Zack Ruettgers Indy Lacrosse athlete signs with University of Mount Olive

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Zack Ruettgers signed a commitment letter to the University of Mount Olive to become a student athlete for their Division II lacrosse program.  Zack also plans on majoring in sports communications at the university.  He was the Captain of the Independence lacrosse team his senior year leading the team defensively and offensively.  When Zack was a freshman he was named rookie player of year, and as a junior he was selected the defensive player of the year at Independence.

Indy Principle Legrand and Zack.

Zack’s statistics include Goals 25, SOG 69, P/G 1.5, Shot % .348, Assists 1.  Defensively he lead the team with aggressive and competitive play.  He has good speed, agility, including both mental and physical toughness.



What motivates him is his desire to give it his best effort every time he walks on to the field of play.  I enjoy the competition, the high energy level, the contact, and the mental side of the game as it pertains to strategy,” said Zack.  “His siblings brother Nick and sister Taylor always keep him going, they will practice with him, they will push me to get better, they have played an important role in improving my game along with the coaches and my teammates,” Zack added.

My parents have always given me support along with some good advice.  Their guidance and direction have been invaluable.  Meanwhile, additional support from my grandfather has  been special too.

Zack with mom and dad.

Zack really is looking forward to attending the University of Mount Olive in the fall.  It’s not a big school where a student can feel lost.  He likes the small school environment, this is where he is most comfortable, and he enjoyed his discussions with the lacrosse coaches on campus.  The coach took the time to explain how I can fit into their program, what would be expected of me, how I can make a contribution while developing into a better player.  “This factor was important to me as the coaches made me feel wanted and comfortable,” said Zack.

His advice to underclassman is to keep working hard, never give up, and always give it your best effort.  You owe it to yourself, teammates, and coaches.

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