Elena Torres Commits to Drexel

Foothill girls lacrosse junior standout Elena Torres announced last Friday that she has committed to study and play Division 1 lacrosse at Drexel University.

“I wanted to commit to Drexel because of the coaches and team atmosphere”, Torres said. “Everyone I spoke with was so welcoming and friendly to me. Another reason is their academics, they offer a co-op program that really spiked my interest,”

Torres was also a fan of the campus atmosphere and the Drexel’s Philadelphia location.

“The campus is all super close together and right next to the city! I am really excited to experience something new from [Orange County],” Torres said.

Torres finished her freshman season with 20 goals and 16 assists for the Knights, helping them reach the County championship match and finish 17-2 on the year. She has continued to grow as a player and a leader since.

“It has been a pleasure to watch Elena grow to the player she has become!” Foothill coach Cristina Johnson said. She has always been talented but over the past 3 years I have gotten to see her grow into her role in the field and with our program. She’s gained so much confidence, sharpened her craft and has so much to offer.

Torres was torrid in her sophomore campaign. She was averaging three goals per game and helped lead the Knights to a 4-0 start and a No.1 ranking in the CIF-SS girls lacrosse division 1 polls before the coronavirus pandemic abruptly ended the season.

“She has grown into a very important leadership role on our team. Although she is not a captain, she is still very much a leader on our team. When she was a freshman she was much more timid and quiet. Now, in year 3, that has changed tremendously. She communicates effectively and respectfully with her teammates on and off the field. Her teammates listen to her and respect her more each year. She proves her worth every day and shows that she cares about the players she is with on the field in every way. She has become such a well rounded team player that we value very much,” Johnson said.

Torres thanks Johnson along with her family, teammates, Jon Fox, Nick Tintle and Lauren Ciccomascolo for helping her become the player that she currently is.

“I am so thankful for each and every coach who has helped develop me into the player I am today,”

Last year, Drexel went 5-2 before the pandemic ended the season.

Teran Rodriguez
Teran Rodriguez has been a member of the MaxLax family for three years (going on four).