2020 Senior Spotlight: Sam Cardosi, Co-Captain

by Doug Bailey

Player-Yr

Season Results 

POS

GP

G

A

PTS

Shots

GB's

FO Win

FO Loss

Sam Cardosi











2020

Season Ends Prematurely

D

7

0

0

0

0

11



2019

District 23 Champion

D

19

0

0

0

0

26



2018

District 23 Champion

D

10

0

0

0

2

17



2017

District 23 Champion

D

12

0

0

0

0

2






48

0

0

0

2

56



Awards











2020











2019

1st Team All Florida Southern Region,

District 23- 1st Team- Defense,

SES MVP-Defense










2018

District 23 Honorable Mention- Defense










2017











Coach Bailey:  2020 Sam Cardosi #20 Defense, Captain Varsity career: We leaned on Sam's ability on & off ball, he's grown tremendously in hisphysical presence; he is our hammer & anvil, and no one ever got to our goal without knowing Sam!  A great mentor for our young defenders and seriously, just a great person!  He would do anything to help his team and teammates.  For more on Sam being named 2020 co-captain and his college choice, go here:  http://steds.lacrosseshift.com/news/2020-sam-cardosi-co-captain

Coach Keating: #20 Sam Cardosi - from the silent freshman fighting for time on the field his freshman year to being a positive leader of our defense his senior year willing to take on any assignment, willing to risk failure for his team - it was an honor working with you and I will miss you.

Coach O’Brien:  Sam follows direction well. Always positive, a good leader, plays D hard and doesn’t back down to anyone. Another great addition to FIT.

Coach Wolcott:  In my mind I called Sam our “defensive rock”.  A player who you could count on to be there at all times and give a 110%. It was a joy to see when that ignition system in Sam was started, no attack man was going to be standing after the they got a shot the off. Being the “rock” was instrumental in coaching our less experienced defenseman on where and where they should be, and when to slide.  That peer on & off field coaching brought these players up to a level to where they could be valuable and contribute when we needed them.

Mom & Dad Cardosi:  From the first day you took the field you showed us a side of you that we learned so much from. Lacrosse transforms you from this laid back, soft spoken, gentle kid to a hard hitting, team player. You were asked to hold back that football mindset the first few years but you never did and continued to push forward. Your friends motivated you from day one on the field, but your heart navigated you until the end. You left them and took a road to Saint Ed’s that so many thought was the wrong turn. We are so thankful to that special person that saw something in you that knew this change would be for the best. You spent two years of riding a bumpy, hot bus and two years of driving in the early morning darkness after extremely late nights of homework, all for a sport you love.  You pushed yourself academically when it was difficult and on the field the coaches pushed you beyond yourself. Saint Edward’s coaches have been amazing and have taught you many aspects about playing lacrosse, leadership and having a thick skin but in the end what we are most proud of the man you have become always staying  true to yourself, allowing yourself to become the such an amazing man of compassion,  generosity, dignity and respect. You are an example of what lacrosse has been to you, your vessel that navigated you for so many years and now onto college; but in the end your heart and determination will get you to the next stepping stone of life. Your determination to be great and to do great shines on and off the field.

Sam’s words:

Favorite SES Boys Lacrosse moment(s) during your tenure:

Beating Martin county three years in a row, winning districts.

One thing you are very proud of that you brought to your team as a player and/or person throughout your HS Lacrosse career: 

I am proud of being a leader when the team needed it most and helping the younger or less experienced players

A lacrosse moment you or team moment you will never forget!

Coming back from 6 goals behind at half time and winning during the district championship my freshmen year.

College you will be attending in Fall, or your next step in life toward your career goals:

Florida Tech

Gratitudes:

I want to thank all of the coaches that got me to where I am today. Especially, Coach Bailey and all others on the St. Edwards coaching staff for always encouraging and challenging me to reach my maximum potential.  Thank you to my teammates for always having my back and motivating me.  Finally, I would like to express my gratitude towards my biggest fans, my family. For years of driving me to tournaments, giving me the best opportunities to succeed, and showing endless support in the sport I love.