Cody Saunders has found great success in the John Carroll boys' lacrosse program. The Fallston, Md., native is halfway through his fourth varsity season after making the roster as one of four freshmen in 2012.
After graduating from Fallston Middle School in 2012, Saunders began his career as a Patriot. This fall, he will attend the University of South Carolina, where he will major in business. Saunders also hopes to attend law school after earning his undergraduate degree and study corporate law.
The offensive midfielder found his love for lacrosse nine years ago, when he made the switch to lacrosse after playing baseball.
Growing up, Saunders played for Breakers Lacrosse Club and Celtic Crosse Lacrosse Club, but stopped once he decided he did not want to play at the varsity level in college.
At John Carroll, Saunders is a member of both the National Honors Society and Spanish National Honors Society. He is also a Patriot Ambassador and a member of the Student Affairs Council.
Saunders hopes to finish out his final season strong, and lead his team to the MIAA B conference championship.
PressBox: How long have you been an offensive midfielder? What do like about the position?
Cody Saunders: I've always played in that position. I like offensive middie because I feel like I have the ability to control the game with the other five guys I am playing with.
PB: When did you start playing lacrosse, and how did you get interested?
CS: I started playing when I was 9. I originally played baseball, but wasn't very good, which was a big factor in why I wanted to try something new. I had a lot of friends who played lacrosse, so I got into it with them. I eventually signed up for a team, and once I started playing, I really liked it. My dad played baseball, but my parents have been really supportive through the switch.
PB: What are your plans for pursuing the sport after graduation?
CS: I am going to University of South Carolina next year, and I hope to get involved in with the club team, or at least intramurals.
PB: What's your fondest John Carroll lacrosse memory?
CS: My favorite memory was going to the championship at Towson University my sophomore year. Unfortunately, we lost that game, but the experience and atmosphere were really good and a big drive to try and get back there this year.
PB: John Carroll defeated Indian Creek, 20-5, April 2 and St. Vincent Pallotti, 19-4, April 7. Why were those performances so successful for John Carroll?
CS: Those were both home games, so it's always tough travel, and it's much nicer to play in our home atmosphere. We started quick and were very focused in each of those games. We were also able to settle down early, run what we wanted to do and execute well.
PB: What do you like about head coach Brian King's coaching style?
CS: This is his first year at John Carroll, and I like him a lot so far. He's very intense and definitely knows what he is talking about. He always has a plan for everything.
His big thing was coming in and changing the culture of John Carroll lacrosse, and I think he's done a great job of that so far -- the future is very bright.
PB: What are you most looking forward to the rest of season?
CS: The rest of the season is all conference play, so games that will really impact where we finish the year. I am most looking forward to battling through every game and trying our best to make it to the championship at Homewood Field this year.