Monday, April 19, 2010

recruit making an impact during his senior year

Spotlight on: Mainland senior Elliot Rollins

Lacrosse accomplishments: Considered among the best defenders in South Jersey, Rollins is a four-year varsity player and was a first-team all-conference selection last season.

Lacrosse history: He has played the sport for nearly nine years, and actually got his start by attending a high school girls' lacrosse clinic.

"It was me and a bunch of girls running around, and I liked it," he said. "That is my earliest lacrosse memory."

Future: He will attend Oberlin College in Ohio, and will play lacrosse for the Division III program. A member of the National Honor Society, Rollins plans a dual major in creative writing and cinema.

"They have a growing cinema studies program and a strong creative writing program," Rollins said. "And I liked the coach and the lacrosse team."

Did you know? Rollins has written a one-act play called All the World's a Stage Dive. He will be staging it in June during Mainland's one-act festival.

"It's an off-the-wall comedy," he said. "I'm doing everything - writing, directing, and acting in it."

About Mainland's team: "Lacrosse is relatively new here, and we have a lot of people who are excited and work so hard to improve," he said. "They all get into it, and it's pretty neat."

The final word: "I love the quickness and amount of intelligence it takes to be really good at lacrosse," he said. "For lacrosse, you have to be a student of the game and know how the game works to be an effective player."

- Marc Narducci

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