Charlie McComas, a defenseman for the Boys' Latin lacrosse team, will attend the University of North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship next fall. Before he treks to Chapel Hill, however, he has some unfinished business in Baltimore. McComas was a big part of last year's Lakers team that went 18-2 but lost, 10-6, to Loyola in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A conference title game. Before leaving Boys' Latin, McComas wants another A conference championship (Boys' Latin won in 2006) but knows it will be a difficult task after the school lost a handful of All-Metro players. McComas, a senior, was also the quarterback of the football team and a forward on the basketball team. Last year's team voted McComas to be a captain this year.
When did you start playing lacrosse?
I started ever since I was born, playing soft stick lacrosse in the Kelly Post [Summer] League. How does playing basketball and football help with lacrosse?
Well, football builds your toughness up, and being the quarterback helps you become a leader. And in basketball, your footwork -- especially on defense; you need your feet for everything. Playing defense in basketball is pretty much the same as playing defense in lacrosse. How did you feel when you were named captain?
It was just an amazing honor for me, especially at Boys' Latin, a great school and such a storied legacy. The greats have been captains of lacrosse here. It's a tremendous honor, and it just shows how much your peers respect you. What did you think when you lost All-Metro seniors like Travis Reed (Maryland), Brett Weiss (Maryland) and Alex Lyons (Bucknell)?
It's really tough. They're great players. As you can see, they're playing great at their respective colleges. A lot of us have to step up and take their places. They were great leaders also, and when it's crunch time, we can all look to their example. Why did you choose North Carolina?
I've always wanted to go south for college and go to a big school with big football and basketball programs. I've always kind of wanted to go to a state school. It was a tough decision. What's it like playing for coach Bob Shriver?
He's an amazing guy and just knows so much about lacrosse that every time he says something, you have to listen. He helps me out every day. He knows the little things, and that's the most important. It makes you better. Do you do any activities outside of sports?
I kind of just work around my farm. My dad makes me roll out hay, feed the cows and stuff. Fix fences. (Laughs.) Who's your role model?
My dad. He's always there for me and always helps me out, and he has helped me get through a lot. He's someone I've looked up to, and he does things the right way.
What's on your iPod?
I've got some rap, rock, mix. I've got a lot of things. Oldies, some Temptations here and there. (Laughs.)
What's it like going to an all-boys school?
It's all right. It's different, but it has its great benefits, especially BL. It's such a small group of people that you know everyone. There are great kids to hang out with, and you don't have to worry about, you know, taking a shower in the morning and looking all nice for the girls. (Laughs.)