Offensive fire power will be a calling card for the Lakers
by Nelson Coffin
BOYS’ LATIN SCHOOL
COACH: Brian Farrell, 3rd year, 30-10
TOP RETURNERS: Matt Brandau (Sr., A, Yale); Chris Brandau (Sr., G, Georgetown); Michael Ubriaco (Sr., D, Villanova); Brendan Grimes (soph., A, Ohio State); Reagan McNemar, Jr., D (Air Force).
KEY LOSSES: Luke Shilling (Johns Hopkins), Jake Glatz (Penn State), Koby Russell (High Point), Greg Ey (Towson).
TOP NEWCOMERS: Cam Spencer (Jr., A); Ryan Spilman (Fr., M); Ben Smith (Fr., A).
OUTLOOK: Plenty of firepower returns for the Lakers with Matt Brandau and Grimes back in the fold on the frontline with Spencer.
Smith will also log quality minutes with his elders while seniors Konnor Caplin (Cabrini), Brenden Crouse (Air Force), Tucker Booth (Dickinson) and Basil Aburn (Syracuse) will be important pieces In the offensive midfield.
Sophomore Payton Giberson (Maryland) will handle chores at the face-off X. With Chris Brandau between the pipes and Braun and McNemar manning long-sticks, the defense looks every bit as solid as the offense.
Still, there is no substitute for experience, and the Farrell’s club has more than enough to keep the squad on an even keel.
“Our senior class is a special one,” Farrell said. “Great leadership and high-quality players. Excited to watch them all spring.”
Having beaten Philly power Haverford School, 9-6, in its opener before sweeping the Florida duo of Oxbridge Academy, 12-5, and St. Andrews, 12-7, BL is already off to what appears to be a very promising season.
The Lakers’ next game will be an interesting non-conference battle when they host Class 4A state champion Severna Park on March 21.
They don’t open the MIAA A Conference campaign until April 3 against Mount St. Joseph at J. Duncan Smith Field.