Joseph DiLaura graduated from Corning East in 1986 and graduated from Cortland State University in 1990. He earned three varsity letters for the Corning Est lacrosse team and was named All-STC First Team midfielder as senior. He became one of a handful of players to start every game of his collegiate career at Cortland State and led the Red Dragons as a senior with 27 goals. Joseph was named team MVP Award as a senior when he was selected to receive the prestigious ‘Red Letter’ award for most outstanding lacrosse player. After graduating from Cortland State he played for the Maryland Lacrosse Club and was a member of the United States Club Lacrosse Association team that won the Brogdon Cup as best team in North America.