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Reflections on victory . . .

No one knows the pain of Maryland’s Men’s Lacrosse’s long suffering history more than Louis Dubick.

That’s because Maryland Lacrosse runs through Dubick’s blood. He’s a third-generation Terrapin; both his father and grandfather played for the team without winning the championship. But everything changed this past Memorial Day when Maryland Men’s lacrosse accomplished something they came so close to but fell short of doing in the past 42 years: winning a national title.

Dubick was part of the Maryland team that won the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship on May 29, defeating fellow Big Ten opponent Ohio State, 9-6. “It’s amazing. You work so hard for so many years growing up as a kid, and it’s an unreal feeling. It’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life,” he said.

This past season, as a sophomore, Dubick, appeared in 16 games as an extra man specialist, totaling three goals and two assists, while he had seven points on five goals and two assists in 19 games during his freshman year in 2016.

Maryland won their first NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship since 1975, but according to Dubick, the team didn’t talk about the 42-year drought too much.

“Having the alumni seeing it, looking back at it it’s just a special feeling. Really couldn’t be more happy with our players, coaches, alumni, and everyone involved with the Maryland Lacrosse program,” he said.

Dubick, a finance major at the University of Maryland, grew up in Potomac with his parents, Marc and Draga, and his siblings, Bethany and Eliot, but what makes Louis’s family special is that it’s filled with College Park lacrosse history. His father Marc was a member of the Maryland team from 1981 to 1983 (a year the Terps reached the Final Four), and his grandfather Harry played for Maryland in 1950 and 1951. Harry died in 2014, but Louis was proud to win the title in his honor.

“I grew up watching Maryland Lacrosse. It’s pretty cool to win it for him and for my dad. My family’s been part of the program forever,” he said.

Marc, who is currently the president of Bethesda Lacrosse, is very proud of Louis for ending the drought. “As a father, alum and former player, I couldn’t be more proud with this tremendous achievement,” he said. “I’m really excited for my son, his team, the coaches, and the entire Maryland Lacrosse community.”

Dubick attended Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, where he was a member of the varsity boys lacrosse team under head coach Jeff Fritz from his freshman year in 2012 to his senior year in 2015, and became the all-time leader in points (506), goals (254), and assists (252) in Maryland high school lacrosse history.

Not only is Dubick the first Churchill alum to win a DI National Lacrosse Championship, but he is also the first player from MCPS to accomplish that feat. Fritz is extremely proud of what Dubick has been able to accomplish throughout his playing career.

“I cannot say I am surprised because we saw how special Louis was the first day he was at Churchill,” Fritz said. “Not only did he have tremendous skill and lacrosse IQ, but he was by far the hardest worker we ever had! He was always the first person to practice and the last to leave the field! Therefore no one, and I mean no one, deserves and has earned what he has accomplished and due to that I could not be more proud!”

In addition to being elected vice president in high school as a senior, Dubick led Churchill to a 59-11 record in four seasons, including two trips to the Maryland state semifinals and a championship game appearance during his senior year. Dubick was also an Under Armour AllAmerican in 2015.

“When I decided to attend Churchill, my goal was to show the area that the elite players can play in public school and compete with anyone in the county,” he said. “It shows that anyone can do it no matter where you are.”

However, Dubick was not the only Montgomery County resident to appear in the Final Four of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. Churchill alums Steven Stillwell and Nick Muscarella and Thomas S. Wootton High School alum Matt Hoy were part of Towson’s lacrosse squad that reached the National Semifinals this past May.

After being a part of the 2017 National Championship team, Dubick, who is heading into his junior year at College Park, knows that the journey starts all over again. “It’s going to be a new group of guys,” he said. “I don’t think there will be a type of hangover. Hopefully, we’ll be in store for next year.”

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