Donald “Hannibal” Roda
Junior attackman Donald Roda, better known by his teammates and friends as Hannibal, is an integral part of Lacrosse at Michigan- Dearborn. As a junior starting attackman for the 2016 season, Roda leads the team with 8 assists and has worked in sync with Brendan Salva up front to score a combined 43 goals (Salva-22, Roda-21).
When talking with Roda, it’s easy to see that he’s all about the team. During spring break, the team traveled to Tennessee Wesleyan as underdogs. Roda left Athens with 4 goals, 3 assists, and a Friday win against the Bulldogs. Roda complimented his team saying it was “the best game we’ve had all year.”
Hannibal has lofty goals that he plans to reach in similar fashion to that of his college sports career. Roda studies English and History in hopes of going to the highly regarded School of Law at William & Mary. When asked what his plans were after law school, Roda looks to work in special education law- a dream sprouted from working with Special Olympics athletes since high school. “It’s eye-opening, it makes you really appreciate everything you have,” says Roda.
The University of Michigan- Dearborn Athletics & Recreation Department is proud to add Hannibal to the list of Wolverines in the Spotlight.
The University of Michigan- Dearborn Lacrosse team competes in the Wolverine- Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), a foundation focused on the high ideals of athletics as part of the total educational process.