Park School of Baltimore senior goalie Sam Cordish makes significant contributions both on and off the field. Cordish has established himself as one of the top goalies in the area. He also works with youth in Baltimore City to help them learn lacrosse. Cordish comes from a long line of talented lacrosse players. His grandfather, David Cordish, was a standout player at Johns Hopkins and part of the 1959 national championship team. He played the lead role with developing the The Cordish Lacrosse Center, located at the east end of Homewood Field. Sam Cordish will play at Penn, where his great uncle was named an All-Ivy League player, also as a goalie.
You come from a family of lacrosse players. How have they helped you along as a player?
Sam Cordish: My family has helped me a tremendous amount along the way. They were the ones that introduced me to lacrosse and took me to college games every weekend, so it was really through them that I developed a passion for the sport. As a player, they've done a lot for me as well, always being there to give me pointers or help if I need someone to practice with.
At what age did you start playing goalie? What do you like best about the position?
SC: I think I started playing goalie around age 5. What I like best about the position is how individually competitive it is. I'm a pretty competitive person, so, as a goalie, I have the chance to challenge and compete with myself every time I play.
What was it like volunteering for Charm City Youth Lacrosse? How have the kids embraced the game?
SC: The chance to volunteer with Charm City lacrosse was a great experience. It really changed how I look at lacrosse as more than just a sport and really a tool to change people's lives.
As a senior, what type of leadership role have you taken on this season?
SC: As a senior and a captain, being a leader for the younger members of the team is something that is really important to me. When I was a freshman and sophomore, the seniors were people I really looked up to, so to be in that role now, I take a lot of pride in being a role model and leader on and off the field.
How has Park prepared you for the rigor of academics and athletics at Penn?
SC: Park has done a lot to prepare me for the academic rigor at Penn. Park does a great job at teaching its student-athletes how to prioritize athletics and academics, so I feel very prepared to balance the two going forward.