By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/1/11
Owen J. Roberts senior defender Mercedes Rolon has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Alvernia University.
Rolon was a starter on a Wildcat team that went 11-8 and advanced to the District 1 tournament last year. Rolon, who made the Fab 40 All-Star Game at the Philly Showcase in November, also plays club lacrosse for Aftershock.
She plans to major in education at Alvernia and become an English teacher and a lacrosse coach at the middle school level.
“I felt like I belonged at Alvernia with those girls,” she said. “It was comfortable and had a great atmosphere.”
Rolon will play for Alvernia coach Kelly McCloskey, a former standout at Boyertown High and Temple. “She has so much to offer her players and is so down to earth and easy to talk to,” said Rolon.
In her sophomore year, Rolon helped her mother, Jennifer Medaglia, launch Aftershock Lacrosse. The non-profit summer travel team offers full and partial scholarships to girls who can not afford the high price of travel teams. Rolon also is a US Lacrosse youth umpire for two years and volunteers to coach youth lacrosse and free clinics.
Rolon, who also credits Aftershock’s Andy Bachman (Pottstown High coach) and Rachel Lenzo and OJR coach Lucinda Boalton for helping in her growth, enjoys the challenge of playing defense.
“When you are a defender, your work on the field often goes unnoticed because you are not the one scoring goals and getting in the paper,” said Rolon, who also played field hockey at Owen J. Roberts. “Defense is an important part of lacrosse and when done right it is just as hard as offense.”
Also for Owen J. Roberts, senior midfielder Emily Kolsevich has signed with Division I Louisville and midfielder/defender Allie Campbell has signed with D2 Bloomsburg.
Rolon believes the Wildcats can be a contender in the Pioneer Athletic Conference in 2011 if the team works together.
“We’re trying to bond,” said Rolon. “The other day we all went sledding. Communication amongst teammates is really important and if we all work together we can be more successful.”
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