John ’06, Alex ’08 and Andrew ’12 Pritzlaff

Pritzlaff brothers

Playing Lacrosse on the World Stage

This month Engage is keeping it all in the family, as we catch up with the Pritzlaff brothers: John ’06, Alex ’08 and Andrew ’12. The three brothers are enjoying a special moment in the spotlight together, as they play in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships on the New Zealand National Team. The event is currently taking place in the brothers’ home city, Denver, Colorado, where they all grew up and played lacrosse for the powerhouse program at the prestigious Kent Denver School.“It’s going to be special to have the opportunity to represent our family, especially in Denver, our hometown,” said Alex.

Tigers lacrosse fans know the Pritzlaffs well. All three were impactful players during their respective times at Hampden-Sydney: John and Alex were both two-time All-Americans and Andrew was twice First Team All-Conference.

So how did three guys who grew up in Denver qualify to play for New Zealand’s lax squad? Their late maternal grandfather was a New Zealand citizen, and the country allows four non-passport holding, second-generation relatives to try out for the 27-person roster. Back in January the brothers flew to New Zealand for an intensive 10-day trial and training. All three made the team.

The tournament takes place July 10-20 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, and select games will be broadcast on ESPN, as teams representing 32 different countries compete for the world championship.

“This is special for our family heritage,” John added. “I’m also excited to play on a team with both of my brothers for the first time.”

All three brothers have been training diligently, and while Andrew is recovering from hip surgery that he had last fall, he said he’s ready to play for the stadium crowds.

“We all have different skills, but I’m excited to see how it works out with all of us playing together,” Andrew said.

Since graduation, the Pritzlaffs have been busy in a number of different fields. John lives in Charlottesville, where he now runs his own commercial real estate brokerage company. Alex just moved back to Denver, after spending a number of years in Jackson Hole managing a ski and fly-fishing shop. Andrew is also living in Denver, where he currently works in marketing and game operations for the Major League Lacrosse team the Denver Outlaws.

“The Hampden-Sydney education gives you a broad range of knowledge and ability,” Alex said. “It fosters character development and the drive to be a leader.”

All three brothers appreciated their time on the Hill, and they are looking forward to making their Alma mater proud on the world stage.

“Hampden-Sydney instilled a fire in me that makes me want to work hard,” Andrew said. “That came from the careful attention of my professors, as well as the lacrosse program.”