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Cayden Brodnax '20 signs NLI to play lax at Sacred Heart

Cayden Brodnax '20 signs NLI to play lax at Sacred Heart

Presence.

Some people have it; some don’t.

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Cayden Brodnax ’20 has it, and the affects of that presence were on full display Feb. 18 in the Athletic Center.

With nearly 50 people in attendance, most arriving 20 minutes beforehand, Cayden signed his National Letter of Intent to attend and play Division I lacrosse at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

The outpouring of support was impressive because Cayden is a postgraduate and has yet to play a second of lacrosse in a Titan uniform.

Cayden, a midfielder, also received significant interest from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Quotes

Cayden on why he chose Sacred Heart: “I liked the whole community. For lacrosse, the team was really close together. The team harped on that – how the team was a family. They’re hardworking and practice is high-paced. Academically it was a perfect fit as well.”

Cayden on the benefits of attending WMA for a postgraduate year: “The past six or seven months were the thick of the recruiting process for me. Coach (Mike) Mac (MacDonald) reaching out to any school I asked him about that expressed interest in me; my teachers helping me with the recommendations; all the questions I had inside or outside the classroom were always answered. I used all of the resources that I had here.”

Coach Mike MacDonald on Cayden’s impact at WMA: “His presence in the dorm and in the classroom, in the community, in athletics - for that post-grad year, those guys come in with a little bit more maturity. To have that on campus and for him to be leading these guys in the right direction is a key for us. The crowd that was at the signing is a reflection of what he means to the community at WMA.”

Coach MacDonald on Cayden signing with Sacred Heart: “He had it down to two schools that wanted him real bad. He chose Sacred Heart. It was a little closer to home, and he’ll be able to contribute as a freshman. They’re a program on the rise as well. They’ll be competing to get an NCAA berth every year.”

Coach MacDonald regarding Cayden as a lacrosse player: “I encouraged him to come up to a tournament in Lake Placid with me this summer once I knew he was ours. It’s a big recruiting piece for these guys. When I saw him play up there, and he was competing against some of the best players in the country, he stood out. He’ll be huge for us this year. We’re looking forward to his skill and leadership.”