By Charles Kruzits
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/17/13
A once unthinkable, unreachable goal sat in his sights. His time as the face-of-the-program for the UMBC’s men’s lacrosse team was over and Brendan Mundorf wasn’t sure what opportunities lay ahead, then his phone rang.
It was Jarred Testa, his former coach at UMBC who was then coach for the Major League Lacrosse’s Denver Outlaws.
“Jarred called me and said he was going to draft me,” Mundorf said.
There was one major issue preventing that from happening. Mundorf hadn’t registered for the draft nor had knowledge on how to do so. With help from Testa, Mundorf registered for the draft and was selected by the Outlaws.
“I was excited,” Mundorf said of being drafted. “I was watching on the TV and saw my name come across the screen. I was ready for the opportunity to play against the best in the world.”
Flash forward years later and the Mount St. Joseph (MD) graduate is coming off his finest season as a professional and in turn was rewarded the 2012 MLL MVP.
Along with the hardware, Mundorf has received notice from companies such as Warrior, STX, and his newest endorsement, Rockin’ Refuel.
“We (Rockin’ Refuel) partnered with the 2012 MLL MVP because he is one of the top lacrosse players in the country,” said Blake Atkinson, a brand manager at Shamrock Farms. “Brendan is a trusted influencer among his teammates as well as the youth lacrosse players he coaches.”
Mundorf joins the likes of NFL running back Peyton Hillis, NBA highlight reel DeAndre Jordan and workout-warrior, tri-athlete T.J. Tollakson under the Rockin’ Refuel umbrella.
“This opportunity with Rockin’ Refuel has allowed me to use my name in the sport of lacrosse to help grow a brand while also providing myself with a great product that will help me strengthen my body and recover from workouts,” Mundorf said.
Refuel prides itself with providing athletes a superior product that’s made with real milk and natural protein while providing the muscle recovery needed to be at the top of your game.
Atkinson stated, “Similar to the other athletes, Brendan has established himself as one of the elite players in his sport. All three athletes are not only known for the sport they play, but their strict workout regimens to prepare for their respective seasons.”
Before the photo shoots and autograph sessions, Mundorf vividly remembers his time playing for MSJ and the bus rides to play Boys’ Latin and Cardinal Gibbons among the other stiff competitors in the MIAA. Little did he know that the sport would be his full-time profession?
This Friday, Mundorf will be on hand at Towson Stadium tonight to watch the MIAA Championships to take in the next talented batch to come through the Baltimore ranks.
Once in their shoes, the Ellicott City native cannot stress enough how important it is to take advantage of every opportunity you can get.
“You need to set expectations and work hard to achieve those goals,” Mundorf said. “While at (MSJ) there were times that I didn’t score enough points or win as many games but I kept at it and didn’t accept failure. It’s the players that don’t accept failure that will reach the most success.”
Through his endorsement with Rockin’ Refuel, Mundorf is hoping younger players will take notice and understand how important it is to provide your body with the essential nutrients while also understanding how important it is to never quit.
“It’s an honor to be involved with companies like Rockin’ Refuel and I hope other players will follow. In High School I remember watching a professional all-star game at UMBC and thinking how talented and fast the players were. I remember my Uncle Matt asking me if I thought I could play at that level and I said yes.”
The once undersized and overlooked lacrosse player from MSJ has one of the biggest endorsements in the world of lacrosse and is on the forefront of the fastest growing sport in the country.
As his expectations rose, so did his work ethic and the realization that he has reached the pinnacle of his ability while following through with his testament to his Uncle that he could play with the best of the best.