Keep an eye out for Connor Reed.
A sophomore midfielder, Reed has steadily risen up the ranks at Johns Hopkins -- starting all five games this season and tallying four goals, four assists and seven ground balls along the way. Reed, an economics major who attended Gonzaga High, spoke with the Lacrosse Report as the third-ranked Blue Jays were preparing to face No. 10 Syracuse March 15 about the rivalry, the 2013 season and Hopkins' offense.
Lacrosse Report: Historically, Syracuse and Johns Hopkins have been two of the top programs in college lacrosse. What does it mean to you be able to be a part of this series?
Connor Reed: It's truly an honor to be a part of such an historic rivalry that has included some of the best to ever play the game. Since I was in second grade, it has been a dream of mine to play in a game like this.
LR: What do you know about Syracuse this season?
CR: Syracuse is returning a lot of starters from last year. Offensively, they are a talented group with some big-name players, and a lot of their goals have come from off-ball play. They've used some big scoring runs to fuel their success this season.
LR: At 5-0, what's working so well for the team?
CR: Our team's intensity going into every game has been great. You can feel it in the air in the locker room minutes before we take the field on game day. Everyone is focused, loose, excited and set on outworking our opponents for four quarters.
LR: The team started out fast last year, but faded down the stretch. How do you avoid that this season?
CR: Going into this season, the coaching staff and the team made it a point not to dwell on the past. This is a brand new year and we are not looking too far into the future. We are taking each game one at a time and preparing with the same intensity for every opponent.
LR: What is the chemistry of your midfield line like, and how does the midfield mesh with the attack?
CR: I love playing with Rob [Guida] and Holden [Cattoni]. Rob has the athletic ability to get by anyone, and Holden has stick skills from playing box lacrosse that I have never seen before. Both are big-time shooters that I try to get the ball to as much as I can. The entire offense meshes well together. Wells [Stanwick] is the quarterback, whose vision and feeding ability make everyone around him better. Ryan Brown and Brandon Benn both have incredible shots and are great off ball. The offensive set coach [Bobby] Benson has implemented plays really well to everyone's strengths.