Nike/US Lacrosse Boys' Mid-Atlantic Season Rewind
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Year-End Top 10
Shack Stanwick will follow brother Wells to Johns Hopkins after leading Boys' Latin to a perfect season and national No. 1 ranking in 2014. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)
Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year
Shack Stanwick, Boys' Latin (Md.)
Boys' Latin (Md.) senior Shack Stanwick capped an already stellar career with an impressive list of accomplishments.
He finished as Boys' Latin's all-time leading scorer, posted the single best season in program history, helped the Lakers to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A title, a national No. 1 ranking in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Top 25 with an undefeated season and earned a treasure trove of personal awards, including US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year.
Stanwick finished his senior season with 118 points on 72 assists and 46 goals, breaking the single season scoring record and finishing with 334 career points (197 assists, 137 goals), which is also a school record. He averaged 6.56 points per game in the Lakers' 18-0 season and never scored fewer than four in any game.
A four-year starter, Stanwick is the youngest of eight siblings with the first seven all having enjoyed standout college careers.
"Ironically when he [Shack] was a freshman he was deferring to his older brother Wells, because he was a senior," Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said. "As time moved forward we still had some quality players down on attack, but as time went on Shack started to exert his influence and that culminated in the last two years."
Those last two years may have been two of the more dominant seasons in high school lacrosse's recent memory. The Lakers went 37-1 and reached the MIAA A finals in each of those years. They were 16-1 against teams in the Top 25 and spent all but one week as the national No. 1 team in the nation. And Stanwick was the best player.
"For the last two years we've gotten everybody's best shots," Shriver said. "We have a lot of kids that just love to play - and Shack loves putting the helmet on and going out every practice."
A player of Stanwick's ilk, while not common, is something that even Shriver who has been at Boys' Latin for 38 years recognizes immediately.
"The first time he showed up as a freshman I knew he was going to be good," Shriver said. "One thing all the Stanwick boys have is tremendous stick skills. I tell people all the time to tell me what his natural hand is. From the first time you see him play and you watch the remarkable skills he has with both hands you're left saying, Jiminy Christmas. He's just that good."
The post-season has been kind to Stanwick as well. He was named The Baltimore Sun's Male Athlete of the Year, won the C. Markland Kelly Award winner as Maryland's top high school lacrosse player, earned Baltimore Sun All-Metro boys' lacrosse Player of the Year and is an Under Armour All-American. He has also been considered the nation's No. 1 player in his graduation year by several media outlets since he was a sophomore.
"If you look back at BL's history, one of the areas we've had talented players is the attack position. In my 35 years we've had seven guys win the C. Markland Kelly award and five of them are attackmen," Shriver said. "I'd say emphatically that Shack is in the conversation to be among the top players at Boys' Latin of all time. The records speaks for itself. To go out the way he and his teammates went out this season is phenomenal."
The Stanwick name is legendary in the Baltimore area and includes Steele who was awarded the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's best college player in 2011, Sheehan, Wick and Coco who were All-American's in college, Tad who played at Rutgers, Wells who is currently at Johns Hopkins and sister Covie who is at Boston College.
Shack is the last of the siblings and in some way closes out an era.
"There's a lot of pressure to be a Stanwick in this area," Shriver said. "Shack closed out his families career in storybook style."
Stanwick will join Wells at Johns Hopkins next season.
There was unfinished business in Morristown, N.J. entering the 2014 season. Delbarton (N.J.), which lost only one game last year, but was stunned in the Non-Public A boys' semifinal by Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) had one goal when the season started - a Tournament of Champions title.
That may have been a lofty goal for a team that did return any starters.
"It was interesting from the start. We didn't have any returning starters or any actual leadership roles on the field," coach Chuck Ruebling said. "All that evolved as the season went along. This was a group that set its goal as the ToC. I said that's great, but lets win a couple games first."
The season started with a rematch against Seton Hall Prep and a Delbarton 10-9 overtime win, but after four games the Green Wave was 2-2 with a loss to Summit (N.J.) and St. Anthony's (N.Y.).
"We started 2-2 with and they [the players] lost a little bit of confidence. We took clusters of games, four games at a time, and focused on winning those games," Ruebling said. "Then we focused on the country tournament. I think that took the burden off. I can't say we had many valleys. We had a pretty positive slope throughout the season in terms of improvement. We were working hard, but it was relatively smooth sailing."
After the loss to St. Anthony's (N.Y.) on April 5, Delbarton rolled off 13-straight wins that included two victories over Group 1 champion Mountain Lakes (N.J.) and a win over Connecticut Class L quarterfinalist Fairfield Prep (Conn.). The only bump in the road was a 9-8 double overtime loss to CHSAA AAA champion Chaminade (N.Y.) on May 17.
The Green Wave proceeded to down Seton Hall Prep in the Non-Public semifinals and ended Bergen Catolic's undefeated season with a double overtime 6-5 win to capture the championship and earn a spot in the Tournament of Champions playoff. They handled Group 3 champion Ridgewood 12-6 to set up a rematch against Summit, which came into the game 23-1 and riding a 21 game winning streak.
"We recognized we both were two different teams from game two of the season. We felt the first game was a winnable game for us. We just made too many mistakes to win that game," Ruebling said. "Summit was the ultimate challenge. There's a natural motivation in playing Summit, We have history on the field and we have a few players who reside in Summit."
Delbarton erased a 3-2 halftime deficit by scoring four straight goals in the third quarter to defeat Summit 7-5 in the championship. The title was the Green Wave's first ToC title since 2006 and fourth overall. Emmet Cordrey scored three goals and Jack Crowley scored two goals in the victory.
"They backed their goal up with how ready they were as a senior class. It was our largest senior class ever with 21 seniors," Ruebling said. "They were all in together. It wasn't easy - half or more did not get significant playing time, but they were all in it for each other. They set that goal and the follow through was spectacular."
2014 Mid-Atlantic Region Report Archive
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