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by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
WHO HE IS: Yanni Rindler is the starting goalie for the Wootton Patriots, who play in Montgomery County in Maryland. A senior and second-year starter, Rindler is headed to Northwestern University next year, perhaps to play on the club team. He is considering majoring in mechanical engineering. He never played lacrosse until his freshman year when his older brother, Nadav, who was on Wootton's team, got him interested in the sport. The rest is history.
WHAT HE DID: Rindler had 16 saves in a 4-3 victory over a tough Coronado (Calif.) team, which came east to take part in Wootton's annual spring tournament a few weeks ago. The next day, Rindler got 16 saves again to help Wootton to a 9-8 victory over Good Counsel (Md.).The Patriots got a goal with three seconds left to win that game. He's been consistent in goal to help Wootton to a perfect regular season.
WHY WE NOTICED: Wootton is 14-0 and has won the West Region three years in a row. It is looking for the perfect season -- to be capped off with a state title. The Patriots made the state finals in 2007 and lost to Severna Park. Last year, they lost to eventual state champion Dulaney in the state semifinals. The Patriots have a 49-game winning streak against Montgomery County teams, have played solid defense all season, and Rindler has been the backstop for all of that. He's allowed about four goals per game, but knows he'll be tested in the upcoming state and region playoffs.
WHAT HE SAID: "No Montgomery County team has ever won a state championship. It would mean a lot for us to be the first team. We've put in a lot of work year-round. A lot of us are on summer club teams, and we also have teams in the fall and winter leagues. We condition and work out year-round, too. I'm excited. Our team's come a long way from the beginning of the season, and we're starting to play some of our best lacrosse, and this is my last chance to show what I can do and to prove myself."
WHAT'S NEXT: Wootton hosts Bethesda-Chevy in the Class 4A West Region quarterfinals Saturday
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