Recent Gilman graduate Max Greene received great news on and off the field during his senior year.
In December, the Greyhounds standout attackman was accepted to Harvard, where he will play lacrosse and plans to study economics. Then, as his high school career was coming to an end this spring, Greene was picked to play on the South team in the prestigious Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic at 8 p.m. Saturday at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Greene, who had a 3.5 grade point average, scored 47 goals and had eight assists to earn All-Metro second-team honors this season. He finished his three-year career with 105 goals and won a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship as a sophomore.
Greene also played on Gilman's ice hockey team, which won the MIAA B Conference title last winter.
What does it feel like now as a Gilman graduate?
It's bittersweet. I'm definitely looking forward to my time at Harvard, but I'm going to miss my days at Gilman and playing lacrosse here. It was a great experience playing with all the guys — we created strong bonds each year that I'll miss.
What does being selected to play in the Under Armour game mean to you?
My brother [Bryson] made it two years ago, and it's always been a goal of mine to make the team. This year, I worked really hard in the offseason to put myself in position to be able to make the team, and it was a really rewarding process.
What are your expectations for playing in the Under Armour game?
It's going to be awesome. My brother said playing in the MIAA is obviously fast, but then he got to the Under Armour game, and it was so much faster, and it really helped get him ready for college. It's going to be a great experience.
What do you like about Harvard?
It's an awesome opportunity. Coach [Chris] Wojcik really reached out to me. I'm not a top student, and it's not easy getting in Harvard, but Coach Wojcik really sold out for me and believed in me. When I first visited, it just blew me away. It was everything about it — the history and tradition, and obviously, the prestige of the school. And when I saw the lacrosse team practice and play hard, they really seemed to sell out for each other and all the guys were really nice and welcoming.
When did you learn you were accepted to Harvard?
I committed, but I was kind of on the edge with grades. But I had a good first semester, I applied early decision, and I really didn't know for sure until I got a letter in December from admissions.
What was it like opening up that letter?
It was a big relief. It was such a process. The whole way through, I didn't know if I was getting in, and if I didn't get in, what I was going to do. At that point, I didn't really have a backup plan because all my communication was with Harvard. So I really left all my eggs in the one basket, and it was relieving.
What did you learn about yourself through the process?
I realized if I put my mind to something I can get it done and persevere.
What was it like playing against Bryson, when he was at McDonogh and you were in your sophomore year at Gilman?
He covered me twice, and both times he stripped me, so he always has that on me. But we beat them that game in overtime, so it was rough at the house. I got the win and that's all that matters, so I got to rub it in his face for a little while.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun