The San Jose Stealth’s Paul Rabil was spotted at Santa Clara University on January 8th working out with the Men’s Club Lacrosse team.
Head coach Gary Podesta had set up this clinic with Rabil in hopes of it getting his team serious about the upcoming season.
“We asked what it takes to on an individual basis for a college program to go to the next level and who better at that than Paul with all that he has accomplished over the last four years at John Hopkins,” Podesta said.
This is Rabil’s first season in the indoor league. He was with the Boston Cannons of the Major Lacrosse League for the 2008 season after being first overall in the Collegiate Draft. He was acquired by the Stealth in the first round (second overall) in the 2008 NLL entry draft.
“First of all the boys were a little impressed to have someone of his stature out to our practice. A lot of the rookies were just in aw to see him there,” Podesta said.
Rabil was a midfielder at Johns Hopkins University and during his time there he earned First Team STX/USILA All-America honors all four years, and had 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points in 10 NCAA tournament games. Overall he scored 75 goals and 53 assists for 128 points in his career.
“The guys were definitely fired up about the season. They were all geared up for practice during the BCS National Championship Game!! With that kind of effort, you’re headed in the right direction,” Rabil said.
Rabil spent some time talking with the Broncos and then giving the team a shooting demonstration. Shooting has been a focus of the Santa Clara team since they came back to campus.
“We put offense aside forty minutes a day,” Podesta said. “We have a game the first day of February instead of the third week of February we kind of cut ourselves short of a couple weeks of practice so I think Paul brought in some extra motivation to get the ball rolling and the process going a little quicker.”
Rabil said his favorite part of the clinic was “getting to shoot on a 6X6 cage again,” and he might have enjoyed it just a little too much.
“During the shooting demonstration all the boys thought I was going to have a heart attack because I had just finished stringing two brand new nets on the practice goal,” Podesta said. “Here comes Paul maybe 15 feet away shooting as hard as he can, I’m thinking that my nets are going to be torn to shreds on the second day they had been up on the poles.”
This was Rabil’s first community appearance since joining the Stealth and found it very rewarding experience for him and the team.
“Anytime I can get the chance to talk to other people who are eager to learn, it's an awesome opportunity. More times than not, I get more out of it than they do,” Rabil said. “Continually having to remind the kids to work hard and practice is reinforcement for me to get out there and refocus as well.”
You can see Paul Rabil and the rest of the San Jose Stealth at the HP Pavilion on January 18 as they take on the Rochester Knighthawks. Tickets are available by calling 877 MY-SJ-TIX or at Ticketmaster.com.