Rob Rotanz '08

Fairfield Prep lacrosse took a major step into elite status in Connecticut thanks to the talents of athletes like Rob Rotanz. 

The 6-foot-3, 197-pound midfielder was a part of Prep’s first three Class L state championships in 2006-2008. He compiled career marks of 153 goals and 67 assists, including 51 goals and 18 assists in his senior season, when he was named to the Under Armour All-America team. In fact, the Westport native earned All-America recognition in both his junior and senior seasons. He was named to the all-state and conference teams three times and was selected as a Connecticut Super Junior in 2007. 

Rotanz also scored the game-winning goal in Prep’s four-overtime victory over Norwalk in the 2006 Class L championship game.

He earned a scholarship to Duke University, where he helped the Blue Devils win the 2010 NCAA championship. In 77 career games, he scored 96 points (78 goals and 18 assists, with 8 game-winning goals) and set a school record for goals by a midfielder with 40 in 2012. He had 48 points that season, including three game-winners, was named to the all-ACC team and was selected as a first team All-American. He was an honorable mention All-American in 2011.

Rotanz was the eighth pick in the Major League Lacrosse draft by the Ohio Machine in 2012 and played two seasons, one with Ohio and one with the Rochester Rattlers. In 16 career games he scored 18 goals and had four assists.

In addition to his lacrosse prowess, Rotanz was a two-time letter winner in football for Prep, leading the team in tackles as a safety in 2005.

Rob Rotanz '08 address at Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony