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Boys lacrosse top 5 countdown: No. 3 Boys' Latin

Boys' Latin coach Brian Farrell's Lakers return 24 players, including seven starters.
Boys' Latin coach Brian Farrell's Lakers return 24 players, including seven starters. (File photo/Baltimore Sun)

The boys lacrosse season is underway for the private schools and the public schools will begin play Wednesday, so it’s time to start rolling out the projections for this season’s top teams.

In the coming days, The Baltimore Sun will count down the top five. The area’s preseason No. 1 team will be posted on Saturday. The entire Top 15 poll, along with the top players to watch, will be available online Sunday morning and the entire preview package will be in Sunday’s print edition of The Sun.

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Here’s a look at No. 3 Boys’ Latin:

The Falcons left themselves with a tough act to follow after completing a 20-0 season and second straight state title last spring.

Coach: Brian Farrell

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Last season: 13-6, No. 3

Postseason: MIAA A semifinals

Outlook: The Lakers return 24 players, including seven starters, and the senior class has shown strong character to go with high skills. This will be one of the most experienced teams in the league, with a number of those seniors three- or four-year varsity players. That can take a team a long way, and the Lakers are banking on the chemistry. The Brandau twins — attackman Matt and goalie Chris — and long pole midfielder Michael Ubriaco are the senior starting points. Joining Matt Brandau up top is sophomore Brendan Grimes, a strong lefty who had an impressive freshman season and backed it up with a fine offseason. The tandem will be difficult to stop. Basil Aburn and Brendan Crouse are the glue at midfield, and Reagan McNemar and Blake Gable are the mainstays on defense. Payton Giberson will handle most of the draws. If the Lakers can stay healthy, remain focused on what’s directly in front of them and have some breaks go their way, they could be celebrating on the season’s final day.

In his final season coaching at his alma mater, Ben Rubeor likes the Dons' senior leadership in a bid to leave on top in the MIAA A Conference.
A big and gifted senior class — 18 players in all — has the Eagles in position to bring home the program’s second championship in three seasons.
Led by All-Metro Player of the Year Jacob Kelly and plenty of surrounding talent, the defending MIAA A champion Cardinals start the season as the Baltimore area's No. 1 boys lacrosse team.

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