By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(September 23, 2013) – Franklin & Marshall College has scored Virginia’s 2013 AA Northern Section Lacrosse Player of the Year as Loudoun County High School senior Sean Rogers has committed to play attack for the D3 Diplomats starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“I really started to realize that being a Franklin & Marshall Diplomat is what I wanted to do,” said the 6-foot-1 Rogers. “I fell in love with the campus and I had an already great relationship with the coaching staff.”
Rogers’ great relationship with the coaching staff in Lancaster, Pennsylvania started as his father played lacrosse for the Diplomats. However, Rogers says his decision to attend Franklin & Marshall was his alone.
“I have always been a very individualistic, do-it-yourself kind of person so going to college where my dad went never crossed my mind,” Rogers said. “Even for how cool it is that I’m going to my father’s alma mater, I still want it to be looked at as my choice, my decision, my college, and I want to talk about what I will do for F&M, not what my dad did.”
At Franklin & Marshall, Rogers hopes to improve a team that finished 2013 with an 11-6 record before dropping the final game of the season to Dickinson College in the Centennial Conference championship.
“I see myself as a mentally strong player so I believe that using my knowledge of the game I can add a lot to the team,” the Ohio-born Rogers said. “Hopefully putting myself in the right place at the right time, using my knowledge of the game, I will be able to help put points on the board for our team.”
Rogers put up major points last year as he helped lead the Raiders to an undefeated regular season and a Dulles District championship.
“As a team, our goal is to win our conference, our region, and of course, win the state championship,” said Rogers who also plays for the Cavalier Lacrosse Club. “Some people might say that we won’t be able to do it, but I know, and we as a team know, we can if we play to our full potential.”
Lead by head coach Dave Colangelo, Loudoun County will return both of the Dulles District’s co-players of the year including Rogers and his defensive counterpart in All-American Michael Rexrode. Rogers says he will need to improve his game and eliminate his weaknesses in order to reach his goal of once again claiming the player of the year honors in the district and region.
“I plan on working extremely hard this season on my individual game,” Rogers said. “I need to keep working to get rid of my weaknesses. There’s never an ‘easy’ match up in practice and I’m very thankful for that. It forces me to be better and to improve upon my game.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.