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ISSUE 4: Lacrosse Captain Shoots for Success

Christian Noriega heads to Dartmouth for Engineering
Photo Yesenia Rosario
Christian Noriega poses with his family during senior night.

As the 2024 lacrosse season finishes up, many memories come to the players. For one of the lacrosse team captains, Christian Noriega (’24), those memories are filled with both bittersweet and triumphant notes as his time at the Robinson lacrosse team comes to a close.

Noriega still remembers being fresh on the grass his junior year, when the sport had just begun to grow on him.

“I wasn’t super passionate about it at first,” Noriega said. “a couple of my friends had dragged me out, but then, I don’t know when it happened, I just started to fall in love with the game,”

For Noriega, lacrosse isn’t just a game, it’s had a profound effect on his life outside of the field, an effect he couldn’t get anywhere else.

“It’s something on a spiritual level… I’ve tried other sports and it’s irreplaceable.” Noriega said.

Noriega has had a very successful career as the goalie, with a save rate of over 50%. When asked what helps him succeed as goalie, he attributes it to his acquired mindset.

“Goalies don’t have much market success. It’s a lot of work with mentality…and I’m not afraid of getting hit with a ball.” Noriega said.

According to his former coach, one of the qualities that makes Noriega a great captain as well as a player is his coachability.

“He’s like a sponge, very teachable,” Smithers said.

Noriega agrees.

“If I’m doing something wrong, I’m not afraid to change what I’m doing If it will make me better.” Noriega said.

One of the benefits of Lacrosse is learning teamwork, and that also tracks with Noriega.

“The biggest thing I take with me off the field is the team and relationships I’ve built… it’s a very supportive group,” Noriega said.

As for his goals for the future, Noriega says that he’s working on keeping a clear and focused mind in the game and is looking forward to working towards playing in college at Dartmouth in the fall where he plans to focus on engineering.

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Malia Rodriguez
Malia Rodriguez, Senior Staff Writer
Maila Rodriguez is a sophomore at Robinson and a senior staff writer for Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff. When writing, Rodriguez tends to lean towards Opinion and A&E stories, where she infuses her distinctive perspective and voice on a variety of topics. "[I like] writing opinion stories and A&E stories; [last year,] I even won an award for my review "M3gan" was Mediocre," Rodeiguez said. Aside from using her pen and paper, she loves to socialize with her friends and practice her editing skills on Adobe Photoshop in class. Rodriguez is also very involved at Robinson as a member of multiple clubs including Marine Biology, Photography and Model U.N. Outside of Robinson, she partakes in ballet for Kari and DiMarco South Dance. When Rodriguez isn't writing or practicing ballet, you can find her listening to her favorite artists such as Taylor Swift and Lana Del Ray while crocheting or painting. Her paintings tend to be still life watercolors and you will often see her drawing inspiration from her surroundings. "I'll usually paint what I see around me so like right now I've been painting my cat," Rodriguez said. In the future, Rodriguez has not decided what she wants to pursue yet, but plans on making a positive impact on the world by helping others in her future field of profession. "I want to do something that helps a lot of people like something with a charity organization or I want to be like a lawyer in the future," Rodriguez said. "I want to especially help people who are less privileged, and you know, can't afford to help you."
Yesenia Rosario
Yesenia Rosario, News & Features Editor
Yesenia Rosario is a junior at Robinson and the News & Features Editor of  Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff and her first year as an editor.  Rosario has a deep fondness for the community that journalism has built for her, leading her to return to the staff for a second year.  "What brings me back is the community and the work, it’s very great. It’s very easy but fun at the same time," Rosario said.  Although busy with her academics, Rosario manages to find time for hobbies; she especially enjoys baking and being with friends. Rosario also appreciates a wide variety of media, particularly the essence of Jordan Peele's movies. Currently, “Coraline” is ranked as one of her favorite movies due to its more dark and irreverent tone.  “It's not that I don't lean over any other genres of movies, it's just that I think that thrillers and creepy movies have you on the edge of your seat more, they could be more interesting," Rosario said. "More can be done with a lesser timeframe, rather than like two-hour movies, and though they're good, they're pretty lengthy, so I think that horror and thriller movies have so much content in a short amount of time." Being a movie and music enthusiast, her favorite section to write is A&E. She often finds herself gravitating towards sections that allow her to editorialize.  “I prefer writing album reviews over any other, because it's something I enjoy writing about and giving my opinion on and it gives me a reason to listen to music for fun, rather than having to write lengthy feature stories or any informative story that aren't as fun to write," Rosario said.  Rosario hopes that her love for writing will continue to play a role in her future, even after high school. “One of the reasons I like journalism is that you’re able to choose and write about what you’d like and I think that’s pretty cool," Rosario said.  Profile by (Jordan De La Cruz)
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