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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 21

December 30, 2014

PressBox's high school lacrosse email, written by Tom Peace, 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

Boys' Latin Goes With Alumnus For Bob Shriver's Successor 

Boys' Latin has hired a successor to longtime head coach Bob Shriver -- alumnus Brian Farrell. Farrell will take over as the next head coach after the 2015 season, when Shriver will call it a career. 

The hire continues the head-coach-hiring trend of the modern day MIAA A conference. Lately, hires have been someone in their late 20s, who has terrific collegiate and professional credentials and is a MIAA alumnus. 

Farrell graduated from Boys' Latin in 2006, and has had a tremendous career, both in college lacrosse and professionally. The defenseman achieved All-American honors while attending the University of Maryland. The former Towson Athlete of the Year also won the Charles P. McCormick Award, which is awarded to the Baltimore area athlete who contributed the most to athletics at the University of Maryland. 

Farrell has a strong lacrosse background as well. His father, Mike Farrell, is a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee and University of Maryland Hall of Fame inductee. 

According to the press release, Boys' Latin called the process to find Shriver's successor "exhaustive." Shriver has been the head coach for the Lakers for more than 36 years, so the hiring process was thorough. It included a national recruiting search of a candidate pool that included dozens of exemplary candidates, including high school, collegiate and professional coaches, but Farrell jumped out as the favorite to lead one of the country's top high school lacrosse programs. 

"Brian Farrell has the experience both of lacrosse and as a person to be tremendously successful in leading our program," Christopher Post, headmaster of Boys' Latin said in the press release. "Brian is an incredibly humble and hard-working person, who values athletics as a classroom for the life lessons that it teaches. In Brian, we have found someone who has not just performed at the highest levels, who is a teacher of the game and who has the potential to grow with our school, our students and the program. We couldn't be more excited."

Shriver also agreed Farrell would be a good fit with the school.

"As a graduate of Boys' Latin (2006) and the University of Maryland (2011), Farrell's list of accomplishments in the lacrosse arena, as well as football and basketball, are unparalleled," Shriver said in a release. "Additionally, Brian has an uncanny ability to display the most creative approach to playing and winning the game. Brian has been a terrific lacrosse, football and basketball player his entire life, having come from a family of accomplished sportsmen."

The Lakers went a perfect 18-0 in 2014, which was capped off by winning the MIAA A conference championship in May. 

"It's a great honor to have been chosen as the next head coach of the Boys' Latin lacrosse program," Farrell said in a release. "To coach the sport I love at my alma mater is a dream come true. Boys' Latin is a top-tier school with a fine history of success in lacrosse and especially in building outstanding young men of character. I am committed to continuing the proud traditions that Boys' Latin has established over many years. I am humbled by the trust placed in me, and I'd like to thank the headmaster and the rest of the search committee for giving me this opportunity."  

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Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Names Emily Gartrell Head Varsity Coach 

On Dec. 12, Our Lady of Mount Carmel announced the hiring of former Stevenson University star Emily Gartrell as the new girls' lacrosse head coach. 

Gartrell has an impressive lacrosse resume. During her junior year at Stevenson, Gartrell was named second team All-Capital Athletic Conference.

The North Harford graduate began her coaching career while she was in college, as she helped the middle school girls' club teams for Looney's and Greene Turtle. Gartrell also coached the middle school squad at St. Paul's School for Girls and the varsity team for New Town High School.

"Emily is fantastic; she will take the program to the next level," Stevenson head coach Kathy Railey said in the press release. 

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Featured College Commitments


Garrison Forest midfielder Samantha Fiedler -- Loyola University (Md.)

Howard goalie Sam Sagi -- Lehigh University


Calverton attackman Bubba Fairman -- United States Naval Academy 


DeMatha attackman Dylan Stein -- Roanoke College

C. Milton Wright goalie Philip Venanzi -- Virginia Wesleyan College

St. Andrew's Episcopal Long Stick Midfielder Husam Shabazz -- Widener University

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