St. Mary's junior Will Dalton still wonders how his life would be had he accepted an offer to play semipro hockey in Ottawa, Canada, his freshman year. Instead, Dalton stayed home and stuck with his new sport, lacrosse.
"It came natural to me," said Dalton, who lives on the Eastern Shore and gained hockey exposure through the Washington Little Caps. "I enjoy the team, and St. Mary's is a big-name lacrosse program, and my uncle came here. College-wise, I figured I might have a better opportunity with lacrosse."
He was right. Dalton, a 245-pound midfielder and a lineman for the football team, has received letters from the University of Virginia, Syracuse, North Carolina, Penn State, Notre Dame and other colleges. He was integral in leading the Saints to last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference title.
"Looking back on it now, I still wonder how I would do," he said. "But I think I made a good decision."
JV Program at Meade
For the first time in at least five years, Meade has a junior varsity boys' lacrosse program. Assistant coach Drake Norbeck works at MacArthur Middle, and JV coach Bill Rothe teaches at Meade Middle. Both have been recruiting heavily, and Norbeck also is working to start a feeder program through the Severn Athletic Club. The Mustangs last year earned their first win in three seasons.
"It really doesn't do anything for us this year, but for the years to come, it will help out a lot," Coach Joe Dennis said. "We're trying to recruit as much as we can."
The Name Game
Broadneck could be the only team in the state with two players named Beau, and Coach Clay White said they could be his two best. Junior Beau Davis, who moved from attack to midfield, is the team's leading returning scorer, and senior Beau Nickerson joins him in the midfield.
Since Key will be joining the MIAA B Conference next year, the Obezags have scheduled local B Conference teams Annapolis Area Christian and Spalding this year. Key lost to the Eagles last week and will face Spalding on the road April 10. . . . The St. Mary's-Severn boys' matchup is set for May 6 at St. Mary's at 4 p.m. . . . Severna Park will travel to South River, the only county team that beat the state boys' runner-up last year, in the season closer May 2.