Fallston boys' lacrosse head coach Matt Parks sets simple goals for his team: focus on the game in front and get better each day.
So far, his players have heeded that advice.
Since losing to national power Boys' Latin March 28, the Cougars have reeled off eight consecutive victories. A tough nonconference schedule has kept Fallston battletested for league play in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, where it already beat rival Bel Air, 8-6, April 28.
"It's always a bonus to be able to schedule a tough out-of-conference schedule," Parks said. "It gives us the opportunity to get a good picture of our strengths and weaknesses heading into conference play."
Fallston (10-2) is led by Dylan Wolf (York), a four-year varsity player who has emerged as one of the top attackmen in the area. As teams have focused on shutting down Wolf, other talented players, such as seniors Ben Claffee (St. Mary's) and Justin Williams (Florida Tech), have helped carry the offense.
Two other seniors, Cameron Linger (St. Mary's) and Jeff Otenasek, have also come up big on the attack. And Colton Presley has emerged as another scoring threat during his first year as a starting attackman.
McDonogh Girls Pass Tough Regular-Season Tests ... Again
The winning streak for the McDonogh girls' lacrosse team now stands at 173 games.
The Eagles, however, have not shied away from tough competition. McDonogh has beaten several teams ranked in the U.S. Lacrosse top 25 rankings, including Notre Dame Prep, Marriotts Ridge and Bishop Ireton. In addition, the Eagles also had impressive wins against several regional powers, including Milton (Ga.) and Vero Beach (Fla.).
"It's just great to get as much good competition as we can," Eagles attacker Catie May told The Baltimore Sun following a victory against Marriotts Ridge April 29. "It's really good to get a mix of teams also not in the IAAM to have a bunch of different kinds of games."
The Eagles (18-0) are on track to win their ninth consecutive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland "A" conference crown. However, the league is deep, and the conference playoffs should provide more challenges.
Third Wave Of Players Added To Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game
Several local players were part of the third wave of 11 boys and girls that were selected to the 12th-annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game scheduled for July 1 at Towson University.
On the boys' side, a pair of Navy commits from Landon, attackman Nate Buller and faceoff specialist Justin Shockey, were added to the roster.
The University of Maryland had two of its recruits added to the game, attackman James Avanzato (Sachem North, N.Y.) and goalie Drew Morris (New Canaan, Conn.).
Jared Reinson, a defenseman from Montgomery High School in New Jersey who has committed to Johns Hopkins, also made the roster.
On the girls' side, Good Counsel attacker Taylor McDaniels (North Carolina), Notre Dame Prep's Keegan Barger (Johns Hopkins), McDonogh's Margaret Donovan (Princeton) and Severn's Brooke Robbins (Maryland) earned invites to the game.
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Park Goalie Sam Cordish
Park School of Baltimore senior goalie Sam Cordish makes significant contributions both on and off the field. Cordish has established himself as one of the top goalies in the area. He also works with youth in Baltimore City to help them learn lacrosse. Cordish comes from a long line of talented lacrosse players. His grandfather, David Cordish, was a standout player at Johns Hopkins and part of the 1959 national championship team. He played the lead role with developing the The Cordish Lacrosse Center, located at the east end of Homewood Field. Sam Cordish will play at Penn, where his great uncle was named an All-Ivy League player, also as a goalie.
You come from a family of lacrosse players. How have they helped you along as a player?
Sam Cordish: My family has helped me a tremendous amount along the way. They were the ones that introduced me to lacrosse and took me to college games every weekend, so it was really through them that I developed a passion for the sport. As a player, they've done a lot for me as well, always being there to give me pointers or help if I need someone to practice with.
At what age did you start playing goalie? What do you like best about the position?
SC: I think I started playing goalie around age 5. What I like best about the position is how individually competitive it is. I'm a pretty competitive person, so, as a goalie, I have the chance to challenge and compete with myself every time I play.
As a senior, what type of leadership role have you taken on this season?
SC: As a senior and a captain, being a leader for the younger members of the team is something that is really important to me. When I was a freshman and sophomore, the seniors were people I really looked up to, so to be in that role now, I take a lot of pride in being a role model and leader on and off the field.
PressBox Regional Power Rankings
3. Calvert Hall
4. Boys' Latin
6. Severna Park
8. St. Paul's
9. St. Mary's
3. Notre Dame Prep
4. Marriotts Ridge
5. Garrison Forest
6. Glenelg Country
7. Archbishop Spalding
8. Manchester Valley
9. Severna Park