Ashburn, Va. (April 29, 2015) — It’s often said that it’s better to be lucky than good. In the case of Stone Bridge High School alumnus Dylan Maltz, he’s usually had a healthy dose of both.
At lacrosse, Maltz has always been good. As a Bulldog, he was named an All-American by both US Lacrosse and Under Armour. He set the school’s career record for goals, with 190, and for assists, with 130. His acumen qualified him to suit up for two of college lacrosse’s best teams, first for Syracuse University, now for the University of Maryland.
Being good at lacrosse runs in his family. His father, Derek Sr., was good enough to walk on at Syracuse and help the Orangemen win their first national championship in 1983. His brother, Derek Jr., was good enough to earn a scholarship to Syracuse, becoming one of that prestigious program’s most prominent performers for a four-year span ending last season – and then he was good enough for the professional game with the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse.
There’s even a little brother on the way, as 14-year-old Danny – who looks to be pretty good himself – percolates up through the local youth lacrosse system and into Stone Bridge.
But also, there’s the lucky side. By his own admission, Dylan Maltz has had fortune smile upon him for much of his athletic career – largely because of the chances (plural) he’s had to play alongside his older brother.
“That was always our dream when we were growing up, to play on the same team. There’s nothing quite like that,” Maltz said. “It was an unbelievable experience to play with Derek.”
The brothers shared a year together at Stone Bridge, when Derek was a senior and Dylan a freshman – then duplicated the arrangement four years later in upstate New York.
“He’s not only my brother, he’s my best friend. So having him with me has been awesome,” Maltz said. “We have so many memories from Stone Bridge and from Syracuse, and now we’re making more with him visiting me at Maryland. It’s awesome having such a supportive brother like Derek.”
Another stroke of luck came Maltz’s way just recently. On April 25, Maltz got to be part of the hottest, fiercest rivalry in college lacrosse when his University of Maryland Terrapins hosted the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins University.
Viva Loudoun was on the scene for the coverage of that huge tilt, with an album of photographs by Steven Holland.
“That was unbelievable,” said Maltz about the experience of playing in The Rivalry, as the meeting is often simply called. “There were so many fans there, we could hear our crowd so loud the whole time. It was an awesome experience.”
Though the Terrapins fell to Hopkins in seesaw fashion, 15-12, for just the Terps’ second setback in 14 contests this spring, Maltz has enjoyed a productive campaign. Manning an attack position and initiating the offense from behind the net, he has been a starter in all 13 games he’s played, scoring 10 goals (including one game-winner) to go with three assists.
Meanwhile, Maryland – ranked nationally at No. 6 this week, and owner of six wins over ranked foes – is in heavy contention for the Big Ten’s regular season title in the school’s first year in the league, with an enormously important game against Ohio State coming up April 30.
“I couldn’t be happier. This team has done a great job,” he said, before quickly turning his focus to the huge games on the Terps’ immediate horizon. “We’re really focused and prepared coming into this game against Ohio State on Thursday.”
Last year, in his first and only season toiling for Syracuse, Maltz got into six games and tallied three goals, including a marker in the Orange’s two-point win over Hopkins. For a series of personal reasons, he opted to transfer, and feels fortunate to have landed in Maryland, much closer to home.
“I enjoyed my year at Syracuse and playing with my brother,” he said. “Now I’m at Maryland and I love it here…. It’s definitely great that my parents are saving so much time not having to go all that way.”
Maltz said the proximity of College Park lets him join mom Patricia for lunch, or play a round of golf with his dad, or see his little brother develop his own game.
“Also my older brother has been to every single one of my home games, so that’s really meant a lot,” he said.
What else means a lot to Maltz is the legacy he and his brother, along with their Bulldog teammates under veteran coach Scott Mitchell, left for the sport of lacrosse at Stone Bridge.
“Coach Mitchell willed us together and brought us to a great record,” Maltz said. “I know they’re doing really well again this year. It feels pretty special to be a part of that.”
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