Hill’s passion, leadership drives Cavs toward CSAC title

By Robert Riches
April 25, 2012

Senior Brian Hill (No. 21) ranks fifth all time in Cabrini history in goals scored with 114. (Jenay Smith / Photo Editor)

Few players on the men’s lacrosse team have been as instrumental as senior attack Brian Hill.

According to the Cabrini Athletics website, Hill had 81 goals coming into the 2012 season, which was good enough for the 11th-most goals in the history of the program. As of press time, he has added 32 goals to that total, good enough for fifth-most.

“I’ve been playing since I was in second grade,” Hill said. “My older brother Steve started playing with all of his buddies so I picked up a stick and started playing.”

Hill actually had prior knowledge of the Cavaliers’ lacrosse program before making the decision to play here, as his brother played here.

“At the time he played here, so I knew about [Cabrini] before I even started the recruiting process,” Hill said. “Once that came about, I knew a lot about the school.”

Hill has been a main fixture in head coach Steve Colfer’s lineup for the past several championships. The four-year varsity starter has been instrumental in winning Colonial States Athletic Association titles for the past three seasons and looks to add one more prior to graduation.

If Colfer would like to win his 12th-consecutive CSAC title, he has a respectable player in Hill.

“Brian is a great kid. He’s the kind of kid that leads by his actions,” Colfer said. “[He’s a] blue collar, just-grind-it-out type of player.”

While Colfer enjoys the opportunity to have Hill in his lineup, teammates such as senior midfielder Andrew Zelinski like the opportunity to play alongside Hill as well.

“He doesn’t really mess up too much,” Zelinski jokingly said. “He’s a nice leader on and off the field.”

Hill’s coaches and teammates do enjoy the opportunity to work with him, but he is not sure how he would be described.

“I hope they’d like to think I’m hard-working and unselfish,” Hill said.

When he’s not in the classroom or breaking records on the lacrosse field, Hill has multiple hobbies.

“I love watching sports, especially Philadelphia sports,” Hill said. “I like to just hang out with my buddies.”

Hill also describes himself as a fan of the classic Philadelphia cheesesteak. When the men’s lacrosse team held a scrimmage with cheesesteaks on the line on Wednesday, April 11, Hill found himself on the team that won the cheesesteaks.

“I was pretty excited,” Hill laughingly said. “I was the big winner.”

Following graduation in May, the business administration major would like to follow that path.

“I’m going to try and get an internship this summer and see how that goes,” Hill said. “I’m not really positive on what I want to do yet, but for right now I just want to get my foot in the door and go from there.”

While Hill may be graduating soon, he still wants to continue playing the sport he enjoys.

“I play in a summer league every year, so I’ll probably just continue to do that,” Hill said.

While he still strives to continue with lacrosse, the sport has left him with a lifetime’s worth of memories. However, picking one favorite is difficult for him.

“I have a lot. I would just say being out here with these guys every day,” Hill said. “I’ve met so many people, kids who already graduated, kids on the team now this year. It’s nice getting all of these connections and meeting all of these people.”

Hill has contributed a significant amount to the Cavaliers men’s lacrosse program over the past several of years. It could be considered an understatement that his work ethic will be missed.

“Every team needs guys like Brian, so we’re happy to have him,” Colfer said.

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