Adam Charalambides Reveals Himself As a Box Lacrosse Player
Adam Charalambides hasn’t played box lacrosse since leading Orangeville to win the Minto Cup in 2016. Yet he found a way to use his injury-ravaged legs, combined with his new passion, to reinvent himself as a player.
Vancouver Warriors selected left-handed attacker from Georgetown, Ontario with the fourth overall selection in this year’s draft.
Early Life and Education
Adam Charalambides had an uncommon college lacrosse career. A 25-year-old left-handed scoring forward from Georgetown, Ontario spent seven seasons at Rutgers University courtesy of three medical redshirt seasons before being selected by Vancouver Warriors with the fourth overall pick at 2021 NLL Draft.
Charalambides was introduced to both defensive and offensive middie positions through coach Jules Heningburg at Rutgers. Additionally, GOATA taught him how to run better and move more freely on the field.
Heningburg moved Charalambides from defense to attack as his freshman season progressed, in order to increase his involvement with the offense and score more goals and assists. Over his first two campaigns as part of Heningburg’s Scarlet Knights squad, Charalambides scored 35 goals and 16 assists – becoming an integral component of Kieran Mullins and Kieran Mullins’ top-10 offense.
Few were expecting the Warriors to select a left-footed midfielder as their fourth overall pick, yet they did just that and are thrilled about it. Georgetown, Ontario native Patrick Conroy could become an important asset on defense this season for them.
Charalambides suffered an ACL tear in one knee while pushing hard against a defender during a preseason drill, effectively sidelining him for the remainder of the year and devastating Rutgers team which had hopes for an NCAA Tournament run.
He made it through this dark time with the support of family and roommates, who helped with daily tasks like putting on socks or getting up from bed. These two years gave him invaluable experience and clarity – now he is back playing at an elite level.
Achievement and Honors
Adam Charalambides made history during his collegiate debut when he scored six goals against Rutgers men’s lacrosse since 1984. Since then, he has led the Big Ten in goals scored during their 8-2 start.
At an offensive drill during preseason practice in 2017, Charalambides came into contact with a defender and heard “a pop” in his left knee – only to tear his ACL once more and miss the entire season for the second time in his career.
He returned for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, playing 21 games but feeling physically limited. To prolong his career he started researching ways to move more ergonomically and healthily while changing his body weight to reduce the wear-and-tear on his knees.
Adam Charalambides stands out as an unlikely National Lacrosse League rookie. At 25-years-old and as an eighth-year senior at Rutgers, Charalambides is treated like an elder statesman among his Scarlet Knight teammates – hearing constant “old man” jokes at practice, locker room sessions and weight room workouts.
He was set for an outstanding sophomore campaign in 2016 when he tore one of his ACLs, sidelining him for two years and leaving him confined to full load management each spring – restricting himself according to what his knees could handle. He returned for 2019 and 2020 seasons but with limited activity due to “full load management”.
Kieran Mullins and Jules Heningburg will likely join him this season on the Scarlet Knights’ top-ranked attack unit, thus expediting his recovery process.
According to various online sources, Writer Adam Charalambides reportedly has an estimated net worth between $1-5 Million. He earned this fortune through writing professionally while maintaining a private life away from public scrutiny.
He acknowledges his rehabilitation journey was difficult at times, yet believes it opened doors to experience and clarity as well as sparking his passion for personal training.
Charalambides was welcomed onto the Vancouver Warriors team by veterans like Mitch Jones and Logan Schuss immediately upon being selected, who offered encouragement for hard work. Charalambides hopes to take full advantage of his opportunity with them; his hard work could pay dividends for them both individually as well as collectively.