Eddie Maynard is continuing a tradition at John Carroll as the latest in the school's line of outstanding soccer goalkeepers.
In recent years, Rich Pellegrini and Zack Thornton, both second-team All-Metro selections, handled the nets. Now comes Maynard, a senior and second-year starter for the 8-1-1 Patriots.
John Carroll has outscored its foes, 32-9, with only Calvert Hall (a 3-0 loss) and Boys' Latin (a 4-2 win) getting more than one goal against Maynard.
The school in general, and Maynard in particular, gained a measure of revenge against Calvert Hall last Tuesday, playing the unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Cardinals to a scoreless tie. It was Maynard's fourth shutout of the season.
"The two [Calvert Hall] games were totally different for me," Maynard said before a late-week practice. "The first time, I was intimidated -- it was at Calvert Hall, and the idea of the school, the team, got to me. This time, I was at home and knew I had nothing to be afraid of.
"I just went out and showed them that I could play, that I could come out of the goal and be more aggressive."
Referring to the contest, he said: "Calvert Hall likes to spread it out, take the ball in the corners and bring it back. The only way to beat that is get to the ball.
"The first time, all three of their goals came off crosses, two of which I should have come out and grabbed. If I had played the same way I did in the second game, those would have been three saves."
Maynard prepared himself for the second test by kicking a ball against a backboard the previous weekend, working on his handwork. It paid off when he made 18 saves, nearly half from point-blank range.
"I've been getting hassled the entire season for not coming out, that I'm not as good as I was last year," Maynard said.
"Last year, I was replacing Zack Thornton, and those were pretty big shoes to fill. I guess I felt I had something to prove right away. And, truthfully, I'm not as good this year."
Next month, another John Carroll-Calvert Hall meeting is likely. Both are expected to reach the Maryland Scholastic Association A Division playoffs. John Carroll will be looking to capture a title it last held in 1989.
And next year for Maynard, a B student?
"I haven't heard much from the colleges, but I want to try and play Division I," he said.
Given his aggressive play and his renewed confidence, that desire could become a reality.