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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 41

January 27, 2016

PressBox's high school lacrosse e-mail by Todd Karpovich brings you all the best in local lacrosse -- boys and girls, private and public schools, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Check it out, pass it on and tell us what you think

Top Maryland Players Part Of Major Recruiting Showcase In Florida

Players from Maryland were well represented at the first National Lacrosse Federation Futures Showcase at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., that featured some of the top college prospects in the nation. 

There were 38 local athletes who were among 400 high school lacrosse players ranked as the best in the classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021. In addition, more than 40 club programs participated in the showcase from 24 states, including the Baltimore Crabs. 

"The lineup of players and coaches we have is truly world class," NLF director Sean Morris said. "We were blown away by the response of players interested in participating in this first-year event, and NLF can't wait to watch as our elite coaches and pros instruct and improve these talented recruits."

The top 120 players in the class of 2019 will play in another showcase at Boys' Latin June 28-30. 

Several professional players with local ties served as coaches at the showcase, including Ryan Boyle (Gilman, Princeton), Joe Fletcher (Loyola University Maryland), Kyle Hartzell (Archbishop Curley, CCBC-Essex, Salisbury), Mike Chanenchuk (Maryland) and Scott Ratliff (Loyola University Maryland). 

The showcase was also a prime event for recruiting, with representatives from Boston University, Cornell, Cortland, Georgetown, Haverford, High Point, Hofstra, Johns Hopkins, Loyola University Maryland, Marquette, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Princeton, Providence, Rutgers, St. Joseph's, Syracuse, Virginia and USC.

The players from Maryland were:

Will Bou, Chevy Chase 

Ryan Evans, Lutherville 

Timothy "Will" Burdette, Baltimore 

Cooper Motley, Ellicott City 

Adam Lamberti, Bel Air 

Max Cooney, Kensington

Dutch Furlong, Baltimore

Dane Swanson, Reisterstown

Cole Herbert, Kingsville

William Spilman, Owings Mills

Ryan Spilman, Owings Mills

Damon Hsu, Potomac

Cole Erickson, Pasadena

Pearson Harrington, Baltimore

Jack Witherspoon, Baltimore

JT Morton, Mount Airy

George Alvarez, Bel Air

Austin Allison, Urbana

Liam Powderly, Cockeysville

Troy Barthelme, Towson

Matthew Barger, Baldwin

John Gross, Potomac

Gavin McClernan, Reisterstown

Zac Schwartz, Reisterstown

Liam Crouse, Perry Hall

Ben Morgan, Millersville

Evan Burman, Clarksville

Jason Skidmore, Street

John "Jack" Dudas, Hunt Valley

Connor McGrath, Severna Park

AJ Hernandez, Ellicott City

Frankie Hapney, Towson

Owen Roegge, Bethesda

Jake Moore, Monkton

Kieran Anzelone, Potomac

Joshua Weingrad, Clarksville

Tyler Kuehl, Potomac

Bob Gross, Potomac 

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Q&A: Calvert Hall Midfielder Ethan Mintzer

Calvert Hall senior midfielder Ethan Mintzer has emerged as one of the top midfielders in the country. Last season, he had 23 goals and 15 assists, along with 52 ground balls for the powerful Cardinals. Mintzer is also versatile -- capable of playing every midfield position. 

"He's great at both ends," Calvert Hall head coach Bryan Kelly said. Mintzer committed early to play at the University of Maryland. 

PressBox: How was the experience playing in the 2015 Under Armour Underclass Lacrosse Tournament? How was the level of competition?

Ethan Mintzer: Playing in the Under Armour underclass games was a great experience. Although Baltimore didn't do as well as we usually do, it was still a great experience playing the best of the best in the country. The past year, I was in a bigger role than the year before, which helped me with my leadership skills. 

PB: What are your goals for the upcoming season?

EM: My goal for the upcoming season is to win the MIAA championship. It has been my dream since freshman year to win it. 

PB: What went into your decision to commit early to the University of Maryland?

EM: I loved the overall campus of Maryland. Also, having my grandfather go to Maryland and playing lacrosse there had a huge impact in my decision. I also loved how it was a blue-collar school, and how Maryland lacrosse is known as a tough, hard-nosed team. 

For more from Mintzer, including how he's preparing for the season, the impact of his Calvert Hall coaches and more, check out the full interview here

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