Editor’s Note: The edited story below comes to us from Lacrosse Western Australia’s Shendelle Oliver, and focuses on a Wembley LC player, Callum Robinson, who is soon on his way stateside to play for Paul Cantabene at Stevenson University in Maryland. The best thing about all this is Callum is headed to Stevenson on academic scholarship. Education and Athletics, being married the right way!
A while we back we told you Australia Lacrosse Is Coming! Do you believe us now?
Up and coming Western Australian Lacrosse player, Callum Robinson, leaves for the USA on the 31st of August to take up an academic/merit scholarship at Stevenson University in Maryland. Robinson will also be playing lacrosse for Stevenson, which is one of the top ranked NCAA D3 lacrosse teams in the United States.
Robinson is 21 years old, from Sorrento in WA, and currently plays in the WA State League for the Wembley Lacrosse Club. He is one of very few Western Australians to be offered an academic scholarship to a US college or university, and he certainly has big shoes to fill as Australians are known to be being very high achievers in the collegiate ranks, with club-mate Sarah Forbes being inducted into the University of Maryland Hall of Fame in October of this year.
Robinson took up lacrosse at the age of eleven and has competed in many Australian National Championships for Western Australia. He has also played for Australia in the ASPAC Tournaments (Asia-Pacific Games), which was held in July 2011 in New Zealand. Callum is currently a member of the Australian Squad preparing for the 2014 World Championships in Denver. Robinson is leader on and off the field and has primarily been playing longstick midfield. In July 2012 he coached the Western Australian Under 17 Mens team to a silver medal at the Australian Youth Championships in Adelaide.
Robinson is also a surf-life saver at the Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club competing in the Surf Boat Rowing events during the surf club summer season, so maybe he’ll try to pick up some Summer work in Ocean City, MD. Robinson is a tough, fit athlete and uses surf life saving to maintain his high fitness level during the lacrosse off-season.
It can be quite unusual to see a long-stick rip a shot at the goal but Robinson seems to score goals on a weekly basis making him very appealing to scouting college coaches. His physical strength, size, maturity and overall athleticism make him a force to be reckoned with.
Head Coach at Stevenson, Paul Cantabene, has this to say about Robinson:
Callum has outstanding grades and is on an academic/merit based Scholarship, and he is planning on majoring in Chemistry at Stevenson.
It’s always good when you pick up a 6’4”,215 pound defense that can run and has a great stick. I think he might fit in well with us!!
Robinson follows in the footsteps of another former Wembley LC player, Adam Sear, who in 2007 left Perth to pursue a 4-year playing career at the University of Maryland. Sear is now the Assistant Coach at Stevenson University, and proving to the younger Aussies that the opportunities to continue with lacrosse can be endless once a college playing career is over.
“I am very excited about the opportunity Stevenson University has given me. I feel very privileged to be able to represent the college both athletically and academically. I look forward to contributing to the varsity lacrosse team and embracing the University’s rich lacrosse culture.”
Callum Robinson will definitely be a player to watch in coming year and is projected to be wearing number 10 for Stevenson University in the Spring.
Photo Credit: Jake Cutler
Kid has certainly got a great eye! Keep up the great photo work, Jake! And good luck to Callum on the field and in the classroom! We’ll be watching.