Born: November 25, 1991
John LoCascio was born November 25, 1991 in Paterson and grew up in Fairfield. He was a baseball player as a boy, but in 5th Grade he switched to lacrosse after a friend suggested he try it. John was a natural. He starred in youth leagues and at West Essex Regional in North Caldwell, where he earned four varsity letters for coach Tim Glenn’s Knights.
John was All-State as a junior in 2009 and an All-American as a senior in 2010. He also lettered in football, basketball and wrestling. John quarterbacked the West Essex football squad and earned third-team All-State honors.
John earned a scholarship to Villanova and made the starting lineup as a long-stick midfielder his freshman year. Over the next three seasons, he distinguished himself as one of the top players at his position in the Big East. He was named to the all-tournament team each season, and was voted team captain as a junior in 2013.
John worked his way into the Wildcats record book and helped Villanova reach the Big East final in 2013 and 2014. The Wildcats were a Top 20 national team in 2011 and 2012. As a senior in 2014, John tallied 5 goals and 13 assists in 16 games. John was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014. He was a third-team All-American his junior year and first-team as a senior. He was just the second Wildcat to earn this honor, after Brian Karalunas in 2011.
The Rochester Rattlers selected John with the 26th overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse draft. He had 3 points in 11 games as a rookie in 2014 and 6 in 15 games in 2015. The Rattlers reached the championship game in 2014 and 2015, but lost the Steinfeld Cup final both times. In 2016, the Rattlers boasted the best defense in the league, but just missed the playoffs.