COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Brett Makar was a two-time All-American while playing at Yorktown, before graduating from there in 2018.
He has continued that stellar level of play at the University of Maryland (5-1), which ended a virus-shortened season as the No. 7 team in the country.
Makar was named an honor-mention selection to the 2020 Inside Lacrosse Media All-American team.
“It means a lot,” Makar said of earning the prestigious honor. “Although it is individual recognition, it is a team award. I’m lucky to be a part of the defensive unit we have at Maryland, and receiving such recognition wouldn’t have been possible without them.”
As Maryland’s top defenseman, Makar, a sophomore, played close defense and drew the opposition’s best offensive player each game.
“Playing at the collegiate level, and playing at a place like Maryland, every day you have to bring your A-game,” said Makar, who caused four turnovers and picked up 10 ground balls in 2020. “Being around some of the best players in the country, on daily basis, pushes you to be the best version of yourself. On a game day, no matter who the opponent is, the difficulty of practicing against our own guys every day, gives you a sense of confidence in your preparation.”
A year ago, Makar started all 17 games as a close defenseman, which is a rarity for a freshman at such a high-level Division 1 program like Maryland, which won the national title in 2017.
“I was very fortunate during my freshman year at Maryland to be around some older, experienced players, who lent a helping hand right away,” Makar said. “To go along with that, I felt playing at Yorktown in high school, and having that exposure of being around some great lacrosse minds from a young age, prepared me to adjust to the speed of the college game, and grow a better overall lacrosse IQ.”
Maryland ended this season with a 14-13 triumph against visiting Albany on March 7. It’s an Albany team which included two of Makar’s former Yorktown teammates, Kyle Casey and Anthony Altimari, and is coached by Yorktown graduate Scott Marr.
That would be the last game the Terrapins would play, as their season was ended because of the COVID-19 virus. It was especially a punch in the gut for a Maryland squad that looked like it was on its way to another special season.
“It was definitely super disappointing and came as a huge shock to the entire lacrosse world when the news first broke,” Makar said. “It really felt like we were starting to hit our stride as a team, and had a special group this year.”
While the end was no doubt disappointing for Maryland and every other collegiate spring sports team, Makar is cautiously optimistic that the Terrapins can build on the success they had this season.
“As far as next season goes, I hope we can retain the same momentum we were starting to develop when the season was canceled,” Makar said. “I feel we have a great group that is capable of achieving a lot of success. However, when playing at a such a high level where there are so many great teams, the only goal you can have is getting better every single day and trying to take advantage of every opportunity.”
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