookie season, he was thrust into the starting goalie role. “Going into a situation as I did in New York, I faced a lot of shots,” Vinc stated. “We were a young team that was trying to find an identity. That ultimately helped me adjust to the different styles of play in the NLL.”
Matt upholds that his coaches, as well as, other goalies and team members helped him build his successful goal tending career. “I’ve had great coaches throughout my career,” Vinc said. “Just looking at a few of them, Ed Comeau is one of the guys that helped me through my career, and now Mike Hasen. These guys showed me the importance of video and prep. You can only do so much on the floor. It’s all about the mental preparation, studying the game and all the different aspects that go into knowing the position. That has been the biggest help over my career. It’s all the things off the turf that have helped me to do everything that I have achieved.”
This is what team member. Knighthawks Defender Scott Campbell has to share, “All the accolades that he’s earned comes from all the work he puts in on and off the turf. He makes it look easy out there, but, he’s in the gym every single day, watching film, taking shots at practice. Whatever it is, he’s doing it better and spending more time at it then anyone else has in the past.” Matt currently plays for the Rochester Knighthawks.
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