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Chris Rotelli

Chris Rotelli
— Lacrosse player —
Born (1979-12-18) December 18, 1979 (age 36)
Providence, Rhode Island
Position Midfield
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NCAA team University of Virginia
Former MLL teams San Francisco Dragons
Philadelphia Barrage
Boston Cannons
Nationality United States
NLL Draft 57th overall, 2003
Rochester Knighthawks
Pro career 2003present
Nickname Roto

Chris Rotelli (born December 18, 1979) is a professional lacrosse player who had a standout collegiate career at the University of Virginia before going on to the professional ranks in Major League Lacrosse.

High school and collegiate career

A native of Rumford, Rhode Island, Chris Rotelli played high school lacrosse at Moses Brown School, where he was a three-time high school All-American and four-time All-State selection. He then attended the University of Virginia from 2000 to 2003, where he became one of the most decorated midfielders in Cavaliers history. As a senior in 2003, Rotelli helped lead the team to the 2003 NCAA Division I National Championship. He was the team's leading scorer with 49 points and was among the ACC leaders in scoring, goals, and assists. That year, he won the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top college lacrosse player,[1] the McLaughlin Award as the nation's best midfielder, the ACC Player of the Year, and was selected as a First Team All-American by the USILA. In addition, he became the first lacrosse player in history to win the ACC Male Athlete of the Year award (Anthony J. McKevlin Award)[2] and was the first overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

Professional career

Rotelli was drafted first overall in the 2003 Major League Lacrosse college draft by the Bridgeport Barrage. After the 2003 season he was traded to the Boston Cannons where he played during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. When the MLL expanded to include several new teams, he was drafted in the first round (second overall) in the 2006 MLL Expansion Draft by the San Francisco Dragons. In 2006 and 2007, he served as co-captain of the Dragons. The Dragons have since ceased operations, but now he plays for the Chicago Machine.

Rotelli also runs youth instructional lacrosse camps[3] and serves as the Executive Director of Tomahawks Youth Lacrosse Club in Palo Alto, California.[4]

Awards and achievements

  • 3 time Major League Lacrosse All-Star 2005, 2006
  • Number 1 overall pick in 2003 MLL draft
  • San Francisco Dragons Team Co-Captain 2006, 2007
  • Tewaaraton Trophy 2003 - best NCAA lacrosse player
  • ACC Male Athlete of the Year 2003 (Anthony J. McKevlin Award)
  • ACC Player of the Year 2003
  • McLaughlin Award 2003 - nation's top midfielder
  • Member of the NCAA Division 1 Champion University of Virginia team 2003
  • 3 time USILA All-American (Honorable Mention 2001; First Team 2002, 2003)
  • NCAA All-Tournament team 2003
  • 3 time All-ACC
  • ACC All-Tournament team 2003
  • University of Virginia Team Co-Captain 2003
  • ACC Championship 2000, 2003
  • 3 time High School All-American - Moses Brown High School, Rhode Island
Preceded by
Juan Dixon
ACC Male Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Philip Rivers
Preceded by
Michael Powell
Men's Tewaaraton Trophy
Succeeded by
Michael Powell
Preceded by
Kevin Cassese
McLaughlin Award
Succeeded by
Kyle Harrison


University of Virginia

Season GP G A Pts GB
2000 15 7 1 8 18
2001 14 28 7 35 44
2002 15 24 10 34 35
2003 26 23 49
Totals 85 41 126