A LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP
This next group of seniors were two of the truest leaders that Palmer Lacrosse has had in the history of the program. Donovan Shea and Rudy Espinoza brought out the best in their teammates every practice, every game, on and off the field. One was offense, the other defense, both were 3 year starters who provided the face of Palmer Lacrosse at their respective schools. Palmer Lacrosse draws from every D-11 school, so their efforts in inspiring players to join and love lacrosse will leave a lasting footprint on our program. Thank you and good luck!
#27 Donovan Shea – (Doherty HS) – Long Stick Midfield and Defense
It is easy to tell by Donovan’s answers below that he prefers to let his game do the talking. Donovan was the undisputed workout leader of the team, with a motor that never stops running. Donovan would lead every running drill, fight for every ground ball, take on any one-on-one challenge, and motivate his teammates to do the same. He is continuing his lacrosse career in college, signing with Earlham College. Donovan carried the team flag for every home game and led the team onto the field. This is a legacy passed down to him in honor of former Palmer Lax player Dylan Stanton whose brother, PFC Seth Stanton, was KIA. It is one of Palmer Lacrosse’s highest honors, and a tradition he will pass on to a deserving teammate next year.
- What is your dream job?: CSI? Firefighter? Biologist?
- What do you like to do when you aren’t playing lacrosse?: Play video Games, hang out with friends, work out, help others
- How long have you played lacrosse, and how did you get started playing?: 7 years. I watched Crooked Arrows and became interested in the sport.
- What is your favorite memory of Palmer Lacrosse?: Winning in overtime last year in our last game against Grand Junction or my sophomore year when we were man down for 4 minutes and killed the penalty.
- Plans for the next 4 years?: Play college lax at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
- Anyone you want to thank for being there for you during high school?: All of my friends and family, they have always been very supportive and helpful. Especially my mom who has taken amazing photos and video for the team.
#33 Rudolph (Rudy) Espinoza – Attack
If Donovan is the quiet leader by example, Rudy is the fiery, emotional, leader. He is not afraid to lead the team huddle and provide encouragement for every player on and off the field. He also provided a physical presence on the field aggressively working to get the ball back from the defense. Rudy improved as a scorer every season, using his size to become a go-to target on the offense. Rudy’s smile and sense of humor brought the team together in a way that few other players can match, and he inspired multiple friends to join the team.
RUDY’S FAVORITES: Class: Digital Media and Production, Color: Blue/Green, Food: Steak, Show: American Dad, Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Song: Rock and Roll by The Velvet Underground, Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers, Athlete: Joe Sakic , Brand/Shoes: Vans
- What is your dream job?: My dream job is to be a famous musician that makes music for all to hear.
- What do you like to do when you aren’t playing lacrosse?: When I’m not playing lacrosse I like to make music
- How long have you played lacrosse, and how did you get started playing?: I’ve played lacrosse for 11 years. I got started playing after my brother started playing because it looked like a super fun sport.
- Is there a reason why you picked your jersey number?: I picked the number 33 because it was the number my brother wore all throughout his lacrosse career until he got to college. I figured I’d carry on the Espinoza legacy of Palmer Lacrosse.
- What is your favorite memory of Palmer Lacrosse?: I think my favorite memory of playing lacrosse is being able to be apart of the Palmer Lacrosse family throughout all my 4 years at Palmer nothings made me quite as happy as being able to not only grow with the other seniors but also help the younger teammates grow into not just better athletes, but also better people off the field as well.
- Plans for the next 4 years?: Over the next 4 years I will be studying Media Production and Leadership at Metropolitan State University in Denver
- Anyone you want to thank for being there for you during high school?: I’d like to thank my parents for helping me get into the sport and always being there to support. I’d love to thank my brother for being a positive role model and helping me want to continue playing lacrosse. I’d also like to thank all of my coaches for pushing me to be my best, and all of the teachers who have helped me reach my potential. And finally I’d like to thank all of my friends and teammates who have helped me through hard times, and who have helped me to become the person I am today, everything you guys have done for me is more than appreciated and I’m going to miss all of you.