Churchill’s Louis Dubick won’t be sneaking up on any Montgomery County lacrosse teams in his sophomore season. Last spring, the attackman racked up a county-best 98 points as a ninth-grader to help the Bulldogs to their first state tournament berth in a decade before offering his oral commitment to the University of Maryland.
But so far the full attention of opposing defenses hasn’t been enough to slow Dubick’s rapid offensive pace. In Thursday’s 13-11 win over Walter Johnson, he finished with seven goals and two assists, scoring the game-winning goal with six minutes left in a Montgomery 4A South matchup in Bethesda.
“I just like to have the ball on my stick, and I think my teammates trust me,” said Dubick, who already has 29 goals and 23 assists in six victories. “It’s not always going to be me, but I have a lot of confidence in myself to take it if I feel like I have the hot hand.”
Churchill (6-0) had cruised through its first five games without a real test, but in a rivalry game, the Bulldogs needed Dubick to take charge down the stretch to keep their perfect record intact.
For much of the afternoon, Walter Johnson’s defensive game plan worked, switching between zone and man-to-man schemes to force Churchill into outside shots. The Wildcats (5-1) held an 11-10 fourth-quarter advantage before Dubick flipped the script and finished the game on a personal 3-0 run.
Junior Steven Stillwell came up with a key faceoff win after the Wildcats took their final lead, and Dubick scored 22 seconds later to even the score with 7:35 left. The team’s leading scorer gave the defending Maryland 4A/3A West champs the lead for good when he made a sharp cut, dashed in on cage and slotted a shot into the lower right corner of the net.
With 1:09 left, Dubick also added the insurance goal that clinched the victory on a day when Churchill, which also got two goals apiece from seniors Matt Leonard and Connor Martin, was pushed to the brink.
“He’s just real cool, calm and collected,” Coach Jeff Fritz said of Dubick. “Nothing rattles him. He steps up when it’s time to step up.”
Walter Johnson (5-1) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead to build confidence and hung tough in what became a back-and-forth contest.
Churchill never led until midway through the third quarter, and the Wildcats reclaimed the lead on a goal by junor Andy Weissman (three goals) off a pass from classmate Jordan Cooper (two goals, three assists) but couldn’t hold the advantage.
“We never were intimidated,” Walter Johnson Coach Alan Pohoryles said. “At least we know that we can play with anybody in the county.”