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John Carroll Putting Pieces In Place To Defend MIAA B Conference Title
John Carroll head coach Brian King wants to make sure his team is playing its best lacrosse when the postseason rolls around in May.
So King put together one of the toughest early season schedules of any team in the Baltimore-metro area to battle-test his squad and prepare it for the rigors of the regular season. It is a formula that has worked well for the Patriots, who are the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champions.
After an uneven start to the season, John Carroll has won five straight games and sits atop the league standings once again with Friends.
"As a program, everything we do is geared towards playing our best in May," King said. "We use March and April to concentrate on 'us' more than the opponent. We don't ever want to have [a] false sense of our abilities and have been fortunate to play a ton of well-coached opponents to learn and grow as a team. At times, it's tough to keep things in perspective or to watch us struggle because we are mentally and physically tired. It's a risk, but I think we are tougher, starting to gel and will be ready for any situation come May."
Matt Lowery has been a force for John Carroll again this year. He has helped dictate the pace of the game and has performed well on faceoffs. King has been impressed by his development.
"It was great to see Matt do well at the end of last season, because he works so hard and is a great teammate," King said "As Matt matured as a person, he became a better player. He learned to fight through the tough days and move on from setbacks. This year, he has continued to grow and often times changes the game from his success at the faceoff X. Matt is top of his class academically and keeps himself in great physical shape. He is a great weapon, both on and off the field."
For more on John Carroll lacrosse, read the full article here.
Johns Hopkins Set To Host Second Big Ten Men's Lacrosse Tournament In May
Four of the nation's top lacrosse teams will compete in Baltimore when the Big Ten men's tournament descends upon Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field May 5-7. [
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PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Fallston Junior Midfielder Dylan Wolf
Dylan Wolf has emerged as one of the top playmakers in the Baltimore-metro area. The versatile midfielder is solid at both ends of the field and has been a catalyst in the Fallston Cougars' four straight wins. As a junior and three-year varsity player, Wolf has already shown exceptional leadership skills and was named captain. He is undecided about where he will play lacrosse at the next level.
What areas did you want to improve as a player this season? Are you meeting those goals?
Dylan Wolf: Coming into this season, I wanted to improve on being a leader for my team and being more of a threat with the ball in my stick. I am slowly accomplishing these goals, but I still have some work to do when it comes to being a young leader. I have been more of a threat this season by drawing the long pole in many games and by receiving the quick slide when I am dodging.
As a captain of the team, are you a vocal leader or do you try to lead by example?
DW: As a captain, I see myself as both a person who is leading by example and also a vocal leader. I am a vocal leader by taking a bigger role in controlling the offense while I am in the game. Whenever we are down or someone made a bad play, I try to stay positive and motivate my teammates. I am also a leader by example by simply doing whatever coach tells me to do and by being an unselfish player who is not afraid to make the extra pass to a teammate.
What does Fallston have to do to get back to the state title game?
DW: In order to make it back to the state championship, we need to be more of a team and have trust in each other throughout the rest of the season. We need to listen and focus on what our coaches are teaching us and really take in what they are saying. Lastly, we need to just take one game at a time and only focus on the next game instead of the game a few weeks away.
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