It isn't easy standing out in lacrosse or soccer in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, where some of the country's top talent can be regularly found in both sports. Ryan Conrad has shined in both.
The senior's top sport is lacrosse, and he's indeed tops in that. In September, Inside Lacrosse came out with its annual Top 50 Young Gun senior rankings and Conrad was No. 1. The midfielder-attack, who has committed to Virginia, also topped the list in his sophomore and a junior seasons.
Conrad has the size, athleticism and game sense to dominate whatever field he is on. Last spring, he finished with 33 goals, 22 assists and 68 ground balls as the area's most dominating two-way player. He'll take 134 career points (71 goals, 63 assists) into his senior season.
But what further separates Conrad from other talented Division I talent is his ability to rise to the occasion.
In this year's MIAA A soccer championship against undefeated McDonogh, which was ranked No. 1 in the country, the field was littered with some of the country top soccer talent.
But it was the lacrosse player who was best player on the field, as he scored both goals in the Dons' stunning, 2-0 upset win. It was nothing new for Conrad, who also scored two goals in his sophomore season when the Dons beat Gilman, 2-1, for the championship.
(Graham's pick for 2014: Bridgette Andrzejewski)