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Sewickley Academy Kendall grad shines at Dickinson

| Friday, June 10, 2016, 7:39 p.m.
Sewickley Academy graduate Rob Kendall, who plays on the Dickinson College men’s lacrosse team, was named first-team all-Centennial Conference.
James Rasp | For the Tribune-Review
Sewickley Academy graduate Rob Kendall, who plays on the Dickinson College men’s lacrosse team, was named first-team all-Centennial Conference.
Sewickley Academy graduate Rob Kendall, who plays on the Dickinson College men’s lacrosse team, was named first-team all-Centennial Conference.
James Rasp | For the Tribune-Review
Sewickley Academy graduate Rob Kendall, who plays on the Dickinson College men’s lacrosse team, was named first-team all-Centennial Conference.

Sewickley Academy graduate Rob Kendall capped his career on the Dickinson men's lacrosse team in an impressive way.

Kendall, 21, of Edgeworth was named first-team all-Centennial Conference.

Kendall, an attacker, had a career-best 36 points on 24 goals and 12 assists for the Red Devils, who were 8-7 overall and 3-5 in the conference.

He was one of six Dickinson players — two on the first team — selected.

In four seasons, he scored 95 points and had 35 ground balls. He was named second-team all-conference last year.

Kendall said it's the biggest honor of his career.

“(Coaches vote and) are watching every game you play,” he said.

Dickinson coach Dave Webster said Kendall deserved the award.

“He was consistently productive against some of the best teams in (NCAA) Division III,” he said. “He has always had a (scorer's) mentality and, in his last two seasons, learned to play with greater discipline and determination.

“Every year, he has improved and added some aspect to his game, (such) as strength, dodging (and) feeding.”

Kendall, who is 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, helped the Red Devils to the conference title and the NCAA playoffs as a freshman. The Red Devils lost in the conference semifinals in 2014 and '15.

Kendall plans to play for a team in Australia for five months starting this month before pursuing a career in finance in the United States. He was a political science major.

Rod Ansell, a spokesman for the Malvern Lacrosse Club in Melbourne, said the club has hosted international players, mainly graduating American college players, for more than 30 years. He said a former player recommended the club to Kendall.

“We aim to develop a win-win scenario where the players get the opportunity to come to Australia, play lacrosse, work, travel and experience the culture,” said Ansell, adding the club benefits by having players assist with coaching junior players.

Kendall said it was “pretty cool” to be connected to a foreign team.

Kendall had 45 goals and 29 assists and was a top scorer on a Sewickley Academy team that reached the WPIAL Division I playoffs in 2012.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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