Rodriguez makes history for CPHS girls lacrosse program


Castle Park High School senior Brittany Rodriguez, left, employed a strong defensive game to advance to the next level. Photo by Phillip Brents

Brittany Rodriguez has officially signed a national letter of intent to continue her lacrosse career at Eastern Oregon University.

She becomes the first player in the Castle Park High School girls lacrosse program to sign and play at the college level since the program began, according to head coach Chris Kryjewski.

The entire Lady Trojans program is obviously excited about the eventful news.

Rodriguez earned distinction as a defender, especially due to her “very aggressive” nature, according the Kryjewski.

“She anchored our defense playing a very important position on our defense which was our ball stopper and putting opponents into a trapping situation,” the Castle Park coach said. “She became available to other colleges when she wasn’t able to re-take the ACT in April to earn a National Merit Scholarship at one school.

“She wanted to be closer to home and Eastern Oregon University and coach (Monica) Plut gave her that opportunity. Her aggressive play is what led Brittany to get recruited and be our first Trojan lacrosse player to go and play at the next level.”

Eastern Oregon University is located in La Grande, Ore.  The school’s women’s lacrosse program is a start-up venture and will field its first team during the 2021 season.

The Mountaineers compete at the NAIA level.

“I chose Eastern Oregon University because I wanted to experience something new and get out there, and also be able to meet new people and be part of such a family-like team who support each other,” Rodriguez said.

Castle Park managed to get in four games before the spring season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Lady Trojans defeated visiting Otay Ranch, 15-1, on March 12 to record their first league win.

Junior Berenice Villalobos led Castle Park in scoring with nine goals while junior Nani Roche ranked second with eight points on seven goals and one assist.

Villalobos also led the team in fielding with 23 ground balls.

Kryjewski emphasized this could be the beginning of good things to come to the program.

“This has opened a lot of doors for the program to get more exposure by college coaches,” Kryjewski said. “Currently with this signing it has opened doors for our 2021 prospects. We currently have eight players getting recruited out of our 2021 class with several Division III and NAIA schools. We do have interest by some Division II schools but due to the COVID-19 pandemic Division I and Division II colleges can’t speak to players till June 30.

“Brittany being the first signing in seven years of the program is amazing. It shows the effort and the growth this young lady brought to the program day in and day out of her four years at the Land of Troy.”


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College commitments

Zach Armstrong (Eastlake, 2020): Webster University

Ali Camarillo (Otay Ranch, 2021): CSU Northridge

Ray Cebulski (Eastlake, 2021): San Diego State University

Mark Cervantes (Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy, 2020): University of La Verne

Nico Libed (Eastlake, 2023): University of San Diego

Omar Lopez (Otay Ranch, 2020): Azusa Pacific University

Nathan Nankil (Bonita Vista, 2020): Cal State Fullerton

Marcelo Mayer (Eastlake, 2021): University of Southern California

Daniel McElveny (Bonita Vista, 2021): University of San Diego

Angelo Peraza (St. Augustine, 2020): University of San Diego

Ildefonso Ruiz (Mater Dei Catholic, 2020): San Diego State University

Kai Saterstrom (Eastlake, 2020): San Diego State University

Dante Schmid (Eastlake, 2020): San Jose State University

Josh Smith (Eastlake, 2020): Concordia Nebraska

Holden Stephens (Eastlake, 2020): Arizona Christian

Jordan Thompson (Helix, 2020): Louisiana State University


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Jalen Fejeran (Eastlake, 2019): UC-San Diego

Emilio Luna (Castle Park, 2019): CSU San Marcos

Randy Abshier (Otay Ranch, 2018): University of Arizona

Grant Holman (Eastlake, 2018): Cal-Berkeley

Brian Leonhardt (Eastlake, 2018): San Diego State University

Micah Pietila-Wiggs (Eastlake, 2018): University of New Mexico, Santa Ana College

Zaine Mendoza (Eastlake, 2018): CSU-San Bernardino

Roberto Duran (Bonita Vista, 2017): Thomas College

Leonard (L.J.) Jones (Eastlake, 2017): Long Beach State

Ben Ramirez (Eastlake, 2017): University of Southern California

Bryan Reyes (Eastlake, 2017): Lewis-Clark State College, San Diego City College, Southwestern College, Vanguard University

Sonny Rivera (Eastlake, 2017): Long Beach State

Juan Sanchez (Eastlake, 2017): Delaware State University

Casey Schmitt (Eastlake, 2017): San Diego State University

Osvaldo Tovalin (Otay Ranch, 2017): Azusa Pacific University

Alex Verdugo (Bonita Vista, 2017): Long Beach State, Grossmont College, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Ricardo Yoquigua (Chula Vista, 2017): Point Loma Nazarene

Greg (Tre) Brown (Eastlake, 2016): San Diego State University

Adrian Orozco (Otay Ranch, 2012): UC San Diego (2013-14, 2017), Southwestern College (2015), San Diego State University (2016), Point Loma Nazarene (coach)