Sam Cordish, a star high school lacrosse goalie in Baltimore, has committed to play at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sam Cordish has come a long way since he joined the Park School of Baltimore’s lacrosse team as an unassuming freshman more than three years ago.
The 6-foot, 160-pound goalie worked hard to get a chance to showcase his talent, cracking the Bruins’ starting lineup as the No. 1 goalie after playing sparingly his first two seasons.
“To see him kind of go through this journey, it’s been such an interesting time for him,” Park head coach Josh Davey said. “He’s put in a lot of hard work, and he’s really busted his butt to put himself in a great position to play beyond high school.”
In mid-October, Cordish announced his next step, making a commitment to play for the University of Pennsylvania next season.
A touted recruit, Cordish said he held one offer from perennial national title contender Johns Hopkins University and drew interest elsewhere.
Cordish had a good feeling about Penn from the start of the recruiting process with head coach Mike Murphy at the forefront of Cordish’s longing to play for the Quakers.
“Having met with the coaches a few times, I loved them and [they] were definitely people I wanted to play for in college,” Cordish said. “The school itself has great academics, which is something I was looking for when picking a school.”
Cordish, son of The Cordish Company vice president Jonathan Cordish, comes from a bloodline with a longstanding tradition of dominance in the sport.
His grandfather, David Cordish, the company’s CEO and chairman, was a three-year letter player at Johns Hopkins who helped lead the Blue Jays to the 1959 national title.
The Cordish Lacrosse Center, home to the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs at Johns Hopkins, is named after David Cordish, who was the principal donor for the $10 million project.
Sam Cordish’s uncle, who shares the same first name, lined up in between the pipes at Penn and was an All-Ivy League performer.
Last season, Sam Cordish led Park to an 8-5 record, notching a team-high 116 saves to go with 13 grounds. With Cordish serving as the last line of defense, the Bruins defense was one of the best in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, holding six of 13 opponents to five goals.
Davey said Cordish’s work ethic in the weight room and classroom — Cordish is a lacrosse captain and on the school’s mock trial team — have propelled him to provide leadership for Park’s younger players.
“On and off the field, Sam is going to go as far as Sam wants to go,” Davey said. “If he continues to work as hard as I’ve seen him work and put his stamp of approval and hard work on his game, there’s no limit to where he can go.”
Cordish has also actively combined his lacrosse acumen with his Jewish identity. A two-time Maccabi Games participant, Cordish led team Baltimore to a gold medal in the Under-16 seven-on-seven tournament in 2013, the first year lacrosse was a part of the games.
He has also volunteered with Charm City Youth Lacrosse, passing on his lacrosse knowledge to underserved kids in Baltimore City.