From hearing hearing stories of his father’s experiences on Syracuse’s 1983 national champion men’s lacrosse team as a kid to watching his older brother Derek play for the Orange as a freshman this spring, Syracuse lacrosse has been a constant in Dylan Maltz’s life.
Last Friday the Stone Bridge rising junior attackman made sure the Orange would be a part of his future, when he verbally committed to play for Syracuse, becoming the third member of the Maltz family to join Syracuse’s tradition-rich program.
A year ago Maltz excelled as a freshman on Stone Bridge’s varsity team, working in tandem with his brother to lead a potent attack. Together the pair combined for 127 goals and 73 assists.
This spring, with his older brother playing for the Orange, Dylan Maltz shouldered the offensive load for the Bulldogs, piling up 44 goals and 33 assists despite constant double and triple teams. Despite his 5-foot-9, 155-pound frame, the sophomore showed a willingness to get to the crease and take a hit, two qualities that helped him become the lone underclassmen to earn all-American honors at the Northern Region coaches meeting.
Growing up, Dylan heard his father — also named Derek — tell stories of his Syracuse team’s run to the national championship. In 2003, Dylan and his brother served as ball boys in the Carrier Dome at the 1983 team’s 20th anniversary game, furthering their desire to play for the 11-time NCAA tournament champions.
“It’s a tradition,” Dylan Maltz said. “Every since we were younger, we’ve always been wearing orange. It’s kind of hard to go somewhere else when you know that’s the team you want to win no matter what.”
Maltz also considered offers from Johns Hopkins, Ohio State and Penn State, a financial aid offer from Princeton and expected an offer from Maryland, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join his brother in upstate New York.
“When Derek committed there, that did it for me,” Maltz said. “When Derek and I play together, we really click. I can’t really comprehend how awesome it would be to play with him up there.”
With the decision behind him, Maltz can concentrate on helping his young Stone Bridge team improve and challenge for a Liberty District title — the same district that houses three-time Virginia state champions Langley.
“I was never really a believer in practicing how you play until I started practicing 100 percent this season and it really showed in the games,” Maltz said. “I’ve learned that your work ethic will pay off in the long run and I think that will be a key for us at Stone Bridge.”