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Notebook: Hood makes Barber the youngest coach in Division III lacrosse

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Frederick native Brad Barber has been promoted to head coach of the Hood men’s lacrosse program, making the 23-year-old the youngest head lacrosse coach in NCAA Division III, the school announced Wednesday.

Barber served as a graduate assistant for the Blazers the past two seasons after completing his playing career at Division I Robert Morris. Hood’s 2013 squad set a school record for faceoff percentage and produced the program’s first two all-conference selections.

Barber, the eighth head coach in program history at Hood, passes Olivet's Adam Hague for the distinction of youngest head coach in Division III men’s lacrosse. Hague, one of three other men’s lacrosse coaches at the level under 25, is 24 years old.

In high school, Barber was a four-year starter for Tuscarora High in Frederick. He continued his career as a reserve on defense at Robert Morris, where he contributed to the growing success of the Colonials' program. In 2011, the Colonials posted a record of 9-7 and advanced to the inaugural Northeast Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed.

Barber has been involved in the lacrosse community, giving private lessons and volunteering with the Western Maryland Youth Lacrosse organization. He also has coached with many high school-level club programs. Most recently, Barber was a speaker at the 2013 US Lacrosse Convention, where he talked to more than 150 youth and high school coaches about team and individual defense.

In 2012, he established the Maryland Lacrosse Showcase in Frederick, one of the largest recruiting events of its kind on the East Coast. Going into its second year, the showcase has attracted more than 550 athletes from 37 states, five Canadian provinces and Europe.

Barber has also developed one of the largest club programs in Western Maryland for high school athletes, attracting players from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and all regions of Maryland. 

William & Mary women hire Towson U. grad Fratzke

Former Towson University standout Hillary Fratzke was named head women’s lacrosse coach by William & Mary, the school announced Tuesday.

She replaces Brooke Ireland, who resigned in May after two seasons. Fratzke was an assistant coach at Northwestern the past three seasons, helping the Wildcats to NCAA national championships in 2011 and 2012 and a semifinal appearance in 2013.

At Towson, Fratzke earned Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-America honors three times and ranked fourth in NCAA women’s lacrosse history in draw controls (327). She was a four-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, was a two-time Tewaaraton Award nominee and was CAA Player of the Year honors in 2008 and 2010. She attended Queen Anne’s High in Centreville.

C.M. Wright grad Lebrun honoredHarford sophomore attacker Sara Lebrun (C. Milton Wright) was named a National Junior College Athletic Association first-team All-American in women's lacrosse, as announced by the national office.

She recorded 104 points and 89 goals in her Fighting Owls career. Lebrun becomes the eighth All-American this school year for Harford, setting a school record. She totaled 39 goals and 44 points during the 2013 season. As a freshman, Lebrun tallied 50 goals and 60 points, both totals ranking second in the school's single-season record book. She totaled at least three goals eight times this year, including a season-best seven markers in a win over CCBC-Essex. She added four goals in the NJCAA Region XX semifinal win that clinched the program's second trip to the NJCAA national tournament.

Among the other players chosen to the first team were: freshman goalie Brittani Biddinger (Severna Park), freshman attacker Shannon O'Neal (Severna Park) and sophomore midfielder Meghenn Jackson (Broadneck) of Anne Arundel CC; freshman midfielder Carlin Grudzien (Catholic) of CCBC-Essex; and sophomore midfielder Maddie Poehlman (Seton Keough) of Howard CC.

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