“Thank you for the opportunity to play with CityLax.”
One of our newest CityLax players is River Marquardt, a middie from Chesterton, Indiana. River recently moved to NYC, where he’ll finish his senior year at Long Island City High School. While the transition from Indiana to New York City is a lot to take in, River says lacrosse has made it a bit easier. “I was dying for some way to play during the winter, so I’m glad I found CityLax. And the coaches are awesome—we played for almost three hours and then got lunch after and ended up talking. It’s just a really cool environment to be exposed to right away.”
One difference that River’s noticed already between his teammates from CityLax and from Indiana is the passion of the players. “Kids here are a lot more devoted to lacrosse,” he says. “Back in Indiana, they would show up and they would be really good, but they wouldn’t put their energy into it. Here, there’s more of a drive—they really want to play.” He’s looking forward to playing alongside his new teammates for his senior season and the opportunity to be a leader on the field. “My best advice for younger players is just don’t give up. Play wall ball and work on your off hand—it will pay off.” As for after graduation, River plans to attend college and then graduate school for an MBA. He hopes to combine his interests in art, creative writing, and statistics and pursue a career in advertising.