Junior – Attack/draw specialist – Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
Committed to University of Richmond
PEACE LACROSSE BLOG: What made you decide to commit to Richmond?
Richmond was one of my top schools that I was interested in attending; it has quality academics and an outstanding lacrosse program. After speaking with Coach Allison for the first time, I was impressed by her emphasis on family within her lacrosse program. This was extremely important to me in choosing a school to play because I wanted to have the opportunity to be a part of a family program where I could develop relationships on and off the field with my teammates. In addition, after speaking with all of the coaches at Richmond, they assured me that I would be able to pursue my major in pre-med. Being a student athlete at the University of Richmond will allow me to develop and grow on and off the field.
Awards and Accolades
- Good Counsel Varsity Lacrosse Starter since freshman year of high school 2020
- UA All America Highlight Team Selection – Washington DC Lacrosse Magazine’s 2020 National Watchlist – Attack 2019 and 2020
- Under Armour 150 2019 and 2020 WCAC Lacrosse Runner Up 2018 and 2019
- WCAC All Conference Honors – Field Hockey 2018 and 2019 Varsity Swimming at Good Counsel
- WPLL Futures National Championship 2020
- Nike Elite 120 Invitee 2016 Brine NLC Champions – Team Maryland 2018 and 2019
- Varsity Field Hockey Starter at Good Counsel. Started every game since freshman year. 2018 and 2019 WCAC Field Hockey Champions 2019
PLB: How has the COVID-19 Pandemic affected you?
MR: Covid drastically altered the recruiting process for the class of 2022. I was extremely disappointed that we did not get to play our sophomore lacrosse season at Good Counsel; we had an extremely talented team and I believe we could have won the WCAC Championship. I knew that although my club tournament season would be very different from years past, it would still occur and would bring college coaches wanting to recruit our class. This kept me very motivated; I created a structured schedule that enabled me to stay in great physical shape as well as maintain a positive state of mind. Covid-19 taught me how to properly self motivate myself and stay focused through uncertain times. This was an eye opener for me and helped me see that persistence, dedication, commitment, hard work, a positive outlook and the support of others can help me overcome really difficult obstacles.
PLB: How would you describe your recruiting process?
MR: Going into this last part of the recruiting process everything was so uncertain; however I knew I had put in the work and had done everything possible prior to September 1st to prepare myself. I did a lot of work before September 1st including developing myself as a player and teammate, keeping in touch with coaches, updating film, and playing. But on September 1st, my recruiting process moved extremely fast. Those first 2 weeks in September were very stressful, but a good kind of stress since there was a lot contact. After visiting Richmond I knew that was where I belonged. After committing I felt a huge sense of relief and an overwhelming rush of happiness.
PLB: What kind of stick do you play with?
MR: I used to play with an Under Armour Glory head, but I switched to an STX Exult head and shaft because that is the type of stick that the team plays with at the University of Richmond.
PLB: Favorite Quotes that You Live By?
“I don’t need it to be easy, I just need it to be possible.” Bethany Hamilton
PLB: What do you do for fun?
MR: I love to go to the beach with my friends and family. My mom was a very good surfer and she taught my sister and I how to surf; my sister and I enjoy getting up early and catching a few waves during our beach vacations. I also enjoy spending time with my two dogs Max and Millie (Neapolitan Mastiffs) and watching my favorite shows (Greys Anatomy and Criminal Minds)
PLB: What do you want to be when you grow up? And Why?
MR: I want to be a surgeon when I am older, but I am unsure of what I will specialize in. My grandfather was an ophthalmologic surgeon and I have seen the impact he had on lives of those he worked with. He is an inspiration to me and has helped me to love science and appreciate the ways in which the human body works.
PLB: Once Coronavirus is over where would you like to visit?
MR: I want to go visit my family in Chicago, Indiana, Philadelphia and New Jersey. I also want to go to the beach!
PLB: Favorite Song Currently?
PLB: Favorite Food?
MR: My favorite food are the chicken tacos from California Tortilla