(From Los Gatos Observer Article) Graduating from Los Gatos High School before lacrosse became a sanctioned high school sport did not slow Eli Burnham down.
After playing all through high school for the West Valley Red Hawks lacrosse club, Burnham now plays lacrosse at Division III Birmingham-Southern in Alabama, which added lacrosse as a varsity sport last spring.
Burnham, a defenseman, was one of only nine players to play in all 15 games for the Panthers last spring, starting 11. He scored a goal and had three assists while his team posted a respectable 6-9 record in its inaugural season. Burnham was named the team’s most-valuable defensive player.
In high school, Burnham was captain of the Red Hawks, who posted a 44-2 record during his three years of varsity play and won the California Varsity Club Lacrosse Championship in 2008.
He was also named an Academic All-American by US Lacrosse, the national governing body of Lacrosse. While with the Red Hawks, he earned a spot as a starter on the Northern California All-Star Team traveling to compete at the University of Denver recruiting camp as well as the U-17 Vail tournament.
Burnham’s academic achievements at Los Gatos High School more than qualified him for the honor of Academic All-American. He took four AP classes as a junior and five AP classes as a senior. Burnham scored a combined 2310 on his SAT and had a 4.38 cumulative GPA.
Burnham took part in a scholarship competition at Birmingham-Southern and finished in the top 2 out of 185 applicants. He was awarded the “Thomas E. Jernigan Honor Scholarship,” a full academic scholarship for four years, and he is one of 35 students who were accepted into the college’s Honors Program.