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Hard work paying off for Rovzar

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

CdM junior, who helped Sea Kings win Battle of the Bay, is a rising star in girls' lacrosse.

April 06, 2012|By Matt Szabo

The passion and determination come out when talking to Rovzar. She said she has a great support system in her family. Her father, Bob, is the CdM Lacrosse boosters president. Her mother, Betsy, has also been extremely supportive. Betsy is a kindergarten teacher at Andersen Elementary, which is where Molly went to school.

Then there are her older brother, Andy, and sister, Brittany, who are always happy to hear of Molly's successes. Andy Rovzar, now a senior at University of Colorado-Boulder, played basketball and baseball at CdM.

"My brother was kind of my role model," Molly Rovzar said. "He's such a sports fanatic. It's kind of always been hard for me, because he hasn't really been able to see me play lacrosse because he's in college. It's weird, because he's one of my biggest fans, but he's yet to see me. I love calling him when something exciting happens with sports, because he's always super supportive about it and super helpful. He just says the right things."

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There are at least two phone calls Molly wants to make in the upcoming weeks. The Sea Kings, ranked No. 3 in Southern California by laxpower.com, play host to No. 2 Foothill on Friday.

The Sea Kings are in spring break next week. They have a break from practicing until Thursday, the day before the match.

"It's kind of a little scary," Rovzar said. "Foothill's in school. They have a game next week, they're practicing, they're in 'go' mode. But it's good we're getting a break from lacrosse; everyone needs time to chill."

CdM then plays at No. 4-ranked Beckman again in the league finale April 25. And, as much fun as beating the Patriots was the first time, Rovzar knows the stakes will only be raised in the second meeting.

"As we're working hard right now, so are they," she said. "Right now, it could go anywhere. For us, just beating them once is not enough. We need to show them that we can beat Beckman twice in one year. I think we can do it."

Rovzar's words carry meaning. All of the travel is worth it now.

They come from a now-elite player, helping build a now-elite team.

Molly Rovzar

Born: Dec. 15, 1994

Hometown: Newport Beach

Height: 5 feet 6

Sport: Lacrosse

Coach: Aly Vislocky

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite movie: "Bridesmaids"

Favorite athletic moment: Helping CdM beat perennial powerhouse Beckman this year.

Week in review: Rovzar had a game-high six goals and two assists as CdM won the Battle of the Bay game over rival Newport Harbor, 24-6, on March 31.

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