Southern High School (Anne Arundel) sophomore attackman Colin Phipps is already making his mark in the national high school lacrosse landscape. Last season, Phipps recorded 24 goals with 14 assists and 40 ground balls under head coach Brendan Brace. He helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class 2A/1A semifinals. Phipps also competed in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic. In addition to lacrosse, Phipps plays football and runs indoor track at Southern. Phipps, who has a 3.5 GPA, is still going through the college process.
How was the experience of playing in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic? Was the level of talent about what you expected?
Colin Phipps: Playing in the Under Armour All America Lacrosse game really took it to the next level for me. It gave me the opportunity to be a part of the best talent I've ever played with. I loved the experience and, at the same time, really felt I learned a lot to improve my game.
In addition to playing in that game, were you able to play any club ball during the offseason?
CP: I always make sure I'm involved with a club team to keep improving on my skills and being the best I can. I started out playing with Rockfish [Lacrosse Club] and spent a little time with the Breakers [Lacrosse Club] this past summer. I just finished up the fall season with the Annapolis Hawks and will be playing with them over the summer. I have also had the opportunity to play with my high school in a few tournaments this fall.
What are your goals heading into the next high school season at Southern?
CP: I'm very excited about this upcoming season at Southern. We really have some great talent, and I'm anxious to see what we're going to do coming back this year. I've been lucky enough to play with most of these guys for a long time. Winning a state championship together would be my ultimate goal and a great way to end this season. We came up a little short last year in the state semifinals, but we just need to stay mentally focused, attack each game, stay positive and really lay it on the line for each other so we can achieve our goals.
What are the benefits of being a two-sport athlete?
CP: Playing multiple sports definitely helps me. It enables me to be a well-rounded athlete -- learn new skillsets working with different coaches and guys. I can't imagine not playing multiple sports.
Have you developed any plans for college, or are you just going to take your time with the process?
CP: No definite college plans at this point. I'm keeping all my options open. I still feel I'm in the early stages of looking for schools that fit my goals [academically and athletically]. I'm really looking forward to learning as I go through this process and meeting with college coaches.