Prior to last spring, Orange Lutheran senior Brody Boyd knew next to nothing about the sport of lacrosse. When he was asked by some friends to join the new sports program on campus, he took a chance and found an unexpected passion.
“I love it,” says Boyd of lacrosse. “It’s made me excel as a person and as a player. I think that without it, I don’t know what I’d be doing right now.”
A native of the capital city of Perth in Western Australia, Boyd arrived in the United States and on OLu’s campus last year as a junior. His first year playing lacrosse during the Lancers’ inaugural season was a time filled with friends that felt like family and an atmosphere focused on skills development and bonding with teammates.
Boyd found his fit as a midfielder, a position that gives him the opportunity to play critical roles both on offense and defense. He is also a part of the program’s leadership team that works as an extension of the coaching staff to help guide younger and newer players.
“Brody was new to the sport of lacrosse last year when he joined the program for the inaugural season at Orange Lutheran, but since that time, he has developed into that ‘do it all’ midfielder that every team needs to be successful,” says OLu boys lacrosse head coach, Michael Finley. “Brody plays offense and defense with toughness and grit, while also being an important player in our face-off unit. He is definitely a leader by example that we are very fortunate to have.”
This season, prior to all spring sports being placed on hold, Boyd felt as if the program had achieved a new focus and that playing competitively in both the Trinity League and CIF-SS Division 2 was an achievable goal. As a result, the Lancers began their second season undefeated with a 3-0 record, including a thrilling last-second win over Portola.
“This year was a turning point,” says the 18-year old. “Everything has changed, and we’re really trying to get better.”
While this may be his final year to play lacrosse for the Lancers, Boyd understands how investing in a newer program can leave a lasting legacy of growth and success.
“It’s really dawned on me, we’re starting this program and everything we do is shaping the future,” says Boyd “If we really push to get good, to find our skills and become a good team straight away, then I feel like our future is going to have high hopes.”
Boyd’s own future plans include heading home to Perth after graduation where he will attend Curtin University and play on the school’s lacrosse team. He hopes the move back Australia will be a stepping stone to an eventual return to the states to study engineering and continue his lacrosse career.
Boyd feels his faith brought lacrosse into his life, and he is grateful for the chance to play alongside supportive friends and inspiring teammates, including fellow senior Tim Cronn.
He is also thankful for his father, who not only gave Boyd the opportunity to travel half way around the world to attend OLu, but continues to model for him what it means to pay it forward.
“My dad is a big role model to me just because he’s given me all these opportunities in life,” says Boyd. “I want to take that on…and give the opportunities that he’s given to me back to other people, and give back to him as well.”