Robertson Brothers Carrying on Family Lacrosse Tradition

By: Lindsay Joy Email
By: Lindsay Joy Email

The Robertson family already has two Division-I lacrosse players in it, with the oldest, Matt, being a goalie and Virginia and younger brother Ian playing on attack at Maryland. In a few years, there will be two more Robertsons carrying on the family tradition.

St. Anne's-Belfield sophomore attacker Phillip Robertson is verbally committed to North Carolina, while freshman attacker Joe, the youngest of the family, is verbally committed to Johns Hopkins.

"We looked at a bunch of different schools. We looked at a couple together," Joe said. "Ultimately, I think we kind of both want to do different things in college. I think Johns Hopkins academically fit me better, and UNC for Phillip definitely is a perfect school for him."

Thanks to their older brothers, lacrosse was a way of life for the two younger Robertsons while growing up in Salem, Va.

"I think I first started organized games when I was in kindergarten, I think like 5 years old," says Phillip. "We didn't really have teams then, so I was playing with my older brothers and one was in fifth grade, so I was the little kid out there just running around."

Out of the four boys, the three youngest all play on attack while the oldest is a goalie.

"I mean it's tough to get it in the cage on him, but he's a good goalie," Joe says of the family's practice sessions with Matt in the cage. "Ian will teach us moves, Matt will show us drills that UVa does. We'll all be out there shooting together, and it really improves our game."

Having two Division-I lacrosse players as older brothers has helped Joe and Phillip sharpen their skills at a young age, and it's also motivated them to replicate that success.

"There's always competitions with four boys in the house," says Phillip. "I try and outdo them a little bit, which is really hard though, with some of the accomplishments they've made."

"You're always on the move trying to watch the next game," Joe says of the family's hectic schedule. "Whether it's trying to watch one of [Phillip's] club games or going to see the two other ones in college. Little bit of stress being the youngest one when they're making their decisions everywhere, so I'm just glad I got everything done."

With Joe's verbal commitment to Johns Hopkins and Phillip's verbal to UNC all wrapped up, the two are focused on having strong careers at STAB. They're also looking forward to facing off against each other for the first time ever in different uniforms a few years down the road.

"We've always been on the same team and it's always kind of been like brother-to-brother just kind of playing with each other," Phillip said. "It'll be interesting when we go up to college, being able to play against each other."

Though the four boys won't all be in college at the same time, they will have all played at four of the top lacrosse schools in the country. As the two youngest Robertsons enjoy their high school careers and get ready for college, they're proud to be carrying on the family tradition.

"Just growing up somewhere where lacrosse is not a big sport at all, you have to work for everything you get," said Joe. "You take pride in what you can get, but also stay humble with it."

"There's definitely a lot of pride," added Phillip. "A little bit of pressure too, like a lot of pressure, because you know we want to try and do our best. We do it for ourselves, but also for other people who have really motivated us."


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