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Rovzar's passion drives CdM

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Senior captain, who is headed to the University of Colorado Boulder, is a natural leader for Sea Kings.

April 13, 2013|By Matt Szabo
(Don Leach, Daily…)

It's rare to catch Corona del Mar High senior Molly Rovzar off guard on the girls' lacrosse field.

She is a senior midfielder and team captain for the Sea Kings. Despite missing two games this year due to illness, she leads the team in most statistical categories like goals (43), draw controls (24) and ground balls (35).

When Rovzar was asked her favorite movie, though, she had to pause.

She switched between comedies. First she said, "Step Brothers." Then a moment later, she changed it to "Bridesmaids," which she correctly remembered was her choice when she was Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week for the first time last year.

"I'll keep it with that," Rovzar said with a laugh. "I panicked."

No panic was seen from Rovzar on the field last week. She has earned Athlete of the Week honors again after leading CdM to a pair of big nonleague victories.

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She had four goals and three assists in CdM's 15-6 win at Newport Harbor on April 2. Rovzar followed up that Battle of the Bay effort with three more goals in the Sea Kings' 9-7 victory over Foothill two days later.

She plays the sport with a certain passion, a determination, and she's always striving to get better. It's characteristics like these that have Rovzar headed to play at the University of Colorado Boulder next year. She committed to the school, which her older brother Andy also attended, last July.

Gabby Smith, who now plays at Chapman University as a freshman, was the first member of the CdM program to play in college. Smith had 19 goals for the Panthers through Friday, fourth on the team.

But now it is Rovzar who is the first CdM player going Division 1.

It's perfect timing for her, as the Buffaloes will begin their program next year. Rovzar is a part of their first recruiting class.

"It's a huge accomplishment, not just for our program but also for Orange County lacrosse," CdM Coach Aly Vislocky said. "There's still not that many girls who are recruited out of Orange County."

Vislocky, who has coached Rovzar for several years now, understands what Colorado sees in the feisty Rovzar. Her experience has been invaluable this year for CdM (12-4), which is ranked No. 7 in Southern California by laxpower.com.

The Sea Kings have a new assistant coach, Jessica Murray, who has really focused on the strategy aspect of the game. CdM is running more plays, rather than just relying on just athleticism.

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