Elexi Boladian is pictured with her Team USA teammates holding the championship trophy after winning the 2019 Lisoba Lacrosse Cup. The United States outscored its opponents 49-8.

Elexi Boladian is pictured with her Team USA teammates holding the championship trophy after winning the 2019 Lisoba Lacrosse Cup. The United States outscored its opponents 49-8.

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Adams grad wins gold in Portugal

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published July 16, 2019

 Now that her high school career is done at Rochester Adams, Boladian is off to college, where she will play for the University of Montevallo.

Now that her high school career is done at Rochester Adams, Boladian is off to college, where she will play for the University of Montevallo.

Photo provided by @STUDENTathleteworld

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Elexi Boladian recently graduated from Rochester Adams. A four-year varsity letter holder in lacrosse, she closed the book on her high school career with a Division 2 All-State honorable mention nod.

She was also recognized by the Oakland Activities Association with a spot on the All-Association team.

All of those accolades helped earn Boladian an NCAA Division 2 women’s lacrosse scholarship to the University of Montevallo in Alabama.

Before she represents the Falcons down south, she suited up for Team USA in the Lisboa Lacrosse Cup, held June 27-29 in Lisbon, Portugal, where the Americans captured a gold medal.

“I just stood there thinking that this is the coolest thing that I’ve ever been a part of,” Boladian said about the final win over Germany. “I froze and was like, ‘Wow, this is unreal,’ because I had no clue I was going to win the whole thing and come home with something to remember for the rest of my life.”

The United States dominated on its way to the championship, outscoring opponents 49-8. When asked, Boladian said she recorded six goals and 10 assists in the tournament.

Powering the team’s success on the field were its bonding experiences off of it.

Of note was the team’s zip line experience across the River Guadiana. The 720-meter (or roughly one-half mile) zip line transports users from Spain to Portugal on the first cross-border zip line in the world.

“After the tours, we would have hours to travel as a group, and we all used that time and bonded over the cool cultures and styles of everything,” Boladian said. “I think what we all saw and did together helped us out on the field.”

As soon as she received word that she was heading across the world, Boladian recognized the learning opportunity placed before her.

Boladian was the youngest player on the team and the only player with no college-level experience. While in Portugal, she had the opportunity to learn from Caleigh Spoon and Hailey Wilcox, who both currently play at Montevallo and were able to fill Boladian in on what it’s like playing for the Falcons.

Rebecca Kendall — one of Team USA’s captains and a member of Amherst College’s team — was also able to pass her lacrosse knowledge on.

“She (Kendall) became such a big role model to me,” Boladian said. “She taught me so much about lacrosse. She told me about all the things I should know going into college and what I should work on. She was a really big mentor for me.”

When reflecting on her high school career, Boladian said Adams acted as a place to build relationships and have fun playing the sports she loves. Playing travel lacrosse with the Detroit Lacrosse Club and club coach Sherry Pifer-Elliott is what prepared her to play in college and in Portugal.

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