Tej Gadhavi

2023 | CA: Laguna Niguel
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Versatile skillset, high lacrosse IQ, coachable, multi-sport athlete (club and HS ice hockey), team player - reads offensive schemes well, can execute the game plan under pressure, great field communication

Born and raised in New Jersey, I began playing lacrosse and ice hockey at the age of 4. We moved to California in the 7th grade and I worked hard to reestablish myself on the West coast. I was fortunate to have played for SoCal Express, Pride Lacrosse and now with California Gold and West Coast Starz. I am a starting Varsity player on the Mater Dei High School team for all three years. Our team was 17-4 for the 2022 season and we won the Trinity League title again.

In the summer of 2021, I attended 3 showcase events: GFW, Apex 60 and Under Armour. I received an All Star Honorable mention from GFW in NJ, was named to the Under Armour Spotlight all tournament team. This summer of 2022, I will be at Blakcard in DE, Maverik Showtime in NJ and Under Armour again in MD, as well as several tournaments for Cali Gold and West Coast Starz.

In August I will be representing my grandmother's home country of Uganda at the U21 World Championship in Ireland. We first travel to Kampala, Uganda for training camp, then off to Ireland for the tournament. I could not be more proud or excited.

In my sophomore year, I took AP European History and as a Junior, I am currently taking AP US History and AP Literature as well as Honors Spanish III. I am very involved with my high school's Model United Nations program. Last year we traveled to York, England in February 2020 just before COVID to compete internationally. I was a Student Advisor last year and this year took on a bigger role as Secretary. During the summer of 2020, I volunteered and created camp experiences for young children who were home during the pandemic. I have over 106 service hours to date.

Named sole captain of my Mater Dei Ice Hockey team as a Junior. I recently took up golf and now that I am living on the west coast, my close friend is giving me sailing lessons.

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Honors & Awards:
2022 2nd Team All Trinity League
2022 Led the league in scoring by defensemen
2022 2nd in league in ground balls and take aways
2022/2023 Nike Boys Philly Showcase Manney's Men - Defense
2021 NXT Nike Philly Showcase - All Star team
2021 Under Armour Spotlight Division - All Tournament Team
2021 Go Fight Win Showcase - All Star Honorable Mention
2021 Invitee to Apex 60 Summer Finale Showcase
2020 All League Box Defenseman
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Other HS Sports Played:
Captain - Varsity Ice Hockey for Mater Dei High School (Junior)
Play 2 Sports In College?
Relevant Lacrosse Accolades:
3 year Starting Varsity Defenseman 2022 2nd team All Trinity League Key contributor to 2021 and 2022 Trinity League Championships, 1st time in Mater Dei history

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Coach Contacts
High School:
Mater Dei High School
Johnny Rodriguez
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California Gold LC
Knute Kraus
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Mater Dei HS Varsity Lacrosse
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California Gold (2023)
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West Coast Starz
Jono Zissi
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GPA (unweighted):
97-100; 4.0; A+
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Lucas Romero

Oct 26, 2021

Tej is invaluable to the Mater Dei ice hockey program. He is an extremely hard working and attentive player, who’s work ethic and leader ship qualities are constantly on display. He is an aggressive, physical defenseman who’s presence as captain commands respect from players in our locker room and throughout the league. He is a natural leader, who takes pride in challenging our group to be their best each and every time we hit the ice. He is the type of player and captain every coach wants to have.

Johnny Rodriguez

Aug 17, 2021

Tej is a big body defensemen with a great stick, athleticism, and work ethic. He has been a starter at Mater Dei HS since his freshman year and has been under the wing of several talented and cerebral defensemen over the previous 2 seasons.Tej is now becoming a leader of one of the top defenses in California as he enters his Junior year. His love for the game and his teammates will ensure continued growth for himself and the guys around him for years to come.

Joe Seider

Aug 16, 2021

Tej is a very technical and sound defenseman. His lacrosse IQ is outstanding, he is very receptive to constructive criticism and applies it to his game. He has the ability to dictate where the offensive player goes and has the skill to be a take away defender without giving up position. His stickwork is above average for a player his age and he is a vacuum off the ground. Tej is the definition of a coachable player, with his natural skill and his work ethic to be better, the sky is truly the limit for him and his lacrosse career.

Jon Fox

Aug 5, 2021

Tej has shown constant improvement as an athlete and a player. He listens to the coaching and works to make the adjustments. He has good size with room to fill out and he plays tough. His second sport of hockey has helped him grind on the gb's and helped him be spatially aware in holding his positioning and angles.

Knute Kraus

Jul 19, 2021

Tej is a cerebral defenseman who really understands when and where he needs to be on the field. He uses his size and athleticism to set himself up for success when he is defending the ball. His stick skills allow him to be creative in his approach to the game and adds an extra element to clearing the ball. Overall, Tej is a coaches dream in his approach and work ethic towards lacrosse and the way he always pushes himself to become a better player!

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