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Churchill lacrosse team sets record for college recruits

Churchill Bulldogs logoFor the past decade, Winston Churchill High School in Potomac has had a remarkable boys lacrosse program filled with many college commits and regional titles. This year was no different.

This past year, Churchill’s boys lacrosse program saw five of its seniors commit to playing in college: Brady Altobello, Ryan Leonard, Jack Taylor, Reed Moshyedi, and Jimmy Rubino.

According to head coach Jeff Fritz, they are the most recruits Churchill has had in one season, as no other public Montgomery County school has ever had more than two Division I recruits in a single year.

“These five were great gentlemen both on and off the field and I have no doubt in my mind that they will be successful in life,” Fritz said. “They were great leaders both on and off the field, in the classroom, and in the community!”

Altobello, 18, will play at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. One of his goals is winning a conference championship.

“My whole life I’ve been playing lacrosse,” Brady said, “and it’s basically everything I know.”

Brady is the younger brother of twins Derek and Michael, who graduated from Churchill in 2015 and also played for the program, though Brady only tried to emulate one of them.

“Mostly Derek because I tried to beat his stats,” Brady explained.

Altobello was one of these recent graduates who started at junior varsity and moved up to varsity beginning in the 2015 postseason.

Leonard, 18, moved up to varsity behind future University of Maryland champion Louis Dubick.

“It was a good chance to develop,” Leonard said. “Playing with my bros I’ve been friends with since third grade. Getting to see how everyone was doing along the way and getting closer each year.”

Ryan will continue lacrosse at Towson University, where his older brother Matt, a Churchill class of 2013 graduate, also played. Ryan hopes to win a national championship with the Towson Tigers one day.

“He was able to set an example for me,” said Ryan on his older brother. “I kept the game of lacrosse for Churchill in the family, and was able to keep that name on the board.”

Taylor, 18, spent all four seasons on varsity, and will take his talents to Brown University, alongside Moshyedi, his teammate and friend.

“It’s awesome,” Taylor said, “just because we were already good friends, and the lacrosse part just added to it.”

Reed is yet another commit with older brothers with Churchill lacrosse experience, as Matt, a Class of ’14 grad, and Cameron, a Class of ’12 grad, both played under Coach Fritz as well.

Finally, Rubino has had a number of accomplishments, including playing in the Epoch IL Committed Academy in 2017. He will spend his college lacrosse tenure at the Naval Academy.

For the past four seasons, all five of these men were part of the team’s Maryland 4A West Regional Title wins, and for three of the past four, got a taste of the 4A State Championship Game.

Though they were able to reach the finals, they were unsuccessful in claiming the title, losing to Howard in 2015, and Severna Park in 2017 and 2018, and Fritz has also been through it all.

“It was an absolute honor working with this senior class of ’18,” Fritz said. “I’m just sorry we were unable to win a state championship for them. They deserved it!”

Taylor described the championship runs as a growth experience. “They did so much to prepare us,” he said. “Even though we didn’t win, we put up a hell of a fight. The amount of brotherhood we built as a team with the coaches and with each other, that kind of experience makes it all worth it. It’s great to stick with each other.”

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