Ben Trapp, Dulaney, lacrosse

Q&A --


On Tuesday of last week, Ben Trapp attended his four classes, including honors English. At 11:15 a.m., the student with a 4.0 grade point average left school, ate a lunch of two turkey sandwiches, then loaded two 48-inch, walk-behind lawn mowers into a blue, 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck. With a friend, Trapp spent the next four exhausting hours mowing 10 lawns in the sun as part of his 40-customer lawn-care business.

Trapp was "dead tired" by 4:45 p.m. while traveling on the team bus to the Baltimore County title game at Hereford. Yet in a game that started at 7, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound long-stick faceoff midfielder and short-stick defender summoned the will to help Dulaney turn a fourth-quarter, two-goal deficit into a 9-8 win.

"Sometimes, I come home and do administrative stuff for my business. Or when there's nothing to do, I'll go downstairs and jam on my bass guitar," said Trapp, 18, once part of a five-member rhythm and blues, and rock band called Nautilus. "But that night, [I] didn't get back home until about 11. So I ate dinner and went to bed."

When did you start playing lacrosse?

When we moved here from Massachusetts in sixth grade to Hunt Valley was the first time I had ever heard of it. A couple of kids I knew played rec at Lutherville. They gave me an old bubble helmet and a stick.

What other sports did you play?

I played soccer until freshman year, when I switched to football. I always wanted to play football, but my mom wouldn't let me until I got to high school. I was sick of soccer. Weekend tournaments were a big strain on my life.

Why did you miss most of last year?

Second scrimmage, I got kneed in the thigh, developed a contusion and was sidelined until maybe the playoffs. In the offseason, coach Jake Reed sent me to faceoff camp. I think my best game was against Towson when I faced off as a long pole, then got back to close defense. If we got a flag, I'd get my short pole and go back on the field.

Were you surprised at being named a team captain?

I'm not a real loud guy, but maybe I lead by example. Everyone put three names on a slip of paper and I was one of the guys nominated. I guess when I put my mind to being a difference-maker, I step up, try to help the team in any way.

What are your college plans?

I'm going to business school at the University of Baltimore downtown. It's the first year they're doing a four-year college. I can take the light rail down and continue my lawn business. If I have time, maybe I'll take out my bass and start jamming again.


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