Turner, Hochstadt driven by tradition

April 09, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Chris Turner, a Fallston resident, is the son of a former lacrosse all-star, and Scott Hochstadt, of Columbia, the son of a collegiate All-American.

Together, driven by the legacy of their fathers, they're a potent force for top-ranked Boys' Latin (9-0, 4-0).

Lakers coach Bob Shriver likens Turner to his father, Charlie "Chooch" Turner, an aggressive attackman and faceoff specialist for Severn in the late 1960s who led the Admirals to a Maryland Scholastic Association crown.

"He's a great feeder, and a smart, heady, intelligent player, very similar to the way his father was," said Shriver, a 1969 Boys' Latin graduate who played against "Chooch" Turner.

"My father's pretty well-known in the lacrosse world, and it's actually pretty great to be compared to him," said Chris Turner. "He was so good that I strive to be on that level. Knowing that we're alike kind of gives me a boost."

Similarly, Hochstadt aspires to achieve the greatness of his father, Ira, a former All-American defenseman for the University of Maryland -- the school his son will play for next spring.

"Chris's dad and my dad played together and against each other on a bunch of all-star teams and in masters leagues," said Hochstadt. "My father put a lacrosse stick in my hands real early, and I started playing when I was 7. But the only pressure to play comes from within: I love the game."

Hochstadt, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, sometimes lines up against his 6-foot father during impromptu one-on-one scrimmages.

"He's got a lot of knowledge about what a defenseman might try to do against me," Hochstadt said. "And because the man's well over 200 pounds and built like a tank, it toughens me up."

The 6-3, 170-pound Turner, who is headed for UMBC, had the look of a varsity player as a freshman before breaking his leg playing soccer and missing the entire year.

The next season, Shriver said, Turner ranked "fourth or fifth" on the varsity depth chart, but elected to start on the JV.

"They wound up winning the championship, and I think that worked out best for him," Shriver said. "He came up to varsity last year and settled right into a starting role."

Turner earned second-team All-City/County honors with last year's 24-goal, 48-assist performance. He has 17 goals and 18 assists this year, including two each in goals and assists in an 8-7 victory over No. 4 Loyola.

"It's not unusual for Chris to have more assists than goals, because he does so many things well," Shriver said. "Whether it's picking up ground balls or being a terrific rider, he shows skills that aren't taught."

While Turner's the ammunition, Hochstadt's the trigger. The team captain and a four-year varsity player, Hochstadt's seen action alternately on attack and in the midfield during his career.

"He's our most complete player, very steady at midfield," said Shriver. "He's a very good defensive player who does things that are very critical to our success."

As a freshman, Hochstadt was a third-team midfielder on a squad that lost the tournament crown by a goal to St. Paul's. He ranked second in scoring as a sophomore attackman on the semifinal loser to Loyola and was an All-Metro midfielder/attackman on last year's semifinal loser to eventual champ Gilman.

Hochstadt scored 26 goals and had 17 assists last year, and his experience has made him the focal point of most scouting reports -- a fact he considers an honor.

"I'll get a lot of double-teams as soon as I touch the ball, but I just keep driving, digging up ground balls for my teammates, pushing the ball into the attack, or just playing the defensive midfield," said Hochstadt, whose has eight goals and 10 assists but averages five ground balls.

Whether delivering a critical hit, scooping a ball from the dirt, or preaching the program's tradition to his sophomore car pool buddy and defenseman John Glatzel, also from Howard County, Hochstadt's leadership is invaluable.

"My role this year is to sacrifice the glory for my team, even if it means not scoring as much," said Hochstadt. " .. . . . I've been close to winning the championship, so whatever is asked of me, I'll do it to win."

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