Aquinas grad Donny Moss is back in pro lacrosse after a year away.
After playing both football and lacrosse at Aquinas, Moss went to Herkimer Community College for football and then Adelphi for lacrosse. He played for the Long Island Lizards of the MLL before joining the Rochester Rattlers.
After the 2017 season, the Rattlers left Rochester for Dallas and Moss, a teacher in the Rochester City School District, decided not to go with them. That team has morphed into the Chrome of the Premier Lacrosse League and this off-season, Fairport's Tim Soudan took over as head coach. One of his first moves was to pick up Moss in the entry draft. Last season, the team struggled on defense and Soudan and his staff picked up several defensive players to put in front of former Syracuse and Rattlers goalie John Galloway.
"I really miss those guys, so it's nice to get back," said Moss who is also an assistant coach for RIT's men's team. "We've been together a long time, this group and it's Upstate tough, it starts with that Upstate toughness and then you sprinkle in a couple of guys from Long Island, a couple of guys from downstate New York and you've got yourself a pretty nice team."
The Chrome finished the four-game regular season portion of the PLL Championship series with a 3-1 record, which will have them seeded second going into the elimination round starting on Tuesday. Leading scorer Jordan Wolf started his pro career with the Rattlers. The Chrome also features former Rattlers John Ranagan and Ned Crotty as well as former RIT players Jordan MacIntosh and Eli Salama. Moss and Penn Yan's Mike Manley have both play on the defensive end with Brett Queener serving as a backup to Galloway in net and Irondequoit's Greg Coholan among the reserve players available to Soudan and his longtime assistant, Jacques Monte.
"It's Upstate tough, it starts with that Upstate toughness and then you sprinkle in a couple of guys from Long Island, a couple of guys from downstate New York and you've got yourself a pretty nice team," said Moss before the team left for Utah.