In the garage of Dylan Maltz’s house in Ashburn, there’s a white dry erase board that Maltz’s father maintains. On it are all of Dylan’s stats, compiled over the course of four seasons at Stone Bridge.
Next to Dylan’s stats are those of his brother Derek, now a junior attackman at Syracuse, who graduated from the Ashburn school in 2010. Amongst Derek’s statistics on the white board are his career totals: 98 assists, 159 goals, 255 points. All three, until this season, were school records.
Dylan, the Bulldogs senior, managed to snag all three of those Stone Bridge records this season. The assist record, which Dylan broke March 21 against Broad Run, was the first of the three to fall, followed soon after by the points record, which came April 5 against Jefferson, and the goals record, which fell April 8 against Westfield.
“In the Westfield game I needed three goals, and honestly I wasn’t thinking about it at all because that game was such a hard fought battle,” Dylan said. “We were down most of the game, so I wasn’t worried about [the record], I was just trying to worry about taking my team to get the victory, and we wound up winning and I wound up having seven goals and an assist, so I passed it by quite the margin. Honestly, I was just excited for the team with the victory we had.”
With 112 assists, 168 goals and 280 points, Dylan is now well past his brother in all three career categories. As a freshman, Dylan got to watch his brother set all three records, as well as a handful of others that still stand like most goals in a game or goals in a season. As a freshman Dylan scored 54 goals and had 34 assists, second-best in both categories behind his brother. Even then, Derek knew it wouldn’t be long before his records would be eclipsed by Dylan.
“I would always joke around with him because he had such an unbelievable freshman season, and when I set those records as a senior I knew it was only a matter of time before he was going to catch them,” Derek said. “I would always joke, saying ‘Dude you can’t catch me when you’re a sophomore. You’re making me look bad.’ But he’s an awesome player and it’s awesome to see him wind up breaking those now that he’s a senior.”
Next season, the brothers will be reunited on the field once again, this time on the turf of Syracuse’s Carrier Dome where the Orange plays its home games. Having already played together three years ago, the chance to do so again is something both brothers said they’re looking forward to even more the second time around. Dylan will be the third Maltz to play lacrosse at Syracuse, behind his brother and father, the latter of which won an NCAA title with the Orange in 1983.
Before he heads off to college, Dylan has four more regular season games, plus the playoffs, to extend his Stone Bridge records, putting his brother further and further in the rear-view mirror while at the same time setting a high bar for Danny Maltz, the youngest of the three brothers, who will begin his own high school statistics section on the Maltz’s white board when he enters Stone Bridge in the fall of 2015.
“[Dylan] just wants to rub it in to his brother a little bit,” said Stone Bridge Coach Scott Mitchell, who coached both brothers in high school. “I think on top of that is [Dylan], he really looks up to [Derek], and he definitely wants to make his brother proud. The third aspect is that Danny is coming not far after. . . . I think he wants to make it so Danny can’t come close to it, and he wants to cement his legacy as one of the best players to come through.”
With Tuesday’s 12-6 win over Paul VI, Gonzaga has now beaten the next three teams in the poll and five of the current Top 10. Senior Joe Fitzpatrick had four goals in the latest marquee victory. . . . Spalding has taken its lumps in the perennially tough MIAA-A with three straight losses to teams ranked in the Top 20 of U.S. Lacrosse’s national poll. . . . Landon and Georgetown Prep meet in one of the area’s top rivalry games on Friday afternoon in Bethesda.
1. Gonzaga (12-2) LW: 1
2. Landon (7-5) LW: 2
3. Paul VI Catholic (11-2) LW: 3
4. Georgetown Prep (12-4) LW: 6
5. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (7-4) LW: 4
6. St. Mary’s-Annapolis (5-4) LW: 5
7. South River (7-2) LW: 9
8. Arundel (9-0) LW: 10
9. Spalding (10-5) LW: 7
10. DeMatha (8-4) LW: NR
Dropped out: No. 8 St. Mary’s Ryken (10-4)
Bubble: Churchill (7-0), Chesapeake (8-1), Chantilly (9-1)