'Big-time shooter' Sear is living the dream at No. 5 Maryland

Midfielder gives 'unbelievable effort,' says Terps lacrosse coach

March 26, 2010|By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com

Adam Sear is a long way from home, but he's right where he wants to be.

A native of Perth, Australia, Sear doesn't get many opportunities to visit home. But as a senior playing on the first midfield for the No. 5 Maryland men's lacrosse team, Sear is living the dream.

"It's everything you want," he said. "You play at these kinds of programs because it's where everybody wants to start and play at your position. After three years of playing and not playing too much, getting to the first midfield is nice. You get on the field a lot, and it's great. It's also humbling. It's kind of like, 'Wow, I'm doing what I've wanted to do.' "

Playing on a line that includes senior Will Yeatman and sophomore Jake Bernhardt, Sear has scored five goals and added an assist in six starts. He began the season by recording three goals and one assist in his first three contests but was held without a point in two straight games before scoring twice in last Saturday's 13-7 victory over UMBC.

Sear said he understands what is expected of him.

"The season is so up and down, and you go through so many ups and so many downs," he said. "You go through games where you don't perform the way you want to, and it's disappointing. But that's what the coaches are here for. They believe in you, and they know what you're capable of doing. If they keep sending you out there, that's a bit of confidence in yourself to say, 'Well, the coaches still have confidence in my game, so I should, too.' "

Sear was discovered by Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, who informed Terps coach Dave Cottle. Impressed by Sear's size (6 feet 2, 210 pounds) and shot (clocked at 107 mph), Cottle recruited Sear.

"Adam's one of the best shooters on our team," Cottle said. "He's a big-time shooter. We've got to do a better job of getting him more shots. I just think Adam's been consistent. He's played since the day he got here on the second midfield and third midfield. Whenever he's out there, he gives an unbelievable effort."

Tough competition
Two state Division III programs have top 10 challenges Saturday.

No. 3 Salisbury will take on No. 1 Gettysburg in a meeting between two 9-0 teams. At least the past 10 contests between the Sea Gulls and Bullets have involved the top ranking in the nation, but this is the first time that Gettysburg will be the favorite.

"It's a great game because you're playing a team that is one of the top teams in the country, and you've got to play well for 60 minutes," Salisbury coach Jim Berkman said. "It's a fun game to play in, and I know our guys are looking forward to it, as are their guys. It'll be a real test to see where we stand and where we need to go from there."

When No. 2 Stevenson welcomes No. 7 Roanoke (8-1) to the Caves Athletics Complex in Owings Mills at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Mustangs (8-0) will be playing against their fourth ranked opponent in their past six games.

"We like to play the best teams possible," Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene said. "You've got to play a great schedule NCAA-wise, and for us to play that type of schedule really gets us ready to play the Roanokes and the Salisburys of the world, and we like that. We don't like to play a lot of teams where you win by a ton. We want to play the top teams because we think that's fun to do and it really gets us ready for NCAA play."

Switching sides
P.T. Ricci will be in an unusual position Saturday when Towson (1-4) visits No. 11 Loyola (4-2) at Ridley Athletic Complex. Ricci, who wrapped up a four-year career for the Greyhounds as a long-stick midfielder with a senior season that included a nation-leading 51 caused turnovers and a team-best 91 ground balls, is a volunteer assistant coach for the Tigers.

Ricci, who earned honorable mention All-America recognition and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year award last spring, works with Towson's long-stick midfielders and short-stick defensive midfielders. He acknowledged that it will be strange to stand on the opponents' sideline at Loyola.

"It'll definitely be weird looking over and seeing that Loyola uniform that I was in just a few months ago, and I'm in the black and gold of Towson," he said. "I've talked to a bunch of people from Loyola, and I know I'm probably going to be hassled a lot throughout the game, but it'll be fun, I think."

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