By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Billy Bitter, a Charlotte Hounds Attacker, recently took time to do an interview with The Capital Sports Report. His interview is about his lacrosse career.
TCSR: Could you talk about coming from a lacrosse family? His father, Ward Bitter, was an All-American lacrosse player at Boston College and was inducted into the Boston College Hall of Fame. His brother, Ward, had to give up lacrosse after a blood condition, while Matt, another brother, played lacrosse for the Navy Midshipmen. His younger brother, Jimmy, is currently playing lacrosse at North Carolina.
BB: “It is fun coming from a big family. There was already somebody around the house to hang out with and to play lacrosse with.”
TCSR: Instead of going straight to college, you decided to go to a post-graduate school at Deerfield Academy. Why did you do that?
BB: “I fractured my hip, so I missed the whole year my senior year. I was getting looked at by schools my sophomore, junior, and senior years, so I didn’t know where to go leading into my senior year when the injury happened. I really didn’t have many options, so that’s when I decided to go there.”
TCSR: Why did you decide to choose North Carolina?
BB: “Well, as I mentioned, I wasn’t really recruited out of high school. They were like the only school that offered me a full scholarship after playing at Deerfield Academy, so I took it. With the name like that (North Carolina), the history of their sports teams, how could I pass it up? I wanted to take their lacrosse program to new heights.”
TCSR: In your first year, you received the Jack Gallagher Award, could you talk about winning it?
BB: “It meant a lot. I didn’t expect to win it, so I was surprised when they selected me. I couldn’t believe it actually.”
TCSR: You were named a first-team All-American sophomore and junior years. Could you talk about that honor?
BB: “That’s also another honor that I didn’t expect. I don’t know how that happened, because I was out there having fun. That’s what it’s all about, and when you’re out there, some times awards come when you are successful.”
TCSR: During your senior year, the defense started to focus on you. How did you deal with that?
BB: “I had a target on my back going into my senior year. It was definitely tougher for me to score late into my junior year and my entire senior year, but my coaching staff didn’t want that to bring me down. They wanted me to believe in my teammates and have them take the burden off of my shoulders.”
TCSR: What did it mean to you to be a third round selection by the Denver Outlaws in the 2011 MLL draft?
BB: “It was an honor. I’ve been to Denver a few times, and it’s an incredible city.. I had a great summer there, but I had to move on. I still keep in touch with those guys to this day.”
TCSR: Besides being selected in the third round of the 2011 MLL draft by the Outlaws, you were also selected in the 4th round of the NLL draft by the Buffalo Bandits. In addition, you were taken in the 6th round of the North American Lacrosse League by the Jacksonville Bullies. There was a report after those drafts that said you were not sure what league you wanted to play in. Why was that?
BB: “See, I started work in January at Maverick Lacrosse, where I have an endorsement deal, and I’m in the office from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. My boss sat me down and told me it would be best if I chose just one of the leagues that I want drafted into and stay with that league. I chose Major League Lacrosse, because in the summer, I could be in the office a little less and focus more on playing lacrosse. It fit the best with my work schedule.”
TCSR: You were traded from the Denver Outlaws to the Charlotte Hounds prior to the beginning of the season. What did you think of the trade?
BB: “Once I heard the news that I was going to be traded from Denver to Charlotte, I was a little bit down about leaving the team in Denver, but at the same time, I was excited to go back to North Carolina, where I’ve had great success. I have grew to love North Carolina, and I have friends that live right there in Charlotte that I went to college with. It is also a lot closer to home, and a lot easier to make a trip from New York to North Carolina than it is to go from New York to Denver.”