Playing, coaching drives Calvert Hall graduate and MLL all-star Brown
By By Tom Worgo
Jul 10, 2017 | 5:55 PM
Calvert Hall graduate Ryan Brown continues to be consumed with lacrosse.
He competes for the Charlotte Hounds in Major League Lacrosse, helps put on shooting clinics for the Baltimore-based RBDC Lacrosse (Ryan Brown/Deemer Class), and works as a volunteer men's assistant lacrosse coach at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
He was also one of 59 players selected to try out this week for the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team that participates in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Israel.
Brown, who starred at Johns Hopkins University after graduating from Calvert Hall in 2012, was a second-team All-American attackman for the Blue Jays as both a senior and junior.
He strongly believes all the lacrosse activities will help with his professional lacrosse career.
"I really do like being involved in all those lacrosse things," Brown said. "You can see it around the league. Guys who have lacrosse-related jobs tend to last longer in the league than guys who are more like in the finance world and stuff like that. I think it goes a long way if you have your stick in your hand all the time."
Brown, the fourth overall pick in the 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft, played in the MLL All-Star Game in Sacramento, Calif. on July 8 and scored a goal for Stripes in their 21-20 overtime victory over Stars.
Myles Jones, of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, scored the game-winning goal and was voted Most Valuable Player, after scoring four goals to go along with one assist.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Brown earned the selection by emerging as one of the league's most dominant players this season.
He ranks second in the MLL with 27 goals in 10 games.
Charlotte coach Jim Stagnitta says the 23-year-old Brown keeps getting better as a player — even though his resume is already pretty impressive.
"He is really getting comfortable with the league," Stagnitta said. "His game just continues to improve. He has made the adjustments he needs to make to be a successful scorer in the league."
Brown is as valuable to the Hounds as any player on their roster.
He joined Charlotte last year after a standout career at Hopkins, where he finished as the Blue Jays' second all-time leading goal scorer with 159.
"He's the best shooter I've ever been around," Stagnitta said. "His shot is very accurate and fast. He has the ability to get shots off quickly and get them off in tight areas. It's nothing like I have ever seen before — his array of shots."
"He is kind of a generational talent," he said. "He is that outstanding shooter with both hands. He is like watching (Golden State guard) Stephen Curry. He always seems to be in the right place to get his shot off."
Brown, who was fourth on the team last year with 31 points in 10 games, helped change the culture with the Hounds.
Charlotte won a franchise-record eight games last summer and lost a playoff semifinal to the Ohio Machine after two difficult years.
"We hit rock bottom for a couple of years," said Cerino, noting the Hounds finished last in the league in 2014 and 2015. "But we have been pretty good since he has been around."