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Loyola Blakefield Hires Alumnus Ben Rubeor As Team's New Head Coach
A familiar face will return to Loyola Blakefield, as the Dons hired 2004 graduate Ben Rubeor in late August to take over the as the school's head lacrosse coach and assistant director of admissions.
Thirteen-year head coach Jack Crawford resigned in August, forcing the school to find a new leader for its lacrosse program. Rubeor has big shoes to fill, with Crawford having won three titles during his tenure at Loyola.
As a student at Loyola, Rubeor earned the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award, given to the state of Maryland's top high school lacrosse player, and was a two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection. During his senior season, he scored 43 goals and tallied 23 assists.
After graduating from Loyola, Rubeor attended Virginia and was a three-time All-American, helping the team win a national championship in 2006. Rubeor previously worked as the head lacrosse coach at St. Mary's High School for three years.
While at St. Mary's, Rubeor compiled a 29-18 overall record, and this past year, he led the Saints to a 12-6 record and their first championship since 1996. He was also named national Coach of the Year by USA Today.
In 2008, the Long Island Lizards drafted Rubeor, where he played for one season. He now plays for the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
"I can't wait to meet the players, the families, and the coaches and to begin the journey that is the 2016 lacrosse season," Rubeor said in a release by the school. "I love this school. It has done so much for me. There is a lot of work to do, and it begins now."
Six Recent MIAA Graduates Named Top Incoming Freshman By 'Inside Lacrosse'
Just one month into his freshman year at Virginia, Loyola Blakefield alumnus Ryan Conrad has earned the title of No. 1 incoming freshman by Inside Lacrosse.
During his senior season with the Dons, Conrad was named to the All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association first team and held a spot on the 2015 Under Armour All-American team, where he was named MVP of the South-North game. For the season, he registered 33 goals, 24 assists and 87 ground balls.
Five other graduates from MIAA schools joined Conrad on Inside Lacrosse's top-20 incoming freshman list.
Those five were Loyola attackman Patrick Spencer (Boys' Latin), Army goalie A.J. Barretto (St. Paul's), High Point faceoff specialist Alex Woodall (St. Mary's), Pennsylvania attackman Alex Roesner (Loyola Blakefield) and North Carolina attackman Tim Kelly (Calvert Hall).
Johns Hopkins goalie and Landon graduate Hunter Sells also made the list at No. 20. The list featured 100 total freshmen, and 20 hailed from Maryland.
Q&A: Roland Park Senior Midfielder Meghan Quinn
At the age of 4, Meghan Quinn discovered her love for lacrosse, but unlike other girls in her neighborhood, she played against the boys. Quinn played for her uncle's soft stick boys' team until she was old enough to join the Maryland Lacrosse Club's girls' team.
Now a senior Roland Park Country School, Quinn has 14 years of experience under her belt as she prepares for her final season with the Reds. A tall player, Quinn plays center and other wing positions on the midfield.
Quinn played recreation lacrosse through middle school until joining her club team, the Skywalkers. Quinn represented the blue and white every summer for the last seven years.
Quinn has embraced her athletic talents while at Roland Park, serving as a member of the basketball and soccer teams. Next year, Quinn will attend Richmond, where she will compete on the Spiders' lacrosse team.
PressBox: Who is your lacrosse role model? What have you learned from them, and why do you look up to them?
Meghan Quinn: Growing up, Danielle Spencer from Northwestern was definitely my role model. She was extremely tall and amazing at the draw, and I wanted to be just like her when I got older. Her work ethic and talent produced results for her, as she won three national championships in her four years at Northwestern and was named an All-American twice. She was able to do this and maintain her stellar grades, and I aspired to be able to do this, too.
PB: What do you expect from Roland Park during this upcoming season?
MQ: We lost a lot of very talented seniors last year, but so did many other schools in our conference [Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland]. There are some great underclassmen coming into the program and moving up, so I'm looking forward to incorporating them into the team. We will definitely have a young team, but that isn't necessarily a weakness. I think we will be competitive this year, and we are looking to make it back into the championship.
PB: How did you feel about co-coaches Kristin Nicolini and Reagan Koffel resigning? What is the team's morale over new head coach Kim McNemar?
MQ: I have played for Coach Nicolini and Coach Koffel on varsity since I was a freshman, so it will definitely be a tough adjustment to have new coaches for my senior year. I learned a lot from them, and the program was very successful during the time that they coached here. I know some of the people on our team have played for our new coaches during her time as the JV lacrosse coach here, and I have heard great things about her coaching style. I am really excited to be a part of the transition, and I know that other upperclassmen are as well.
PB: What are you most looking forward to in your final season?
MQ: I am really excited about being a leader on my team this year and helping us rebuild and find success. After two close losses in the past two years, I am grateful to have one last opportunity to compete for the championship and see the results of all the hard work we have put in over the past three years.
For more from Quinn, including her take on what sets lacrosse apart from other sports and how the game has helped her off the field, check out the full interview here.
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