Boys lacrosse players to watch

Check out the players to watch in boys lacrosse this season.

JT Bugliosi

Calvert Hall, senior, attackman

Cardinals coach Bryan Kelly rattled off the numerous qualities his All-Metro first-team selection brings to the team on attack: skills, smarts, toughness and explosiveness.  Throw in experience, as Bugliosi enters his fourth varsity season looking to help lead Calvert Hall to the MIAA A championship. Committed to Ohio State, he first looks to build on his breakthrough junior season, which included 46 goals, eight assists and 33 ground balls.

Mark Conway

Liberty, senior, attackman

Part of a dynamic scoring trio last season that included graduates Jared Cirulli and Jack Boyer, Conway had 51 goals and 34 assists in helping the Lions to a 19-1 season that included the Carroll County championship and their first state championship game appearance since 2005. This season, he's the focal point. Conway knows the Liberty offensive scheme inside and out, brings vision and awareness, and takes what a defense gives with the ability to score and distribute.

BJ Farrare

McDonogh, junior, defenseman/long-stick midfielder

A three-year starter and All-Metro first-team selection, Farrare affects a game as a long-stick midfielder like nobody else in the metro area. He's fast and explosive with one-on-one takeaway skills and the knack to find ground balls and go. Some of his finest work last season came in the Eagles' 8-5 win over Boys' Latin in the MIAA A title game, where he had five ground balls and caused four turnovers. Farrare has committed to Loyola Maryland.

Jake Glatz

Boys' Latin, senior, midfielder/faceoff specialist

The All-Metro second-team pick puts his quickness, strength and scrappiness to good use for the No. 2 Lakers, winning faceoffs and collecting ground balls. He finished with 105 ground balls, and his work in transition led to four goals. Just as important, Glatz, a Penn State commit, sets a fast pace in practice and games that will be counted on from a senior leader.    

Jacob Kelly

Calvert Hall, junior, attackman

Good things happen for the Cardinals when the ball is with Kelly, the quarterback of the area's most explosive attack. The All-Metro second-team pick, who has committed to North Carolina, is skilled and makes smart decisions, coming off a 36-goal, 40-assist sophomore season. Last year's starting attack returns intact — Bugliosi and Zach Green joining Kelly — and they should be that much more cohesive after combining for 162 points last season.  

Michael Lamon

Severn, senior, attackman

Lamon's breakthrough junior season was instrumental in the Admirals' drastic improvement in their run to the MIAA A semifinals. He has command of the offensive scheme and skills to get maximum production — finishing with 58 goals and 35 assists last season to earn All-Metro second-team honors. The Penn commit had at least three points in 18 of Severn's 23 games last season.  

Evan Riss

Oakland Mills, senior, midfielder

A hidden gem on the Scorpions, the Ohio State-bound Riss dominates the middle of the field as a long-stick midfielder — bringing tenacity, skills and lacrosse IQ. Put simply, if Riss is anywhere near a ground ball, it's his. And he's proved to be productive with it. In his first three varsity seasons, he has 94 goals, 66 assists, 106 caused turnovers and 398 ground balls.

Alex Rode

St. Paul's, senior, goalie

The Crusaders have had a longstanding tradition of producing quality goalies, and Rode is the latest — and could end up topping the list. In his first season as a starter, he broke the program record with 258 saves at a 64-percent rate. The All-Metro second-team pick and Virginia commit, a left-hander, plays the position smart with fine positioning, quick instincts and distribution skills. He'll be leaned on heavily to lead an inexperienced defense.

Brandon Shure

McDonogh, senior, defenseman

One of the best attributes a defenseman can have is being dependable and that's Shure, an All-Metro second-team pick and Johns Hopkins commit. He's big and strong, and always finds himself in the right position with the ability to cover all types of attackmen. With the graduation of standout defenseman Arman Medghalchi, Shure takes over as the defensive leader as the No. 1 Eagles look to defend last year's MIAA A crown.  

Dylan Wolf

Fallston, senior, midfielder

Two-way stellar play from the four-year varsity player and All-Metro second-team pick last season has long been a foundation for the defending Class 2A-1A state champion Cougars. A dual threat offensively, he had 39 goals and 22 assists as a junior, giving him 88 and 77, respectively, going into his senior year. Wolf also brings intangibles with his leadership skills, and confident, all-out play every time he steps onto the field.

Others to watch

Lewy Anania, Marriotts Ridge

Taylor Bohanan, St. Mary's

Matt Brandau, Boys' Latin

Mark Bruner, Howard

Ben Claffee, Fallston

Sam Cordish, Park

Brendan Curry, Calvert Hall

Kyle Dizon, South Carroll

Ryan Dunn, Loyola Blakefield

Stephen Goedeke, North Harford

Sean Greeley, Havre de Grace

Zach Green, Calvert Hall

Cullen Joyce, Severna Park

Skyler Kessenich, Friends

Felix Knorr, Howard

Keegan McHugh, Bel Air

Scott Middleton, Hereford

Charlie Olmert, Severn

Wade Oursler, Gilman

Noah Park, Westminster

Jack Parr, McDonogh

Trevor Patschorke, Severna Park

Keegan Pearl, St. Paul's

Melvin Scott, City

Luke Shilling, Boys' Latin

Koby Smith, Loyola Blakefield

Jason Stead, Liberty

Kyle Stofko, C. Milton Wright

Derian Sturdivant-Wiliams, City

Brendan Tscherne, St. Paul's

Michael Ubriaco, Boys' Latin

David Welsh, Westminster

Chris Yanchoris, Century

Steven Zichelli, Severna Park

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