Harris is find­ing her foot­ing

Broad­neck alum feels con­fi­dent as 2nd ACL tear has fully healed

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Ed­ward Lee

Jan. 20 is a day Bri­anna Harris has learned to dread.

On that day in 2013, the An­napo­lis res­i­dent tore her left ACL as a fresh­man at Broad­neck. On that day in 2018, she tore her right ACL as a sopho­more at the Univer­sity of Florida.

“I’m afraid of that day,” the red­shirt ju­nior said Wednesday with a laugh. “The day be­fore, ev­ery year, I go up to [team trainer] Tommy [Stich], and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t do it.’ And he’s like, ‘Calm down. You’re fine. It’s OK. That’s just a weird case of luck.’

“And he’s right be­cause af­ter ev­ery prac­tice on Jan. 20, he comes up to me and says, ‘An­other year down.’ ”

Harris’ 2020 cam­paign got off to a strong start when she scored a ca­reer-high five goals in the No. 12 Ga­tors’ 11-10 win against then-No. 18 Colorado on Satur­day. She also col­lected a team-best seven draw con­trols for Florida (1-0), which vis­its No. 2 Mary­land (1-0) on Satur­day at noon in Col­lege Park.

Harris made her sea­son de­but at at­tack, where she be­came a more con­sis­tent pres­ence to­ward the end of last spring. She cred­ited coach Amanda O’Leary and Stich with mov­ing her from mid­field to avoid task­ing her with play­ing of­fense and de­fense on her sur­gi­cally re­paired knee.

Harris, who ranked third on the team in as­sists (22), fourth in draw con­trols (40) and fifth in points (43) and ground balls (27) last year, said Satur­day’s per­for­mance has served to validate what she has been think­ing in­ter­nally.

“I feel as strong as I did when I was in high school,” Harris said. “I feel as con­fi­dent and as dom­i­nant as I did in high school.

“Get­ting those num­bers don’t nec­es­sar­ily mat­ter to me, but the num­bers do kind of show I am do­ing as well as I feel.”

Mary­land’s Wis­nauskas ‘an ex­tra coach’

It’s early, but red­shirt ju­nior at­tack­man Lo­gan Wis­nauskas leads No. 4 Mary­land (2-0) in goals (nine) and points (14) head­ing into Satur­day’s game against No. 6 Penn (0-0) at noon at Mary­land Sta­dium in Col­lege Park.

The Sykesville res­i­dent and Boys’ Latin grad­u­ate has posted seven points in each of the team’s two games, in­clud­ing three goals and four as­sists in Satur­day’s 14-13 over­time vic­tory at No. 19 Rich­mond.

Coach John Till­man said Wis­nauskas is reap­ing the re­wards of his off­sea­son work.

“His pas­sion to play and his in­vest­ment are huge and are pay­ing big div­i­dends for him be­cause he’s de­vel­oped not only as a player and an ath­lete, but it’s like hav­ing an ex­tra coach on the field,” Till­man said. “He gets ev­ery­body in the right spots. We just have a ton of con­fi­dence in him.”

Tow­son’s Maloof ea­ger to play

Mid­fielder Grant Maloof, who was forced to sit out Tow­son’s 15-7 loss at No. 11 Johns Hop­kins on Satur­day to re­tain his el­i­gi­bil­ity for his red­shirt se­nior sea­son, is poised to make his de­but Satur­day in the team’s home opener against Mount St. Mary’s (0-1) at noon at Johnny Uni­tas Sta­dium in Tow­son.

Maloof, a David­sonville res­i­dent and South River grad­u­ate, fin­ished last spring ranked fifth on the Tigers in goals (24) and points (35).

Ground balls

Sam Shafer’s 15 saves in Satur­day’s 12-9 loss at No. 2 Vir­ginia were the most by a Loy­ola Mary­land first-time start­ing goal­keeper in a sea­son opener since Michael Fretwell fin­ished with 19 in a 7-5 loss to Tow­son on Feb. 26, 2005.

Ju­nior mid­fielder Luke Frankeny’s five goals in Mount St. Mary’s 14-8 set­back at Delaware on Satur­day one-upped his pre­vi­ous all-time best of four, scored against Tow­son in 2018 and Rich­mond in 2019.

Eboni Pre­ston Lau­rent, who grew up in New Wind­sor and grad­u­ated from West­min­ster, was one of three for­mer ath­letes in­ducted into the St. Bonaventur­e Hall of Fame on Feb. 1.

Lau­rent, who is the daugh­ter of Bal­ti­more Sun colum­nist Mike Pre­ston, is the pro­gram’s all-time leader in vic­to­ries (26) and starts (48) and ranks third in saves (540).

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