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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 36

July 29, 2015

PressBox's high school lacrosse e-mail by Maddie Brightman 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

Heights School Attacker Brendan Regan Named Bob Scott Award Winner For State Of Maryland

Four years after playing on his first lacrosse team, Brendan Regan is being honored as one of Maryland's best high school lacrosse players. The recent Heights School graduate was named the Bob Scott Award winner July 14. 

In honor of former Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach and seven-time national champion Bob Scott, the award recognizes a player who goes above and beyond in service to his team, school and community. The award is given to a player in each geographic region who exemplifies the fundamentals of lacrosse, works hard to improve his game and is a leader on and off the field. 

This year, 43 players received the award, including four boys in the state of Maryland. The other Maryland winners included Nathan DuLaney (Kent Island), Tyler Freal (Patapsco) and Brady Kinner (River Hill). 

Heights School varsity lacrosse coach Dave Mitchell nominated Regan during an end-of -season conference meeting between coaches, and by the end of the discussion, Regan earned a unanimous vote.

Mitchell's first interaction with the honoree came when coaching the junior varsity basketball team during Regan's freshman year. Mitchell later served as his academic advisor and lacrosse coach for three seasons. 

The relationship between Regan and Mitchell extends beyond the Heights School, as Regan helps with a variety of activities for Mitchell's club lacrosse program, SMS Lacrosse. 

Mitchell said Regan's smarts and on-the-field IQ were the driving forces behind the nomination. 

"I would never give Brendan the ball in a heated moment of a game, but he was someone I could always trust to make the right decision with the ball," Mitchell said. "He was smart and savvy, and that's definitely his greatest attribute."

The Heights head coach praised Regan for his hustle and an incredible motor. Mitchell sees the Bob Scott award as an opportunity to reward the team's most important payer as a whole, not just on the field. 

"He was our unsung hero," Mitchell said. "He was not a MVP or someone who earned first or second team honors, but he was the glue of the team." 

Mitchell also commended Regan for his impressive grades and community service record.

"He treats women with respect. He's a man of faith and not afraid to speak up when something is wrong," Mitchell said. "He's a great friend, and everybody likes the kid." 

The two-time Heights School lacrosse captain considers Mitchell a mentor and attributes what he believes is his biggest lacrosse accomplishment to great coaching. 

Regan said being recognized in relation to an important lacrosse figure like Bob Scott brought him great happiness. 

"As a lacrosse player, I don't think of myself as the greatest individual talent," Regan said. "I'm not going to beat anyone dodging one-on-one, but I try to be the best player, person and leader my teammates can play with, and I think that's reflective of what the award is about." 

Starting his lacrosse career as a freshman in high school, Regan felt pride in being honored in a sport he's recently learned to love. Regan started on the Heights School junior varsity team as a freshman and was called up to start on varsity halfway through his sophomore year. 

After playing soccer and basketball growing up, the attackman fell in love with lacrosse because of its combination of speed, strength and accuracy. Regan also sees the sport as the perfect analogy for life. 

"There are so many variables going on. It's trained me to deal with stressful situations," Regan said. "In life, you don't know what is going to happen, but you have stay calm and pick up the ground ball, or just do what you need to do." 

Regan has also learned the importance of patience from his time on the lacrosse field. During his senior year, the award winner broke his right collarbone and dislocated his left shoulder. Doctors told Regan he would miss his entire senior lacrosse season, but by using his enthusiasm for his new sport as motivation, he was back on the field by March 31.

The Cavaliers finished the season 15-7, after losing, 7-6, to Calverton during the conference championship. 

Next year, Regan will attend the University of Maryland, where he hopes to be a part of the school's club lacrosse team.

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United States U19 Women's National Team Rooted Heavy With IAAM A Conference Talent 

From July 23 to August 1, Scotland will get a glimpse into the impressive lacrosse talent produced in Baltimore. Of the 20 girls named to the United States U19 women's national team, four are recent graduates of Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland schools. 

McDonogh Eagles Andie Aldave and Brindi Griffin will represent the red, white and blue with Francesca Whitehurst of Roland Park Country School and Miranda Ibello of Maryvale Prep. 

The four Baltimore natives were a part of a 150-girl tryout at Stevenson University earlier this year. 

Whitehurst and Aldave will add speed to the team's midfield, and Griffin and Ibello will look to put balls in the cage for the attack. 

Players on the national team range from California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey. New York takes the title for most girls from one state with seven, but Maryland is right behind with four. 

The IAAM A Conference continues to show its dominance, as Ibello, Aldave, Griffin and Whitehurst will be coached by Wendy Kridel and Kim Simons of Bryn Mawr. Both coaches will switch their typical roles, as Simons will serve as the head coach, and Kridel will join Bowen Holden and Michele DeJuliis as an assistant. 

With the exception of Ibello, Aldave, Griffin and Whitehurst all played on teams competing in the IAAM A Conference championship. Each girl played an important leadership role on her high school team this spring, was named an All-Metro player and will compete at a top Division I program this fall. 

Aldave will head west to play for the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame, while Whitehurst, Ibello and Griffin will stay in the Baltimore, Washington D.C. area and play at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, respectively. 

The 2015 FIL Rathbones Women's U19 World Lacrosse Championship is already under way in Edinburgh, Scotland, but as the tournament continues, these Baltimore natives will look to show off talent from their powerhouse conference and bring home the country's fifth national title.

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Q&A: Loch Raven Senior Alyssa Demski 

For Alyssa Demski, as one lacrosse door opens, another closes. 

In just a few weeks, Demski will return to Loch Raven High School with expectations for an exciting senior lacrosse season, but her club lacrosse career has come to an end. 

Demski has played for the club team Sky Walkers since the sixth grade, but her lacrosse career began when she was 4 years old. A member of a family with heavy lacrosse roots, it was inevitable that Demski would pick up a lacrosse stick. 

Demski's primary role for the Ravens is as a low defender -- a position she's become familiar with for the last six years. She began contributing for Loch Raven's varsity team at the end of her freshman year. 

This summer, Demski has played in club tournaments every weekend and practiced with her team twice a week. 

Off the lacrosse field, Demski is a member of Loch Raven's field hockey and track teams, and she is an active participant in student government and the school's theatre program. 

PressBox: What are your lacrosse goals for the future?

Alyssa Demski: My lacrosse goals for the future definitely include playing in college, no matter the division. After college, I would also like to get into coaching, either high school or rec lacrosse, just to stay exposed to the game. I hope my kids want to play one day, too.

PB: Sky Walkers is known for being one of the most competitive club teams. How do you handle this as a player, and what is your favorite part about playing for them?

AD: Competitive is definitely an understatement, and keeping up with the pressure is really difficult. The only thing that kept me going was how supportive every one of my teammates was. They are my favorite part of playing for Sky Walkers, and even though most of us are going to different schools, I know the distance won't break the bonds that we've made.

PB: Does Loch Raven lacrosse have any plans for the fall and how do you expect your spring season to go?

AD: In the fall, most of the girls are involved in other sports, but I know we've talked about playing in an indoor league, or just meeting up for wall ball or some lacrosse training on the side. 

Luckily, we're only losing three seniors from last season, but they were all captains, starters and huge assets to our team. It'll be a hard loss, but we'll definitely still have their heart with us. Someone is sure to step up and take over the leadership role, and I'm sure we'll be right back to the state semis this year. 

For more from Demski, including her greatest lacrosse memory and most influential coaches, check out the full interview here

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