Severna Park boys lacrosse coach David Earl entered the recently completed 2017 season with a bevy of talent on the offensive side of the ball, but when Earl and his staff designed their offensive strategy, one of those talented returning players, namely senior Trevor Patschorke, stood out among the others.
"Our offense was geared for his shot," said Earl, who was named the Capital Gazette Coach of the Year. "We knew he has a really quick release and he can get it off before the defender can recover."
For proof of Earl's sentiment's on the UMBC-bound attackman, just ask the opposition.
"He is the ultimate sniper as a room and time shooter," Broadneck coach Clay White said. "He has tremendous range and does not take long to release his shot."
Southern's Brendan Brace added: "If he gets his hands free, he can let it rip so you have to account for where he is on the field at all times. He has an ability to find space in a defense and get the ball in the back of the net."
Still not convinced? Check his season-long statistics. Patschorke, who began playing lacrosse at the age of 10 in Florida, torched his team's 20 opponents for a staggering 83 goals to go along with 13 assists to earn Capital Gazette Player of the Year honors.
"When I get the ball in my stick I go hard to the cage trying to beat my defender," Patschorke said. "If I beat my defender and the slide is late or doesn't come at all, I take a shot on the cage.
"If the slide comes, I keep my head up and read where the defense has their second slide and where the defender is recovering to. Once that has happened, I will feed the ball to one of my teammates, and they take care of the rest from there."
It is that approach and the combined efforts of his teammates that helped Severna Park capture a second straight Class 4A/3A state crown without a blemish on its win-loss record. The Falcons, in fact, finished the season on a 37-game win streak dating back to last year.
"Winning our second state championship in a row was definitely the highlight of my career at Severna Park," Patschorke said. "Last year, we came into the season with not a lot of people expecting us to win the state title. We didn't start off strong, suffering two losses in our first two games, but since then we have won 37 straight games, which says a lot about the character of this team.
"This year was different because we had a big target on our backs as the defending champs. Our team responded great to the added pressure this season. Our effort every day in practice increased as the season went on, and the commitment of every guy and coach paid off."
Patschorke helped cap Severna Park's championship run, scoring three goals, including two in the pivotal fourth quarter, to power the Falcons past Winston Churchill, 7-6, in the state final late last month.
"Trevor's an incredible player," Earl said. "His leadership was amazing this year. He is a great student and it all starts from there. His work ethic in the classroom translates to the practice field. He works hard to get better every single day."