The 2018 Boys’ Latin varsity lacrosse team is expected to be very competitive within the MIAA and also nationally. Preseason rankings have the Lakers as the number 10 team in the country with conference rivals McDonough at five and Calvert Hall at two.
However, with a very strong returning senior class, the team is expected to have experience but also some new faces that will play prominent roles. Boys’ Latin lacrosse preaches “We Ball,” which puts the focus on the team and not the individual.
Although the team’s success will be based on the group’s play, there are multiple players who will make large contributions. Matt Brandau, a senior attackman, will play a large role in leading the offense alongside the explosive sophomore attackman Brendan Grimes. The defense will be led by Chris Brandau, a senior goalie, as well as Reagan McNemar, a junior defender.
Boys’ Latin lacrosse is more than just a sport to this community. It is a tradition that has been branded by each team year after year. Mr. Brian Farrell, the current head varsity coach, stated that Boys’ Latin lacrosse is his whole life.
The impact the sport has had on individuals is overwhelming and that is evident in the attendance at the games. Coach Farrell thinks that the team’s success this season “will not be based on a single individual and that it will take the entire team.”
The Lakers first game will be against the 24th-ranked team Haverford. That game will be followed by the annual spring break trip to Florida where BL takes on Oxbridge and St. Andrew’s. Following Florida, the Lakers host two of the top public schools in the state of Hereford and Severna Park.
Then the Lakers are on the road against Conestoga and 19th-ranked Gonzaga. Subsequently, MIAA A conference play begins, and the Lakers begin “the road to Homewood.”
Championships are expected at the beginning of every season for Boys’ Latin due to the continuous success of the program. Since winning the National Championship in 2014, Boys’ Latin has continuously been either in the championship or in the semifinals.
This has been frustrating to many as the team is on the brink of the ultimate goal but have fallen short each year. Michael Ubriacco, a senior long-stick midfielder, stated that “there is an expectation to win the championship every year, and it is hard to have been so close, but not ever accomplishing it.”
This year those same expectations are present except there is a sense of something special with this team. Brendan Grimes, a sophomore attackman, believes that “this group of guys seem to hold each other accountable.” Holding each other accountable is one of the major aspects that this year’s team is priding themselves upon.