Daily Archives: August 20, 2010

Southern California High School Girls Lacrosse Recruiting Profile: Poway Girls Lacrosse Goalie Kellie Roddy Competed On West Coast Starz Team And Has Committed To Play At Cal Berkeley



After winning two straight Elite Titles as a goalie for the SD Sharkz, Kellie Roddy recently committed to play lacrosse at Cal Berkley and is our August Player Spotlight

How long have you be playing lacrosse, and who first got you into it?

I’ve been playing lacrosse for 6 years.  I first started playing because our middle school lacrosse team needed a goalie and they asked me to try it since I played soccer goalie.

What Starz teams do you currently play on?

I play on SD Sharkz and the West Coast Starz team.

You recently had a chance to go back east with the Girls West Coast Starz team. What was that whole experience like, and what was your overall impression of playing lacrosse back east?

It was fun!  I liked playing back east.  The play is a little more physical,  but I thought our team played well.

Recently, you’ve committed to Cal Berkley. What other schools did you consider, and what made you choose Cal?

I really love UC Berkeley and just the city of Berkeley.  I think that the school has such a cool history and dynamic.  The chance to play D1 lacrosse at a place like that is a really great opportunity.  I looked at D-I and D-III schools and tried to keep an open mind about all opportunities.

How has Starz Lacrosse helped you develop as a player?

Starz let me practice in the off season without the pressure of the high school season.  Because it was club I got to try stuff out and it really helped me learn how to play outside of the crease, which is so important when you want to become a better goalie.

What’s the best part about playing goalie?

Being able to change the momentum of the game is probably the coolest part.  I love making a big save and having my team feed off that.

What’s the hardest part about playing goalie?

It’s getting pegged in the fingers for sure.  I don’t mind getting hit, but I hate getting thumb jams.  They really hurt.

What coach has influenced you the most during your lacrosse career?

Sarah Spillett.  I always forget that she’s a young coach because Sarah is always so together and on top of things.  You would never guess she just finished her second year of varsity coaching because she’s already such an important figure in the lacrosse community.

What are your current goals for your senior year, and collegiately at Cal?

I want to get good grades, and I want to be the best goalie around.

Off the field Questions

Do you have any idea of what you would like to study at Cal?

Art History.

What is your favorite type of art, and who are your favorite artists?

That’s such a hard question.  I like almost all types of art.   I hate the  Rococo style though.  Anything with that much curlicues has no reason for existence.  I don’t really have a favorite artist just because I find out about so many new artists all the time,  but right now I kind of like the British artist Paul Noble.

What person do you admire and look up to the most?

My sister, she’s super smart, and she’s really good at balancing her time.  She gets good grades at UCLA, works as a life guard and swim instructor, interns at art museums, and still keeps enough time to keep up with her sorority’s social life.  I have no idea how she does it, but I hope I can attempt to be even remotely as responsible as her when I’m in college.

If you could sit down to dinner with three historical figures/celebrities/athletes (alive or dead) who would it be any why?

Jack Johnson the boxer because he is probably one of the most dominant athletes to ever live while also having an extremely forceful and crazy personality,  Eleanor Roosevelt because she’s Eleanor Roosevelt, and Tina Fey because she’s funny.

What are your plans for the rest of summer?

Sleeping, mostly and going to the beach.  I’ll probably make myself run somewhere in there so I won’t get too fat.

For more:  http://www.starzlax.com/

Professional Lacrosse In The West: Denver Outlaws Look To Win First MLL Championship Even As It Is Most Popular Team In The League

More people — by far — watched the Denver Outlaws line up this season than any other team in Major League Lacrosse. In their fifth year in the MLL, the Outlaws are the most-followed team in the league.

They’re also one of the most successful teams, qualifying for the playoffs in each of their five seasons. But if an unnerving trend continues, Outlaws faithful will soon be tagged by the very Cubs-like descriptor “long-suffering.”

"Brendan showed why he is one of the most dangerous players in the league. He scored in a variety of ways, off ball and dodging," Denver general manager and head coach Brian Reese said. "We played very well offensively and Brendan was a big part of that."

Denver has yet to win the MLL championship, coming oh-so near but not quite in three title games, including a cruelly close 10-9 loss to Toronto in the last season’s final.

The Outlaws head back to the MLL tournament with another chance at the Steinfeld Cup this weekend, starting with a semifinal matchup against the Long Island Lizards on Saturday at 1 p.m. The MLL’s final four plays out in Annapolis, Md.

“Every year has been a learning experience,” Outlaws coach and general manager Brian Reese told MLL.com this week. “A lot has to happen to win a championship, and we’ve been pretty close. We just have to focus on making one play at a time.”

For more:   http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_15834670

High School Boys Lacrosse: Inside Lacrosse Ranks “Top 50 Young Gun Rising Seniors” Which Includes No Players West Of Ohio

Top 50 Young Gun Rising Seniors

1. Lyle Thompson, M, LaFayette (N.Y.)
Commitment: Albany

2. Jimmy Bitter, A, Deerfield Academy (Mass.)
Commitment: North Carolina

3. Wells Stanwick, A, Boys’ Latin (Md.)
Commitment: Johns Hopkins

4. David Solomon, A/M, Woodson (Va.)
Commitment: Maryland |

5. Ryan Tucker, M, Gilman (Md.)
Commitment: Virginia

6. Joey Sankey, A, Penn Charter (Pa.)
Commitment: North Carolina

7. Brian Sullivan, D, Bishop Timon-St. Jude (N.Y.)
Commitment: North Carolina

8. Mike Daniello, A, John Jay-Cross River (N.Y.)
Commitment: Johns Hopkins

9. Stephen Jahelka, D, Garden City (N.Y.)
Commitment: Harvard

10. Myles Jones, M, Walt Whitman (N.Y.)
Commitment: Duke

11. Conor Doyle, A, Gilman (Md.)
Commitment: Notre Dame

12. Carl Walrath, A/M, Haverford (Pa.)
Commitment: Virginia

13. Kevin Forster, A, La Salle (Pa.)
Commitment: Maryland

14. Brian Dailey, LSM, Conestoga (Pa.)
Commitment: Duke

15. Thomas Grimm, M, Carthage (N.Y.)
Commitment: Syracuse

16. Brian Fischer, D, Garden City (N.Y.)
Commitment: Harvard

17. Kyle Keenan, A, Smithtown West (N.Y.)
Commitment: Duke

18. Matt Walters, M, Haverford (Pa.)
Commitment: Syracuse

19. Jeff Chase, M, Boys’ Latin (MD.)
Commitment: Loyola

20. Michael Pellegrino, D, Connetquot (N.Y.)
Commitment: Johns Hopkins

21. Ryan Kilpatrick, D, Salesianium (Del.)
Commitment: North Carolina

22. Kevin Rice, A, Skaneateles (N.Y.)
Commitment: Hofstra

23. Joe LoCascio, M. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
Commitment: Maryland

24. Conrad Oberbeck, A, Brunswick School (Conn.)
Commitment: Yale

25. Jay Carlson, A, St. Paul’s (Md.)
Commitment: Maryland


26. Greg Danseglio, D, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) | Virginia
27. John Kelly, D, Bullis (Md.) | Johns Hopkins
28. Jake Gambitsky, G, Wantagh (N.Y.) | Harvard
29. Goran Murray, LSM/Haverford (Pa.) | Maryland
30. Jack Bogorowski, M, La Salle (Pa.) | Johns Hopkins
31. Brandon Gamblin, M, Hicksville (N.Y.) | UMass
32. Eric Chadderdon, D, Hamburg (N.Y.) | Ohio State
33. Will Mazzone, A. Ward Melville (N.Y.) | Army
34. Matt Kavanaugh, A, Chaminade (N.Y.) |Notre Dame
35. Brendan McGrath. M, Haverford (Pa.) | Princeton
36. Cory Dobyns, A, Georgetown Prep (Pa.) | Undecided
37. Kyle Bernlohr, G, Western Reserve (Ohio) | Maryland
38. Bronson Kelly, M. Avon Old Farms (Conn.) | Johns Hopkins
39. Bobby Gribbin, M, Georgetown Prep (Md.) | Penn State
40. Jordan Frysinger M, Corning Unified (N.Y.) | Johns Hopkins


41. Bryson Greene, D. McDonogh (Md.) | Georgetown
42. Ryan DeSimone, A/Smithtown East (N.Y.) | Villanova
43. Conor Kelly, G, Haverford (Pa.) | Notre Dame
44. Tyler German, M, Queen Anne’s (Md.) | Virginia
45. Bobby Tait, D, Germantown Academy (Pa.) | Syracuse
46. Taylor Michel, A, St. Paul’s (Md.) | Virginia
47. Greg Coholan, A/M, Irondequoit (N.Y.) | Virginia
48. Bobby Wardwell, G, Shenendehowa (N.Y.) | Syracuse
49. Walker Chafee, M, Salisbury School (Conn.) | North Carolina
50. Logan Connelly, A, St. Mary’s Annapolis (Md.) | Notre Dame

For more:  http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2010/08/19/inside-lacrosse-september-2010-issue-top-50-young-gun-rising-seniors