Senior Axelrod commits to play collegiate lacrosse
Hastings senior Jaden Axelrod was the only Raider athlete to participate in the spring national signing day on Wednesday, April 11. Axelrod committed to playing lacrosse at the University of Providence (formerly the University of Great Falls) in Montana, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school located in Great Falls, Mont.
Axelrod enters his fourth year as the Raiders boys lacrosse team's varsity goalie this spring. He was a multi-sport athlete until head injuries got in the way, which is when he found a role as a lacrosse goalie and has been going strong ever since.
Hastings boys' lacrosse head coach Brady Wasvick had nothing but praise for Axelrod.
"He's done a great job, he's a hard worker, he's a bright kid and is always listening and he's coachable," he said. "For him to have sports taken away like he did because of the concussions, and then find an outlet like lacrosse just fills my heart, makes me feel super happy. I'm proud to know ya (Axelrod), I'm proud to have worked with you for all these years and you're going to do some exciting stuff in the future."
Axelrod said he was part of a recruiting program and that the University of Providence (whose mascot is the Argos) reached out to him.
"I went out and visited the college, there's only like 1,000 kids who go there and there's just a real homey feel and I fell in love with the campus," he said.
As he commits to playing several more years of lacrosse, Axelrod said that he most enjoys the sport's camaraderie and how it keeps him outdoors. He is looking forward to getting to know his teachers, and as for the lacrosse, said that it will be "really competitive" and that it will also allow him to travel throughout the North and Northwest.
The Argos' men's lacrosse team is currently 3-7 overall and competes in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL), while other sports are a part of the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC). The team's colors are a darker blue and neon green similar to the Seattle Seahawks color scheme.