090422 Erick Rudolph - NG

James Neiss/staff photographer Wilson, NY - Wilson Lacrosse player Erick Rudolph.

On the weekends, Erick Rudolph is a racer. During the week, he’s racing past defenders on the lacrosse field.

Somewhere in between, the Wilson junior finds time for family, friends and schoolwork.

“Let’s put it this way, I’m never looking for something to do because there’s always something to be done,” he said with a chuckle this past week.

During a typical week, Rudolph is available to play for the Lakemen Monday through Thursday with Friday and Saturdays dedicated to racing. It’s a big blow to Wilson’s lineup as Rudolph is the team’s leading scorer. That said, the team understands Rudolph’s racing commitments.

“They understand,” Rudolph said of his teammates. “I always ask them at the beginning of the season if it’s OK. The coaches are fully aware of it, too, and they’re very supportive.”

“It’s hard losing him for games on the weekends when he is racing, but we support his racing ambitions fully,” Wilson coach Kris Brayley added, while noting a game earlier in the season when Rudolph had to leave early to catch a flight for a race out of state.

When Rudolph is on the field wearing the black and orange, though, he’s usually lighting the lamp. He’s led the team in scoring for the past three seasons, bringing a unique style of the play to the field as Wilson’s top attackman.

“Rudi is a gamer in every sense of the word,” Brayley said. “If there is a game, ground ball or one-on-one battle with a defenseman, he will face it head on.”

That type of style apparently carries over onto the race track as well.

“I’m always looking to get to the front anyway possible,” Rudolph said. “I like to be the aggressor. You don’t wait for things to happen, you make things happen.”

Now, Rudolph is focused on making things happen for the Lakemen program as it moves toward the middle-portion of its second varsity-level season. Of course, he’s also focused on making the most out of his budding racing career.

“I want to be the best that I can be in both sports,” he said.

Rudolph will race this Friday at Ransomville Speedway with competition in the NASCAR Whelan Modified Series on his schedule throughout the summer.

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