Towson High School's boys lacrosse team hopes to draw closer to Baltimore County powers Hereford and Dulaney this season with a blend of experience, talent and youth.
Seven starters return for the Generals, who went 8-7 last year and fell in the Class 3A-2A North Region final to Hereford by nine goals.
Optimism reigns, however as a new season starts.
“I think we can compete with the big boys,” Towson fourth-year coach John Cummings said. “We are really looking to give those guys competitive games. We are headed in the right direction with this group.”
Cummings likes his attack, which includes senior A.J. Bosse, junior Jack Ware and sophomore Jack Bell.
They combined for 50 goals last year.
“We have the returning attack group that led our team last year,” Cummings said. “I am looking for them to be the rock again this year.”
The midfield is stronger and deeper with juniors Gordan Palmer, Joe Boozer, Jordan Hummel, and Bobby Wigglesworth, a transfer from Calvert Hall.
Junior Aiden Ryan and Graham Sevy and sophomore Kevin McGovern, another Calvert Hall transfer, spearhead the defense.
Senior goalie Matt Hayden will fill the void created by the graduation of Colby Hogan.
“I really like how this team has bonded early in the season,” said Cummings, whose team has beaten Friends and Dundalk and lost to Archbishop Curley this spring. “We have a really great group. They came in in shape and ready for the season. We are looking to get to the next level. I am excited to see where this team can go.”
Towson girls lacrosse
The Towson High girls lacrosse team has a lot of talent and will be toug to deal with in Baltimore County play.
The Generals return eight starters from an 11-4 team that lost to state runner-up Hereford in the county championship game and the Class 3A-2A North Region semifinal.
Junior attacker Maggie Schneidereith headlines the group of players back.
Schneidereith, a Johns Hopkins Uniiversity recruit, is dangerous every time she has the ball, leading the team in scoring last year with 37 goal and 31 assists.
“Maggie really hustles in every game,” Towson coach Jamie Giffuni said. “She wants to work as hard as she can for her team.”
Senior attacker Hope Lockwood (14 goals) and two players promoted from last year’s junior varsity, sophomore sisters Alicia and Mia de Filiipi, are expected to bolster the offense.
Schneidereith’s sister, Lucy, a junior, senior Shelby Fragetta (Gettysburg) and junior Cathererine Della Santina lead the midfield.
The Schneidereith’s other sister, Jamie, could give the midfield a boost when she returns from suffering a concussion and sustaining a back injury suffered during soccer season.
Senior Abby Coccagna (Tampa) and juniors Dalaney Blottenberger (St. Mary's), Lexi Smith (Navy) and Alex Voss highlight the defense in front of senior goalie Haley Hicklin.
“She is a wall in the cage,” Maggie Schneidereith said. “Haley is amazing. We are lucky to have her.”
Towson started 2-0, routing Dundalk, 25-0, and rallying to beat Bel Air, 10-9, as Maggie Schneidereith scored four goals in each game.
The Generals could be on their way to another standout season thanks to all the seasoned players on the roster.
“I am excited to have so many starters returning,” Giffuni said. “They help us keep the bar high all the time.”