Lloyd's bright future softens agony of playoff loss With season over, Lloyd readies himself for all-star exhibitions


The season ended last week for C. Milton Wright's boys lacrosse team, but not for attackman Chris Lloyd.

The senior, who led the state in scoring, earned spots in two prestigious all-star games. In addition, Lloyd was named an All-American last week by the U.S. Lacrosse Coaches' Association. He is the school's first-ever lacrosse All-American.

Lloyd will display his All-America style Friday night at the 11th annual Lacrosse for Leukemia benefit game, and again on June 6 at the 10th annual New England's Lacrosse Classic. Both games will showcase some of the top high school lacrosse talent in the country at the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field in Baltimore.

Although Lloyd seems a bit overwhelmed by all these honors, they come as no surprise to Mustang coach Carl Greenberg.

"He is the best offensive player I've ever coached," said Greenberg. "He has incredible acceleration, great upper-body strength and he's very composed. The way he's scoring, it looks like he could be a selfish player, but he's not. He looks for the feed quite often, but we encourage him to shoot."

Back in the seventh grade, Lloyd wasn't sure he would get to play high school lacrosse. Doctors discovered a tumor on a bone in his left arm. But the growth was benign. After his surgery Lloyd had to sit out the soccer season, but he recovered in time for lacrosse.

Since he was 9, Lloyd has honed his attack skills in rec leagues, summer leagues and fall ball. He has always played attack, a position his dad, Ron Lloyd, played at Patterson High School.

"One of my earliest memories is of my father coming home from work and playing catch with me," said Lloyd. "He'd have a baseball glove and I'd have his stick and we'd practice."

The practice paid off. During the 18-game season, Lloyd scored 71 goals, destroying the school single-season record of 47, set in 1989 by Brad McLean. Lloyd also had 13 assists.

He also goes into the Mustang record book for career points (171) and career goals (130). The old records were 165 points and 121 goals by Paul Juarascio, a 1984 graduate.

However Lloyd would have traded all the records for a win in Wednesday night's Class 3A/4A state semifinal game. Instead, Centennial stunned the top-seeded Mustangs with a 7-6 overtime victory.

The Howard County team controlled the ground balls and played a painfully patient offense that took the Mustangs out of their fast-break attack. The Mustangs, who had averaged about 35 shots a game, only got 19 against the Eagles.

Lloyd, who had two goals and an assist, tied the game, 6-6, with 3:24 left in regulation. In the final minutes of regulation, as well as in the sudden-death overtime, Greenberg went to Lloyd continuously, trying to get the game-winner. Lloyd took four of the last five Mustang shots.

"I'd bet my house and give him the ball in a second," said Greenberg. "I watched the tape, and he took good shots at the end. He only missed the goal by a hair."

The Mustangs took the loss hard, but not so much because it halted their playoff drive.

"After the game, seven of us stood in the locker room and talked for a long time," said Lloyd, who credits his teammates with making him look good. "We talked about the game, but mostly we talked about how we didn't want to stop playing together. It was tough because it was the end of our high school careers, the end of one of the best times of our lives."

Lloyd now moves on to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. His talents brought in a host of offers from schools: Hobart, Gettysburg, Washington College and Army. UMBC offered the best package.

The school is close enough that his parents can attend the games, but far away enough for him to live on campus. UMBC also offers a strong biology program, Lloyd's intended major.

And UMBC has a solid lacrosse program.

"They are up-and-coming," said Lloyd, who was impressed with Retrievers coach Dick Watts.

The feeling was mutual. Watts said Lloyd was one of his most-sought-after players.

"We like the way he plays. He's a hustler," said Watts, whose team was ranked 17th nationally this season. "He obviously has the ability to score, but also he has the ability to see the whole field. He plays with intensity."

Watts said he expects Lloyd to challenge for a starting spot right away.

"We're losing three attackmen, so the door's wide open for him," he said.

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