Collin Tokosch, Broadneck, lacrosse

Q&A --

May 30, 2007

Broadneck's Collin Tokosch is considered one of the county's premier lacrosse defensemen, having garnered the most votes at his position on the public school coaches' All-County team. A three-year starter and team captain, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior is a two-time All-County performer. Throughout his past two seasons, Tokosch never was scored on in one-and-one situations, and he led his team in takeaways and ground balls. He was assigned the opponents' best players and scorers and routinely shut them down. With a 3.6 grade point average, Tokosch, who was a finalist for the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Award, will likely major in business at Salisbury University, where he will play lacrosse.

Why did you choose Salisbury over schools such as Ohio State, Albany, Penn, Bucknell and Dartmouth, which also recruited you?

I liked the fact that nothing is guaranteed with the lacrosse team and that I will have to work for whatever I get. Also, they annually contend for the Division III national championship. I really liked coach Jim Berkman, and two of my Broadneck teammates are also going there in Bobby Jeter and Ryan White.

What's it like being a defenseman while the attack and midfield seem to get all the attention?

We're kind of unsung, but it's our job to make sure the guy across from us doesn't get any points. I was a crease-attack until seventh grade when the Broadneck youth program moved me to defense, and I've been there ever since. I played JV at Broadneck as a freshman, and by my sophomore year, I was a starting defenseman on varsity.

Who did you have some of your best games against?

I held South River's Scott LaRue [an All-County midfielder] and Taylor Caparosa of Annapolis [one of the Panthers' leading scorers] to zero goals in the same week. And the only goals that Severn's Nick Elsmo [two-time All-State and All-Metro midfielder] got were on man-down.

Are you ready as a player for the next level?

Yes, I think so. We've played a lot of the private schools like Severn and St. Mary's in my career, plus the top teams in our county league like [4A-3A state champion] Severna Park, and I feel I am prepared for the next level. I need to work on my stick, hit the weights hard along with the wall and adapt to the speed of the game in college.

What do you like to do when you are not playing or practicing lacrosse?

I like to go out on my dad's boat, and I like to ski.

PAT O'MALLEY

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