With the Gilman Greyhounds (4-7) in the midst of a tough season, senior captain Charlie DeMuth must find new ways to keep the team's morale high.
DeMuth began his lacrosse career at the age of 5, eventually finding his niche as a midfielder. The senior used his talent to make Gilman's varsity squad his sophomore year, helping lead the team to the playoffs in 2013 and 2014.
When not playing for the Greyhounds, DeMuth showcases his talents for his club team, the Baltimore Crabs. The midfielder also coaches an indoor team in Baltimore City.
Off the lacrosse field, DeMuth has spent time on Gilman's football and wrestling teams, while also serving on the student food committee.
DeMuth will finish his senior season with games against Archbishop Spalding May 1 and McDonogh May 5.
Press Box: This has been a tough year for Gilman compared to years past. What has been different about this season?
Charlie DeMuth: We lost [a lot of] seniors last year, so we had a lot of inexperienced kids at the start of the season who were talented, but sat behind a lot of seniors. We have grown up a lot, though, as the season has come along.
PB: What do you like about playing for head coach Brooks Matthews?
CD: He's a really good motivator. He's very well prepared and gets you excited to play. He brings out the best in kids. He's a tough coach. He's tough on his players, but he always has your best interest at heart.
PB: What are your plans for pursuing the sport after graduation?
CD: I am going to Dickinson next year, and I will be on the team there. I committed to Dickinson the spring of junior year.
PB: What is your all-time favorite Gilman lacrosse memory?
CD: Beating Calvert Hall in the [MIAA A Conference] quarterfinals last year was a very memorable game. I also liked the spring-break trips with the team. They were great for building relationships.
PB: On April 14, Gilman lost to Boys' Latin, 9-8, in double overtime. How did the team keep that game close, and what was team morale like after the loss?
CD: Playing Boys' Latin is always a really big game, one we always get excited for. There was a high emotion, and we were really revved up to play that game. .
We thought we played our most complete game of the season after that. We knew we played well, and we knew they played well. We were disappointed we didn't get the win, but it was a good building block for the rest of the season.
PB: As a captain, what strategies do you utilize to help motivate and lead your teammates?
CD: I try to lead by example and be supportive to everyone on the team. Our role has changed throughout the season. Sometimes, it's good to pump the team up or settle them down. It's a really evolving role.