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CDM's Molnar drafted by MLL's Rochester Rattlers

Former CDM midfielder Noah Molnar '09 was recently drafted by the MLL's Rochester Rattlers
January 11th marked yet another milestone for the Corona del Mar Lacrosse program. Former CDM All-American midfielder Noah Molnar (2009) was chosen 45th overall by the Rochester Rattlers in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft. Molnar, a senior at Lehigh University, became the first player in CDM lacrosse history to be selected to play lacrosse professionally.

"We are all very proud of Noah," commented CDM head coach G.W. Mix. "He has worked extremely hard on and off the field, and his selection last week in the MLL draft is true testimony to his determination and work ethic."

Molnar, a pre-season All-American nominee for the Mountain Hawks said he was with his teammates at Lehigh when he heard the news.

"I was with my senior teammates watching the draft online when I heard I was selected," said Molnar. "It was very exciting being with all of them when my name was called."

"When I heard my name, the first thing I thought about was how far my lacrosse career has come. When I first began playing, I didn't think there was a chance I could play collegiately, let alone professionally. So, it really goes to show how much can be accomplished with a little hard work."

Mix recalls those early days.

"I had the privilege of coaching Noah from the time he first picked up a stick," Mix added. "He was a terrific athlete at the middle school level and developed into a dominant force in high school. His tireless work ethic and dedication to improving his stickwork was second to none. He and my son Ryan (Ryan Mix / CDM 2010 / Notre Dame) used to get together all the time to shoot lacrosse balls and work on their skills. It certainly has paid off for him."

Molnar credits the extra time and effort he put into his stickwork while at CDM with playing a big role in his success at the Division I level.

"The thing from my high school years that has helped me the most was the work ethic I developed, Molnar said. " In high school some fellow teammates and I would go out of our way to do as much extra work possible in order to be the best lacrosse players we could be. This is something that I've carried with me through college and it has helped my game tremendously."

"I think there are two main differences between high school and college lacrosse. The first is the college game moves a lot faster than the high school game. Everyone is bigger, stronger, faster, and this makes for a higher paced game. Secondly, the confidence that collegiate players have in their stick skills is at a completely different level."

Molnar, and a few of his CDM teammates, recognized the importance and value of extra effort during their high school careers, and it seems he has put that knowledge to good use during his impressive career at Lehigh.

We were curious, however, to learn about what he wishes he had learned in high school but did not. So, we asked him.

"While I was in high school, I wish I would have known how academically challenging college would be. Had I known then what I know now, I would have made much more of an effort to develop better study skills earlier In life."

As the former president and general manager of the MLL's L.A. Riptide (2006-2008), Mix also knows how important Molnar's work ethic will be when he tries to earn a spot on Rochester's final roster.

"Noah has a hard road ahead of him in the MLL, but I am confident he will eventually earn an opportunity to play," Mix said. "The number of players on each team's roster at training camp is almost three times the number of players who will ultimately dress on game days. Noah's athleticism and determination are what will set him apart from most of the competition. We had a few players similar to him on our Riptide teams. They may not have been the most talented lacrosse players in the league, but their attitude and work ethic enabled them to become impact players for a number of years. I think Noah has a real chance to be one of those guys."