Ireton Grad Cunningham to Play Lax at Rhodes College

Ireton Grad Cunningham to Play Lax at Rhodes College

Ireton Grad Cunningham to Play Lax at Rhodes College

Former Bishop Ireton lacrosse player Kendall Cunningham is seen during her junior year in 2013.

Former Bishop Ireton lacrosse player Kendall Cunningham is seen during her junior year in 2013. Gazette Packet file photo

Kendall Cunningham started her high school lacrosse career as a standout freshman at West Potomac. She transferred to Bishop Ireton prior to her sophomore season, and spent the next three years helping the Cardinals become a championship program.

In 2014, Cunningham’s senior season, Bishop Ireton defeated Good Counsel to win the WCAC championship, and beat national power St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes to win the VISAA state title. Cunningham scored three goals during the Cardinals’ 9-7 win over SSSA.

Cunningham, who received WCAC honorable mention as a senior, will continue her lacrosse career at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. She recently participated in a Q&A via email with the Gazette Packet.

*Gazette Packet: What made Rhodes College the right fit for you?

Cunningham: I am very interested in studying abroad, joining a sorority, and playing lacrosse. At Rhodes I can do all of that, where at a D-I school I would be limited to only lacrosse. I also really wanted to go to school down south, and Memphis is a great city with awesome music and food.

*Gazette Packet: What will your major be? What position will you play?

Cunningham: I plan on majoring in business and commerce, and I will be playing attack and some midfield.

Gazette Packet: At what age did you start playing lacrosse? When did you realize playing college lacrosse was a possibility for you?

Cunningham: I started playing lacrosse at 8 years old and I realized in the eighth grade that lacrosse would be something I would like to continue to play after high school.

*Gazette Packet: Ireton won the 2014 WCAC championship game against a Good Counsel team that had beaten you in the tournament final the previous year. What did it feel like to win the WCAC title?

Cunningham: Good Counsel has been a serious rival for us since I transferred. We had a tough in-season game against them and they were expecting to come out on top again during this year’s WCAC championship game. It made the 10-goal victory [17-7] that much sweeter.

*Gazette Packet: The VISAA state title came against national powerhouse and fellow Alexandria school St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. What did it feel like to win the state title?

Cunningham: it really put Bishop Ireton girls’ lax on the map. Scoring three out of the nine goals that day was the best feeling ever, especially after being down 4-0 in the first few minutes. BI lax is now seen as a force to be reckoned with.

*Gazette Packet: You were a standout on the West Potomac lax team as a freshman before transferring to Bishop Ireton. How would you describe the experience of changing schools, including the change from public to private?

Cunningham: It was definitely a big change for me. I was depended on by team a lot more as a freshman. On the Ireton lax team, we all depended on each other equally, and everyone had a job on the team. Transferring from public to private was hard but paid off in the long run.

*Gazette Packet: What is your favorite memory of playing high school lacrosse?

Cunningham: My favorite memory was winning the WCAC and VISAA championships during my senior season.

*Gazette Packet: If you could go back and change one thing about your high school athletic career, what would it be?

Cunningham: There is nothing I would have changed. I had an awesome experience at both West Potomac and Bishop Ireton. I had the best of both worlds.

*Gazette Packet: What are you most looking forward to about the transition from high school to college?

Cunningham: Continuing my athletic and academic success. I am excited to be a part of the Rhodes women's lacrosse team.

*Gazette Packet: What is your favorite food?

Cunningham: Baked ziti.

*Gazette Packet: Who is your favorite music artist? Why?

Cunningham: Arctic Monkeys. They are unique and they have a diverse style of music.

*Gazette Packet: What is your favorite movie? Why?

Cunningham: All of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ movies. I am a big fan of Paul Walker, for obvious reasons.

*Gazette Packet: What is your favorite hobby outside of lacrosse?

Cunningham: Jet skiing and boating at my river house.

*Gazette Packet: What location is the farthest you have traveled from the Washington, D.C. metro area?

Cunningham: Costa Rica.

*Gazette Packet: Are you a pro sports fan? If so, who are your favorite teams?

Cunningham: I am a die-hard Redskins fan. I love football. I also enjoy watching the Capitals and Wizards.