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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 45

March 16, 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

Jamie McNealey Back On The Sidelines At Severn
Jamie McNealey proves you can go home again.

McNealey returned to his alma mater, Severn, this season to take over the boys' lacrosse program. He previously coached the Admirals from 1999-2003. McNealey replaces Brian Wood, who stepped down after eight seasons at the helm.

So far, McNealey has guided the Admirals to three straight wins. He credits Wood for leaving a solid foundation in place.

"Fortunately, ... the fundamentals were in place, as Brian Wood is a tremendous coach," McNealey said. "Many similarities will exist from last season to this spring, but overall there will be more differences, as the personnel on our team, from veterans to newcomers, provide a totally different team makeup than a year ago. We will create the best opportunities from our roster and remain proactive in our approach each day in practice."

McNealey brings a high lacrosse acumen to the program. He graduated from Severn in 1987 and played at Johns Hopkins, where he won a NCAA national championship in 1989. As a senior at Hopkins, McNealey won the W. Taylor Cook Memorial Award for strength of character and positive influence. He served as an assistant coach for the Blue Jays from 1992-94. McNealey was the coach at St. Mary's in Annapolis, Md., from 1994-98, and he help lead the school to a 16-0 overall record and national No. 1 ranking.

After leaving Severn in 2003, McNealey took over as the defensive coordinator for the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2010. He was inducted into the Severn School Hall of Fame in 2006 and is revered in the community.

"Severn is a special place, and after being away from high school lacrosse for 12 years, I am greatly appreciative of the fact that I have been given the opportunity to mentor and coach this team every day over the next four months," McNealey said. "To be able to spend time with our student-athletes and assist throughout the program with junior varsity and middle school is a gift that I am truly thankful for."

For more on Severn's fast start this season, read the full article here.

PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Maryvale Prep Girls' Senior Attacker/Midfielder Ally Blood 

Senior Ally Blood has played varsity lacrosse at Maryvale Prep since her freshman year and is one of the captains for the Lions this season. In addition to lacrosse, Blood played soccer and basketball at Maryvale and is a stellar student. She will play college lacrosse at Queens University of Charlotte. She talked with PressBox about the upcoming season.

PRESSBOX: As a four-year varsity lacrosse player, how have you gotten better each season at Maryvale?

ALLY BLOOD: I think the most important thing I have gained from each season is confidence. Each season, I felt myself grow more comfortable with the girls and my coaches. I have learned a lot from my teammates and my coaches.

PB: Being named captain, what type of advice do you give to some of the younger players?

AB: I think the most important advice is to try new things, play hard and don't give up. Also, to do things out of your comfort zone to get better -- it's how you practice when no one is looking that matters the most.

PB: How did the competitive academics and athletics at Maryvale help prepare you for college?

AB: Between balancing athletics and academics, I have learned to manage my time better. During soccer and lacrosse season, I don't get home until 6 p.m., and during basketball season, I wouldn't get home until 8 p.m. I had to make sure I was using all my time wisely and not procrastinating. I have to hold myself accountable when I miss class time for an away game and get caught up and ask for help, so I don't get caught behind.

PB: What went into your decision to attend Queens College, and what do you plan to study?

AB: I chose Queens University of Charlotte not only for the lacrosse program they have there but also for the opportunities that Queens provides for their students. I wanted a small school that was in an environment I could be successful in. Going to Maryvale the past four years has made me used to the small class sizes and the sense of community. I wanted a school that I wouldn't be just a face. I wanted a school that I could be close with all my peers and I'd be able to go to my teachers for help when I needed it. I plan to study biochemistry.

For more from Blood, including how being a three-sport athlete has helped her and what went into her decision to attend Queens College, check out the full interview here.  

PressBox Regional Power Rankings 

1. Landon (Md.)
2, McDonogh (Md.)
3. Calvert Hall (Md.)
4. Gonzaga (D.C.)
5. St. Paul's (Md.)
6. Boys' Latin (Md.)
7. Loyola Blakefield (Md.)
8. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
9. Georgetown Prep (D.C.)
10. Severn (Md.)

1. McDonogh (Md.)
2. Good Counsel (Md.)
3. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
4. Roland Park (Md.)
5. Manchester Valley (Md.)
6. Archbishop Spalding (Md.)
7. Severn (Md.)
8. Notre Dame Prep (Md.)
9. Garrison Forest (Md.)
10. Bryn Mawr (Md.)

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