Johns Hopkins sophomore attackman Ryan Brown is coming off a career day. He netted a personal-best four goals to go along with a pair of assists during the Blue Jays' 15-8 victory against Towson Feb. 15.
A Sykesville resident, Brown led Calvert Hall to the MIAA A championship as a senior in 2012, earning Under Armor All-America honors along the way. Brown, who could play a significant role in helping Johns Hopkins back to the NCAA tournament, talked to the Lacrosse Report entering the Blue Jays' Feb. 22 game against Michigan.
Lacrosse Report: The team is 2-0. What's working well right now?
Ryan Brown: Offensively, we are playing well together. Drew Kennedy has been doing a great job at the faceoff X, which has helped us with possession time. On the defensive end, Eric Schneider is playing very well in goal, and the entire defense is working well as a unit.
LR: Was it difficult to come down off the three-overtime win against Ohio State Feb. 9 to prepare for Towson?
RB: The Ohio State game was very exciting, but we were able to get back to work the following Tuesday and focus on Towson.
LR: What's it like playing with a feeder such as junior attackman Wells Stanwick, and how quickly can he get you the ball, even when you may be covered?
RB: It's always nice to play with a complete player such as Wells. He rarely misses anyone; if you're open, he will find you.
LR: Did you watch the NCAA tournament last year? And if so, how did it feel?
RB: I did watch the NCAA tournament last year. It's never easy being on the outside looking in, but it provided motivation heading into the offseason.
LR: How is this year's team different from last year's?
RB: With the graduation of such a talented senior class, we had to change ourselves. The new offense coach [Bobby] Benson has implemented has been working well. I'm excited with where we are headed.
LR: What do you know about Michigan?
RB: Michigan is a good team. They are coming off a big win last week over Mercer. We are preparing diligently for them and can't wait for Saturday.