|Hometown:||Chapel Hill, N.C.|
|High School:||East Chapel Hill|
|Major:||Letters & Sciences|
On Mendes: One of the top freshmen midfielders in the country ... will compete for a spot on the first or second midfield lines this season ... has outstanding quickness and the ability to breakdown defenders ... a big-time shot from the outside ... a capable passer ... a potential All-American.
Before Maryland: Selected to the U.S. Under-19 National Team ... two-time US Lacrosse High School All-American ... 2007 Under Armour High School All-American ... the first-ever North Carolina player to play in the Under Armour All-America Classic ... ranked the 12th best freshman midfielder in the nation, according to Inside Lacrosse ... ranked the 32nd overall recruit by Inside Lacrosse ... scored seven goals for the South team at the National Senior Showcase ... two-time team MVP for Coach Frankin Zirkle at East Chapel Hill High School ... three-time all-state and all-conference ... named the 2007 Pac 6 Conference Player of the Year after totaling 112 points on 75 goals and 37 assists ... 56 goals and 52 assists as a junior en route to being named the MVP of the 2006 State Championship game ... totaled 178 goals, 125 assists and more than 300 groundballs during his high school career ... also a three-year letterwinner in soccer ... twice led the team in scoring on the pitch ... two-time team captain and all-conference as a forward.
Personal: Son of Alfredo and Karen Mendes ... brother of Michael, Alex and Emma ... enrolled in the college of letters and sciences.