Ben Rubeor has been a champion at every level of lacrosse.
Now in his second year as head coach for Loyola Blakefield, Rubeor has the talent to make another run at a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "A" conference title. The Dons fell short last season, losing to eventual champion McDonogh in the conference semifinals.
The goal now is to take the next step and win the program's 15th league championship. Loyola has won four titles since 2000 -- the most in the MIAA.
"I feel the school is behind our program," Rubeor said. "It supports everything we are doing. That means a lot to myself as a coach and to the players. We had a disappointing end to last season. I will say I've never seen a group of boys work harder in the offseason."
Rubeor, a 2004 graduate of Loyola, has an impressive resume as a player and coach, playing four years on varsity himself. As a senior, he scored 48 goals and had 27 assists. Rubeor was then named an All-American and won the C. Markland Kelly Award as the outstanding player in Maryland.
Rubeor committed to the University of Virginia, where he was a three-time All-American, two-time Academic All-American and two-year team captain. He helped the Cavaliers win the 2006 NCAA national championship. Rubeor also played eight seasons of professional lacrosse, serving as captain of the Chesapeake Bayhawks. He went on to win three Major League Lacrosse titles.
PressBox Lacrosse Spotlight: Bullis Attackman Alex Trippi
Bullis attackman Alex Trippi came up huge for the Bulldogs as a junior last season, finishing with 56 goals and 50 assists. He led Bullis to its first Interstate Athletic Conference title and was named the
Washington Post Player of the Year. Trippi entered the season needing just more than 20 points to become Bullis' all-time leading scorer. He is committed to North Carolina.
What did you most work on in the offseason to improve your game?
Alex Trippi: Coming from "X," I look to come up the left side, so I worked on my right-handed, on-the-run shot. I thought that would help me the most. I tried to play lacrosse as much as I could [in the fall], but I was in football season, so I was trying to do both at the same time.
What does Bullis have to do to repeat as the Interstate Athletic Conference champions?
AT: We put in a lot of hard work in the offseason. The seniors last year really taught us how to work hard and be a competitive team. So, we are going to carry on what happened last year and be competitive every single day. We'll just get after it and see what happens.
How much thought have you put into becoming Bullis' all-time leading scorer?
AT: I've heard about it, but I don't know if it's a big thing or not. I am 20 or so points away, so hopefully we'll get that off as soon as possible, so I won't have to worry about it.