Commitment Q&A: Colgate's Michael Lata
by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer
6-foot-2 power forward Michael Lata ('95 birth year) committed to Colgate earlier this week. The Phillips Andover product, by way of Toronto, caught up with CHN to talk about his commitment, his style and why NCAA hockey was the right fit for him.
CHN: Why Colgate? What separated them from the rest of the schools you were looking at during the recruiting process?
Lata: "I chose Colgate, as in my opinion, it gives me a fantastic opportunity to succeed both on and off the ice. Athletically, the coaching staff there was very straight up with me when I was talking to them, and I feel as if I have the opportunity to make a difference on the ice right when I arrive on campus. Also, I am looking forward to the new rink which they are building.
Academically, Colgate is a great school, and I am really excited to be able to continue studying in a liberal arts environment with small class sizes. Everyone I've spoken to has had great things to say about Colgate, and I loved it from the minute I stepped on campus this summer."
CHN: What were some of the other schools you talked to or had visited?
Lata: "I took visits to Holy Cross and Cornell, and talked to Brown."
CHN: What has playing at Phillips been like? It's obviously a great school with a storied program.
Lata: "Playing at Phillips has been all that I could have ever asked for. Coach Boylan is a fantastic coach, and I have never played with a better group of guys than the teammates I've had in my time here."
CHN: What style do you like? How would you describe your play?
Lata: "I like to try to be as well rounded of a player as I can be. That being said, I see my style right now as a power forward. I see the ice very well and can finish, but I take a ton of pride in winning as many battles as I can."
CHN: Growing up near Toronto, did you always know you wanted to go the NCAA route? What made you decide during your development that the NCAA route is what you preferred?
Lata: "The NCAA has been the route I have wanted to take ever since I was young. My parents always emphasized to me how important an education was, and to be able to go to a school like Colgate, and play hockey there, is a dream come true."