Quint Kessenich: Newcomers to watch in college lacrosse
The kids are better than all right.
In college lacrosse, freshmen have the opportunity to step right onto the stage and make an impact.
And across the board they are doing just that, from the best teams in the country (Notre Dame) to the worst (Michigan), from the most established (Johns Hopkins) to the newest (Marquette).
Keep an eye on these guys for the next four years:
—By Quint Kessenich, For The Baltimore Sun
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Ryan Brown, midfield, Johns Hopkins( Johns Hopkins Athletics / February 8, 2013 )
The hardest transition from high school to college occurs at the midfield. Players spend time learning offensive patterns, clearing and riding schemes, and defensive slide packages. It is a major step up in every facet. This position equates to a linebacker or tight end in football — two positions that require mastery of both the passing and running games.
Brown has been opportunistic and crisp with his shooting. Eight of his 11 goals have been scored on extra-man chances with a unit that is clicking at a red-hot 55 percent. The Calvert Hall product can smoke corners when he is able to stare down the goal and set his feet. The Blue Jays are at North Carolina at noon Saturday.