Three area boys’ lacrosse players earned a spot in ESPN RISE’s Warrior 40 Games Thursday. Loyola Blakefield’s Deemer Class, Gordie Koerber from Gilman School and Boys’ Latin sophomore Mac Pons were selected from a pool of 100 hopefuls at Towson University’s Unitas Stadium.

Koerber, a junior attack, helped Gilman School to the MIAA A Conference championship last month, scoring a game-high four goals in the Greyhounds’ 13-8 decision over Calvert Hall College. Class, a junior midfielder, was an All-MIAA A coaches’ pick this spring, and will vie for a spot on the U.S. National U-19 team next month at UMBC.

A defender, Pons was selected to the Baltimore squad for the Under Armour Underclassmen Games in a couple of weeks at Towson University. Pons has given a verbal commitment to the University of Maryland.

The trio will head to Harvard University July 7-9 for the Warrior 40 which features some of the nation’s top underclassmen. They will coaching from professional players, position training and skills competition.

Recent grads K.C. Beard (St. Mary’s), Jeff Chase (Boys’ Latin) Conor Doyle (Gilman School), Wells Stanwick (Boys’ Latin) and Ryan Tucker (Gilman) took part in the inaugural event last summer.

Schwartzberg leaves Spalding

After one season, Ricky Schwartzberg has resigned as Archbishop Spalding’s boys’ lacrosse coach. The Annapolis Capital reported June 8 Schwartzberg tendered his resignation after a season-ending meeting with Cavaliers’ athletic director Lee Dove June 3.

“When we sat back and evaluated the program after year one under Coach Schwartzberg, our athletic department didn’t feel it was headed in the direction we wanted,” Dove told the Capital. “Ricky and I had a difference of opinions about where things stood and where things were going. We agreed to disagree and he decided it was best to step down.” 

This spring, Spalding went 3-11 overall, 2-11 in the MIAA A Conference. Dove was disappointed the Severn school didn’t “compete for one of six playoff spots,” in the MIAA A, regarded to be the nation’s toughest league.

“I appreciate the opportunity that Lee Dove and the Spalding administration gave me to coach in the MIAA A Conference,” Schwartzberg said. “Throughout this season and during my post-season meeting with Mr. Dove, it was evident that the philosophy my staff and I wanted to establish was not consistent with the way the administration wanted to see the program run.”

Schwartzberg was an assistant the previous two seasons under Zach Burke, who stepped down after the end of the 2010 season to take a job opportunity in San Diego.