The boys lacrosse season is underway for the private schools and the public schools will begin play March 21, 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 Saturday. The entire Top 15 poll, along with the top players to watch, will be available online Sunday morning and in Sunday’s print edition of The Baltimore Sun.
Here’s a look at No. 5 Loyola Blakefield:
Coach: Ben Rubeor
Last season: 8-9, No. 5
Postseason: MIAA A semifinals
Outlook: This will be the third and final season for Rubeor, a 2004 Loyola Blakefield grad, who plans to move to Boston with his wife to be closer to family. Before leaving, he believes his team has a good chance to surprise in the MIAA A Conference. Coming off two straight semifinal appearances, the Dons return six starters, led by a senior class that has put in the extra time during the offseason. Alex Reid, Ryan Dunn and Connor Hume give them a potent attack. There’s depth at midfield with Liam Bateman, Robbie Olsen, Alex Breschi and Jack Koras in the mix, while Reid Delanois and Andrew Florenzo are key pieces on defense with long pole midfielder Alec Cerasoli. Do the Dons have the firepower to hang with the likes of defending champion Calvert Hall, runner-up McDonogh and dangerous Boys’ Latin? Only time will tell, and Rubeor has stressed the importance of not looking past the next day’s practice or game.