Friday’s editions included a Q&A with Johns Hopkins sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick. Due to space constraints, here are some more answers from the Baltimore native and Boys’ Latin graduate that did not make the cut.
How does it feel to be the quarterback of the offense from behind the net?
It’s definitely something that I’ve always wanted to do. It’s just kind of the position that I play. You always want to control the game from there, and I’m trying to get better at it. I’m probably not exactly there yet, and I’m working on it and trying to be more of a leader on the offensive end as the year goes on and into next year.
When you are behind the net, how do you keep an eye on the opposing defenseman and your teammates at the same time?
You have to watch the defenseman in front of you because you have to know where his stick is and know where he is checking you. And as you go, you’re basically just working off your instincts. You know what the offense is doing and who you’re playing with. You just have to know the right time to look up and find them.
But at the same time, you have to try to run your defender off a pick and avoid stepping into the crease. Isn’t that a lot to process in a split second or two?
It definitely is when you say it like that. I guess I just have to say that it comes from a lot of practice. And your instincts kind of tell you where the crease is and you know where your teammates are going to be. It just all kind of comes together at once.
Who is the toughest defenseman you’ve played against?
I would say either [senior Brian] Megill from Syracuse or [junior Scott] McWilliams from [Virginia] or [junior Joe] Fletcher from Loyola. They’re all good. All three of them are big guys. They’re strong, they’re good with their feet, and they throw good checks.
Who is the toughest goalie to score against?
I’d say this year, [Maryland redshirt junior] Niko Amato or the [North Carolina] freshman [Kieran Burke]. They played really well against us.
Who is the best teammate you’ve played with?
The best teammate I’ve played with is [attackman] Chris Boland, who graduated last year. He was helping me a lot all the time with playing attack. Having our lockers next to each other, he taught me a lot of stuff and how everything was going to go throughout the year game-wise and practice-wise.
Do you have a favorite lacrosse memory?
I’d probably say the overtime win against UVA in my freshman year. It was the first time we had beaten them in 14 years at their place. That was probably the most memorable win.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun