Signing Day spotlight:  Meet El Segundo lacrosse player Nolan Roles

Meet men’s lacrosse midfielder, Nolan James Roles, who signed last week to play lacrosse at Marymount California University.  When I asked Roles about what it was like to participate in signing day last week he told me, “It was a very exciting day and a day to recognize your athletic and academic accomplishments.”

Roles has been playing lacrosse for eight years, having been introduced to the game by Coach Steven Wood his lacrosse coach growing up.

At El Segundo High, Roles has amassed a list of accolades.  A four-year varsity starter since his freshman year, Roles was also team captain his junior and senior year.  Most impressive was being named MVP his senior year. Head Coach Brooks Roscoe tells me that “Nolan Roles is a leader and a super athlete who works hard at upping his game.  His drive will take him far in college lacrosse.”

At ESHSm Roles is not a one-sport athlete. As a golf enthusiast, he was also the founder of El Segundo High’s Golf Club.  And, as a varsity football player, his fondest memory of high school sports was “traveling to Nordhoff  as a part of the 2013 CIF finalist varsity football team.”

Marymount California University is an independent, Catholic college offering a liberal arts program.  Nicknamed the Mariners, they are a part of the NAIA and compete in the California Pacific Conference. I can hardly imagine a prettier location, as Marymount California is situated along the coastline of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Roles tells me that he chose Marymount California because it “fit me very well and is close to home so my parents can see me play on occasion.”  He continues to say that there were “lots of ups and downs throughout the entire recruiting process, but I kept my head up and persevered.” 

At Marymount California, Roles plans to study psychology or liberal arts.  He looks forward to having a “fun college experience and the opportunity to play sports at the next level with one of my El Segundo teammates [Jake Barone].” After Marymount, Roles plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist or marine biologist.  

So, I would like to extend congratulations to El Segundo Eagle Nolan Roles, we look forward to watching you soar!

—Cece Jane