As the fourth and final brother to play for the Gilman lacrosse team, senior midfielder William McBride has received plenty of advice from his older siblings.
"Just to live in the moment," he said. "They all said that high school was definitely the best time of your life, so enjoy yourself and have fun with it."
In his third season on varsity and coming off a 21-goal, eight-assist junior season, McBride plans to do just that, and nothing would be better than closing out his career with a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.
The No. 3 Greyhounds (2-1) could make a run with a senior-laden team that has played together for some time. McBride is a key component with his strong two-way play in the middle.
McBride, who has a B-plus GPA, has committed to North Carolina, where he will follow his brother Greg, a 2009 Gilman graduate who is now a senior for the Tar Heels.
His oldest brother, Paul, started the family's lacrosse tradition at Gilman, from which he graduated in 2006 before playing at Trinity. After Greg came Thomas, who graduated from Gilman last year and is a freshman at Gettysburg.
What are the expectations this season at Gilman, with such an experienced group?
We're senior-based with a lot of guys returning from last year. We had an inexperienced defense last year, but returned everybody, so they have a year under their belts. We're pretty balanced all over the field and everyone knows their roles. So, we kind of connect well together and we'll have a pretty good chance down the stretch in May.
What's your role as a senior?
As a senior, I just want to be a leader out there and give a good example to the younger kids. It's not just me who's a leader out there — our team has so many guys that are experienced and who have been there before. A lot of guys are stepping up, so I think down the stretch we'll unite and be a good group down the stretch.
What's it like being in the home stretch of your high school days?
I haven't really realized it yet, but I just have a couple months left here. It's weird thinking we'll all be going our own ways in five months or so. I just think you have to take advantage of the time left and make the most of it. I definitely want to have fun with the kids I've been going to school with since first grade, and just enjoy the time I have left.
What was it about North Carolina?
My brother [Greg] is there now, so I've been there a lot visiting and I really fell in love with it when I was younger. My oldest brother, Paul, was a huge UNC fan, so I kind of jumped on the bandwagon and have been a pretty big fan. And then my visit, I just loved the coaches, loved the environment and it just felt right for me. The warm weather, the campus is beautiful and the lacrosse team is definitely on the rise, so everything fits well for me.
What's it feel like being the last brother to come through Gilman?
It's pretty sad to think. My oldest brother graduated from here in , so we've been here for awhile and it's going to be pretty bittersweet when I'm done.
What's one thing nobody knows about you?
Most people don't know that I'm scared of tomatoes. [laughs] I hate everything about tomatoes and won't even touch them. Just looking at them, I don't get how people can just eat a tomato with nothing else on it. I don't know — it's just a weird thing of mine.