A lacrosse goalie is not often a sought out position, as it requires standing in front of a net with no protective equipment trying to block rubber balls being thrown at the speed of around 70 miles per hour.
Wohlford’s role as a goalie began when he was playing with his childhood lacrosse team. No one else volunteered for the job, so Wohlford stepped in. He quickly learned that getting hit was painful, but he still managed to have a smile on his face after every game.
“Getting hit hurt a little more than expected, but the challenge of being the last wall of defense was so much fun, it was an easy decision to get back in the net the next game. I think my teammates were happy about that, as well,” Wohlford said.
Born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota, Wohlford’s passion for lacrosse took him to camps all around the state. His dedication to the sport kept him determined to better his skills.
“I knew lacrosse was my favorite sport when practices started to become really fun. I would keep asking my dad to put me in camps or even shoot on me in the backyard. I tried anything to help me become better,” Wohlford.
Wohlford led a successful high school career as captain of the varsity lacrosse team. The 5’10” goalie attracted attention from numerous colleges. In the end, it was Concordia that won Wohlford over.
Wohlford has set many program records during his time at CUW, including wins in a season (13) and saves in a season (184). These successes have led to Wohlford being named the Conference Defensive Player of the Year three times.
“It’s nice to receive awards like that but it truly is a team effort. If it wasn’t for their defense, I’d be facing much more difficult shots. They make it easy for me,” Wohlford said.
The men’s lacrosse team faces Olivet College at CUW in their first match of the 2019 season on February 16. Be sure not to miss a match by following along with the team’s schedule by clicking here.
Written by Connor Hogg.