Tim Keith shifts his weight from side to side about 20 feet to the left of the goal. He watches his teammates flick the ball back and forth, waiting for a break in the defense. The game clock ticks down to 10 seconds left in the overtime quarter of the Landmark Conference Lacrosse Championship. Keith calls for the ball.
“Seven seconds!” someone in the crowd shouts.
Keith streaks toward the goal, bull dodging his defender. He swings his stick low, confusing the goalie, and then slams the ball overhead with only 3.1 seconds to go.
“I never would have attempted the shot in a normal game, but there were only 10 seconds left and it was for the championship so I just did it,” said Keith.
Keith’s aim was true. The Cardinals sprinted up the field, flinging their gear into the air with wild screams of victory. They had just won their second conference championship in two years.
“It was the most amazing feeling of my life,” said Keith. “I mean, we won and I’m out there on the field with all these guys who are my best friends. Can’t be beat.”
Keith was named a 2016 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All American Athlete for his excellence both on and off the field. When he isn’t doing drills in the Raymond A. Dufour Athletic Center, he’s in Pangborn Hall working toward his degree in biomedical engineering. Keith carries a 3.75 GPA and is a consistent honor roll student. After graduation, he wants to design prosthetics for veterans returning home from war.
“As a biomedical engineer you get to have an immediate impact in someone’s everyday life. It’s really rewarding,” said Keith.
Keith’s desire to serve others in his career has also shaped the way he spends his free time. In addition to participating in campus-sponsored service events like the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, he also teaches after-school lacrosse at an elementary school in northwest Washington D.C. every week. Keith says he enjoys doing service because it helps him to keep an open mind.
“The best part about service is all the different people you meet. I love hearing all these new perspectives. I don’t have to agree with everyone, but I think it’s good to hear how other people think and to listen to what is important to them,” he said.
Keith says he was attracted to the University because it fit all of his criteria for a great school.
“At Catholic University I get to play lacrosse with a bunch of amazing people and I get to live in a city that is full of opportunity, but on campus that is all green and quiet. It’s a pretty good deal.”