Boys lacrosse: Glenelg's Nick Wynne

Glenelg's Nick Wynne, named the boys lacrosse Player of the Year, finished his senior season with 116 points and helped lead his team to the 3A/2A state championship game. Read about the boys lacrosse all-county team here. (Staff photo by Jen Rynda / June 19, 2012)

Glenelg's Nick Wynne doesn't like talking about the numbers. The senior, who graduates owning Gladiator program records in every scoring category, didn't care much about the stats when he joined the varsity team as a sophomore, and his mentality hasn't changed much since.

"To be honest, I don't even know how many points I ended up with. … It was never about that for me," Wynne said. "As long as our team was winning, I was happy."

It's that unselfishness, the kind that ultimately helped the program to county titles each year Wynne was on varsity, that Gladiator coach Josh Hatmaker says puts Wynne in a class all his own.

"He's as humble a kid as you're going to find," Hatmaker said. "You hear about kids not caring about stats, but he literally didn't want to talk about them. At one point this season we put the team's stats up on the wall and he took them down. He wanted the focus to be on the team."


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For as much as he may not want to discuss the totals, though, Wynne's ability to light up a scoreboard during his career was up there with the best the county has ever seen. The now two-time Player of the Year accumulated 284 points, on 169 goals and 115 assists, from his attack position.

This year he racked up 63 goals and 53 assists to tie Mt. Hebron's Jake Stevens as the county's leading scorer. The 116 total points, improving on Wynne's total of 110 as a junior, ranks among the top three all-time single-season scoring marks in county history.

River Hill's Scott Kenworthy set the record (121) in 2000.

Wynne "set the standard everyone else on the team wanted to live up to," Hatmaker said. "They see a kid who scored 110 points the year before out there busting his butt and going hard in practice and they realized that's how things are supposed to be done. He was the leader we needed him to be."

The evolution of Wynne as a player took him from being a complementary player alongside his older brother, Zach, as a sophomore to being the go-to guy setting up his younger brother, Mikey, and the rest of his teammates as a senior. To go along with his ever-changing role, Wynne says he had to work a lot on his field vision.

"Last year, I had a big problem of seeing the open guy too late," he said. "So over the summer I worked a lot on keeping my head up."

The work paid off to the tune of six more assists this spring compared to his junior campaign.

Hatmaker also notes other areas of growth.

"He anticipated things so much faster, and he began using his right hand a lot more than he has in the past," Hatmaker said.

There were plenty of big games, including six goals and six assists in a playoff victory over Mt. Hebron and a five-goal effort against South River in the District V championship contest. But the true mark of a great player is consistency, and Wynne, who is headed to play at Towson University next year, was as good as they come in that regard. He registered at least two points in every game.

While the season ended in disappointment, with Glenelg falling short in the 3A/2A state championship game against Hereford, Wynne says he leaves school with nothing but positive memories.

"The practices, the games, the shots, the hits … it's all going to stick with me," Wynne said. "I had a great time playing with all those guys, and I hope they had as much fun playing with me. We had a great run."

Named to the all-county first team are:

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Steve Latona, Centennial. The Eagles' senior received the highest of praise from his coach Warren Michael, who claims Latona possesses the best shot of any player he's ever coached. "He's got incredibly quick hands, great reflexes and he gets the ball out of his stick so fast," Michael said. "He's just really an incredible shooter."

Latona finished with 33 goals and 16 assists on the season, leading the Centennial attack in total points. But it wasn't just about the scoring, as Latona doubled his ground ball total from his junior campaign with 54 this spring. His improved riding on clears was a great asset as well.