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Varsity Q&A with Mikey Wynne, St. Paul's, lacrosse

Junior attackman off to fast start with Crusaders after transferring from Glenelg

By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

12:17 PM EDT, March 27, 2013

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It's the same quick release and precise aim for Mikey Wynne this season. What's new, however, is the standout attackman's uniform.

After two seasons at Glenelg, the junior transferred to St. Paul's last summer and has led the No. 4 Crusaders to a 6-0 record so far this spring. Wynne scored two goals and added three assists as St. Paul's defeated visiting Fallston, 17-8, on Tuesday. The Crusaders host Cape Henlopen (Del.) on Thursday at 4 p.m.

The decision to leave Glenelg was difficult for Wynne, who has 30 goals and nine assists for St. Paul's this season.

His older brothers — Josh, Zach and Nick — all starred for the Gladiators in the past eight years, and his younger brother, Kevin, is a freshman on Glenelg's varsity squad this season. But the chance to compete in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, arguably the best league in the country, was simply too good to pass up.

Wynne, who had 42 goals and 40 assists for the Gladiators last year, has committed to play lacrosse at Cornell.

How difficult was the decision to leave Glenelg for St. Paul's?

It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made. It meant leaving friends from Glenelg and everything like that. I still get a chance to see them over the weekend from time to time, but not to see them in the hallway all the time is a lot different. But here, everybody has been awesome and accepted me and I've fit right in — it's just a great place to be.

What has been the key to the team's fast start?

Everybody believes in our team this year. We're trying to take it one game at a time. We're a very close family. The coaching staff has put in a new offense — the Canadian-style — and that's been implemented very well. We're very close, so hopefully any adversity we face we can fight through it together.

What has been the biggest adjustment at St. Paul's in terms of lacrosse?

I'd say the game is a little quicker. But playing at Glenelg, coach [Josh] Hatmaker ran very fast-paced practices like here, so it hasn't been too big of a transition. I haven't been in MIAA play yet, so I'm not sure about that. But I definitely say it's a big jump, but not very hard for me.

What's your role on the team?

I think my role is just to play within our offense. It's a lot of off-the-ball movement, so you just keep on trying to get open and bury the chances your supposed to. You don't play outside of your game, just play the game you're supposed to and try not to do anything more.

How excited are you about playing in the MIAA?

That was one of my favorite parts when looking at St. Paul's. Who wouldn't love going out every week against the top teams and trying to prove yourself — and prove your team?

Outside of lacrosse, what has been your impression on St. Paul's?

Since the first day I got here, everybody has been nothing but kind and accepting to me. They didn't care where I was from, what I was here for, and a lot of people didn't even know I played lacrosse. It's just a lot of great people, and I love the place.

How has your typical school day changed this year?

At Glenelg, I was getting up at 7, getting out of school around 2:10, getting done with practice and then home by 5:30. Here, it's get up at 6 a.m., drive 45 minutes to get here, practice until about 6 and get home around 7, depending on traffic. Then it's homework, go to bed and do it all over again. It's all worth it. I'll definitely miss not playing with my little brother at Glenelg, but I definitely like it here.

What were some of the key points in deciding to sign at Cornell?

It reminds me of St. Paul's a lot. The coaches were awesome, and that was the biggest part of my decision. When my dad and I visited, they were very kind all around and they have an excellent program, so I figured what better fit than playing some good college lacrosse and getting an Ivy League education.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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