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Loudoun isn't known for lacrosse yet, but the Maltz family is

Above, Stone Bridge's Derek Maltz, left, chats with brother Dylan during a lacrosse game against Langley on Tuesday. Dylan Maltz is the only freshman on the Stone Bridge team. At left, their father, Derek Maltz Sr., playing at Syracuse in the 1980s.
Above, Stone Bridge's Derek Maltz, left, chats with brother Dylan during a lacrosse game against Langley on Tuesday. Dylan Maltz is the only freshman on the Stone Bridge team. At left, their father, Derek Maltz Sr., playing at Syracuse in the 1980s. (Jahi Chikwendiu/the Washington Postsyracuse University Athletic Communications)
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"When you look back a few years, it was pretty unheard of to see a big-time recruit out of Loudoun County," the younger Maltz said. "That says something for the kids in the area working hard at it -- strong-willed kids who will do anything to play at the next level. The competitiveness of everyone around here is just pushing everyone to get better. Loudoun County is getting on the radar."

'One-man wrecking crew'

With 11 seniors on the roster, this is the year the Bulldogs expect to break out and challenge AAA Liberty District heavyweights Langley and Madison. They rely on Maltz to lead a balanced attack that includes his younger brother Dylan, the lone freshman on the team. But it's no secret that Stone Bridge's success is closely tied to Derek Maltz's play; through three games, he was leading the team with 13 goals and seven assists. (Dylan Maltz was second on the team with 12 goals.)

"He needs to be leashed in a way, because he wants to be on every single run, midfield, attack -- he won't come off," Mitchell said of Derek. "He's the type of person that needs to be pulled back every once in a while, because he'll just keep going."

That quality was on full display Tuesday against defending Virginia state champion Langley. Moments after Dylan Maltz had tied the score at 10 early in the fourth quarter, Derek Maltz limped off the field with a cramp in his left leg. Eager to get back into the fray, he stretched out his leg while chugging water and devouring a banana. For a moment, he appeared ready to reenter, but then his exhaustion struck again, causing him to double over on the sideline and vomit. Unfazed, he returned to the field a few minutes later and scored his third goal of the game in the final seconds as the Bulldogs (2-1) lost, 13-11.

"He's kind of a one-man wrecking crew," said Langley Coach Earl Brewer, who focused his defense on bottling up Derek Maltz. "He's a real warrior."

That ability is what caught the eye of scouts at showcase events and tournaments with area club team Blackwolf Lacrosse over the past two years. As Maltz continues to hone his body and skill set, he'll begin to feel the rush of that May afternoon in Foxborough once again. But when he takes the field with Syracuse, a 10-time national champion, for the first time next year, he realizes he'll be doing more than just continuing the family legacy, he said.

"I'm just trying to show every young kid that if you work hard, you can go places, no matter if you're from Loudoun County, Long Island, Baltimore or anywhere else," Maltz said. "You don't need to come from a hotbed area to succeed at the next level. Hopefully, they look up to me, and we'll start to see more kids from this area earning scholarships at top programs."


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