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: How did you prepare for the upcoming season? Did you do anything differently as far as lifting weights or running?
EM: The team has been preparing by doing weight lifting and conditioning with [strength and conditioning coach] Jay Dyer. I have worked with Jay Dyer in the previous years, but this is the first time Calvert Hall has done it as a team. I believe working out as a team has made a huge impact on the team. Everyone is competing against one another and making each other better. We also do the occasional skill sessions for everyone to keep their stick in their hands.
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.
PB: What have you liked best about attending and playing for Calvert Hall?
EM: I have liked playing for all of my Calvert hall coaches the best. They really have prepared me for college, and they aren't only coaches. They teach life lessons and care about each one of us. They don't just care about the lacrosse part.