Roland Park's Steele Stanwick is staying busy with lacrosse. He plays for the Ohio Machine in Major League Lacrosse, serves as an assistant coach for Boys' Latin, has an endorsement deal with Under Armour and runs camps and clinics as part of Stanwick Lacrosse -- a business he started last winter.
Of all his current endeavors, playing in his second professional season stands out.
"It's something I will never forget," Stanwick said. "I still think I would play for no money. To play against and with some of the guys you have been watching is pretty unreal. Every guy you are playing against was a first- or second-team All-American."
Ohio Machine coach Bear Davis said all of the lacrosse activities benefit Stanwick.
"A lot of times, the teaching stuff is how your learn yourself," Davis said. "He does all the camps and clinics. He is continuing his education in lacrosse."
Stanwick, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound attackman, wants to keep improving as a player as well -- even though his resume is already impressive.
The former three-time University of Virginia All-American — and the program's all-time scoring leader with 269 career points — leads the Machine in scoring with nine goals and 19 assists in 12 games.
Stanwick, a two-time Towson Times/Baltimore Messenger Player of the Year and the 2011 Tewaaraton Award winner, is playing up to his reputation on a team that also includes fellow Loyola Blakefield grad Joe Cummings and former Gilman standout Marcus Holman.
"I think it's hard in any professional sport when you walk into the league with a target on your back," Davis said. "He has handled it very well.
"He is definitely a quarterback out on the field. It doesn't take long for him to see certain things and how plays are going to develop and make adjustments."
Stanwick scored two goals and had three assists in a 16-9 loss to the Hamilton Nationals on May 23 and had a goal and four assists in a 13-10 loss to the Boston Cannons on June 29.
Stanwick joined the Machine in the middle of the 2012 season, after his senior year at Virginia. He was the second overall pick in the 2012 MLL draft and led the team in assists (17), adding 11 goals in nine games.
"Last year, I was coming right out of Virginia and I was a little banged up physically and mentally from playing a year of college lacrosse," Stanwick said. "This year, I was refreshed and ready to go after a few months off."
Ohio General Manager John Algie sees a difference.
"Week by week, he's developing into a leader," Algie said. "His game will evolve as he gets used to the professional game more. Little by little, he is recognizing he needs to go to the goal. In the past, he would sit back and look to feed."
Stanwick likes the numbers he has been putting up over the last two seasons, but not the 1-11 record of the Machine
His teams at Virginia went 56-14 over four years, and he won a national championship in 2011. He also guided Loyola to back-to-back Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association titles.
"It's a humbling experience when you are used to winning," Stanwick said. "We are in every game. It's not like we have been blown out in every game. We just have to put all the pieces together."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun