You might say that for Isaiah Blomgren, lacrosse is in his blood.
Blomgren is of Native American ancestry, so it seems natural and appropriate that his sport of choice is a traditional Native American game.
An outstanding prep player at Petaluma High School, Blomgren is ready to take the next step, signing a Letter of Intent last week to continue his sport and lacrosse at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Mount St. Mary’s is a private Catholic College of just over 2,000 students located in the heart of lacrosse country on the East Coast.
Blomgren said he initially became interested in Mount St. Mary’s because they reached out to him. A visit to the campus sealed the deal so far as he was concerned.
“I was impressed with the social atmosphere on the campus,” Blomgren said. “And I liked the coaches — I liked the style of play they taught. It seemed to fit my style of play.”
He noted that his academic plans are also compatible with what he will leartn at St. Mary’s.
“I want to major in computer science and St. Mary’s is one of the top 25 colleges in the nation for computer science,” he explained.
Lacrosse might be the sport of his ancestors, but Blomgren learned how to play in Petaluma, where he took up the game as a 10-year-old in the Petaluma River Cat youth lacrosse organization, played club lacrosse for Petaluma High and played on the first official Petaluma High School team.
He credits much of his success to Panchito Ojeda, Sonoma State university head coach and founder of 101 Lacrosse. “He has been teaching me about the game since the seventh grade,” Blomgren said.
Lacrosse is Blomgren’s chosen sport, but he also enjoys and is very good at football.
He was recently chosen to the All-Sonoma County League first-team offensive team after leading the Trojans in receiving with 14 receptions for 280 yards and three touchdowns, including one catch for 72 yards.
But football is now in Blomgren’s memory bank. Now it is strictly lacrosse, starting with one more high school season and then off to Mount St. Mary’s.
“He will be playing against some of the best teams in the country, but that’s what he wants,” his father, Carl, says.
Blomgren is the son of Carl and Peggy Blomgren.