Boys, girls lacrosse teams pre­pare for new sea­son

McDonough boys lax re­build de­fense, pos­sess strong of­fense for 2017 sea­son

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

As McDonough head coach Michael Fer­riter and the boys lacrosse team took the field for prac­tice on Thurs­day they were glad to get back to full-field out­door work.

Af­ter not be­ing able to prac­tice last Tues­day due to the in­clement weather in Charles County, the Rams were con­tained to prac­tice in­doors on Wed­nes­day, but were back out­doors the next day.

Whether they were work­ing in­doors or out­doors, the Rams ex­pec­ta­tions are high for 2017 as they are sched­uled to open the sea­son at 5 p.m. to­day at Lackey.

McDonough’s big­gest em­pha­sis en­ter­ing the sea­son is get­ting a con­sis­tent de­fense in place. While the team re­turns eight play­ers, in­clud­ing four on of­fense, the Rams lost their en­tire de­fense to grad­u­a­tion that fea­tured Alp­do­gan John­son, Jaylen McDuffie, Damien Hock, Alex Gil­lis­sen and Darin Gard­ner.

Aside from re­turn­ing start­ing sopho­more goalie Camdin Edge,

the de­fense will be a new group.

“It is great to be back on the field and we are go­ing to try to get our de­fense rolling in the right di­rec­tion,” said the 6-foot4 Edge. “Com­mu­ni­ca­tion will be very im­por­tant. Prac­tice has been go­ing well and I be­lieve we are ready for our first game.”

McDonough, which fin­ished with a 6-9 over­all and a third­place 4-2 in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s Po­tomac Divi­sion last sea­son, has 17 var­sity play­ers on the ros­ter and 14 ju­nior var­sity play­ers in the pro­gram.

“We are very young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced,” Fer­riter said. “We have four first-year play­ers and four youth-league ex­pe­ri­enced fresh­men and we’ll be start­ing three of them. This is the first time that we had a [ju­nior var­sity] in three years, so the fu­ture is bright for our pro­gram.”

De­spite los­ing at­tacker Nick Lev­erich, its lead­ing scorer with 27 goals last sea­son, McDonough will still pos­sess solid of­fen­sive fire­power with ju­nior Nick Wright and se­nior Dil­lon Pa­ton at at­tack. In the mid­field, se­nior Gun­ner Kerig and Fer­riter’s son Brady, an in­com­ing fresh­man, will bring ver­sa­til­ity for the of­fense.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing last year and I’m happy to be back,” said Wright, who missed the en­tire sea­son in 2016 due to a torn ACL in­jury in his right knee. “We have a lot of young tal­ent and we want to set an ex­am­ple. With the of­fense we have we will be able to score goals.

Pa­ton, one of McDonough’s team captains, will be looked upon to help pro­vide lead­er­ship and be a vi­tal as­set on the field.

“Along with the other captains we help man­age and lead the lacrosse team,” Pa­ton said. “That in­cludes warm-ups, run­ning, drills, con­di­tion­ing and keep­ing the team fo­cused. I am very ex­cited about the upand-com­ing sea­son along with all new play­ers we have gained this year. The pro­gram at McDonough has has a huge gain of in­com­ing fresh­men that have had ex­pe­ri­ence with lacrosse. We area all itch­ing to start the sea­son and bring home a re­gional cham­pi­onship.”

Coach Fer­riter added: “It will be a shootout for most of our games un­til we get our de­fense in proper form. Mid­way through the sea­son our de­fense should be bet­ter as we try to push through he play­offs.”

When asked about the com­pe­ti­tion level within the county and SMAC, the coach said: “La Plata is still the team to beat in the county and we are not go­ing to be able to close the gap with the out-of-county games. All the Calvert County teams like Hunt­ing­town and North­ern are tough, but we have to con­tinue to de­velop and com­pete.”


McDonough head coach Michael Fer­riter speaks to his boys lacrosse team in prac­tice on Thurs­day as they pre­pare for the 2017 sea­son. The Rams open the sea­son on the road at 5 p.m. to­day ver­sus county foe Lackey in In­dian Head.

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