After one dominant high school season, Winston Churchill's Louis Dubick already has decided where he plans to play college lacrosse.
Montgomery County's leader in goals and points as a ninth grader, Dubick gave his verbal commitment to the University of Maryland, College Park, in late July and now has three more years to focus his attention on refining his game at Churchill.
In spite of his youth, Dubick's strong freshman season drew plenty of attention.
“It was overwhelming,” he said. “As a young kid, I always wanted to play college lacrosse and suddenly my phone started ringing off the hook and I realize, 'Wow, this could really happen.' It's a dream come true for me.”
The talented attacker will be a third-generation Terrapin. His father played for Maryland in the 1980s and his grandfather did so in the 1960s.
Once the recruiting period opened, Dubick said he received 20-25 phone calls from colleges. He realized that despite being one year into high school, it was time to make a decision.
After sifting through the calls and messages, Dubick narrowed his list to three: Maryland, the University of North Carolina and Johns Hopkins.
“Obviously I wanted to play top-tier Division I lacrosse, I wanted to go to a great academic school and I wanted to be a part of something that was bigger than myself,” Dubick said.
Dubick, whose parents Marc and Draga as well as a wealth of high school and club coaches helped him through the process, said he doesn't mind playing close to home and that he felt as if he was a member of the family after meeting with Maryland coach John Tillman.
“I'm excited. It's a long way away. Getting this over with now shows I am good enough. I just need to push myself harder and try to make myself better so that three years from now, I'm prepared,” Dubick said.
Dubick, who scored 50 goals and added 48 assists last season, has reason to not only be excited about the prospect of attending Maryland — which has reached back-to-back national championship games in men's lacrosse — but for next season at Churchill as well.
Joining Dubick on the attack are senior Matt Leonard (Towson) and junior Matt Mosheydi, comprising what will likely be the most dangerous offense in the league.
“The stress was a lot until I made the decision. It's planning my life for the next seven years,” Dubick said. “It's relaxing and I can focus on winning a state championship with Churchill. Trying to get better myself and trying to make the team better. We've got a great team coming back. I think we have the three best attackers in the county returning. We're trying to go back to states and try to take the next step and win a state championship.”
Churchill so far has sent four athletes to play Division I lacrosse, with Dubick becoming the fifth in 2015.
“Louie, he's a winner,” Churchill coach Jeff Fritz said. “He wants to win. He wants to be at the highest level and win championships. It's real exciting for us at Churchill to sign close to home and playing for a great coach.”