Welcome to another episode of the Lax Goalie Rat podcast!
Today, we’re excited to have Maryland goalie Brian Ruppel join us. The freshman netminder has made a name for himself with an impressive start to his college career.
Ruppel was expected to redshirt his first year with the Terrapins, but after an injury to Logan McNaney, he was thrust into the starting position and has thrived as the defending NCAA Champions’ starting goalie.
His debut came against the #4 Princeton Tigers, where he made 14 saves, the most by a Maryland freshman in their first career start since Brian “Doc” Dougherty in 1993.
Brian Ruppel started his first game for @TerpsMLax.
Ruppel’s background in lacrosse is unique, as he grew up playing both attack and goalie, even suiting up as a middie and attackman during his freshman year of high school. This experience helped him develop strong clearing skills and the ability to read shooters.
The look of a goalie stick drew Ruppel to play goalie in the first place, and his first-ever goalie stick was a Maryland-dyed goalie head.
Lacrosse is my passion! The game has given me so much and this blog is my way of giving back to the lax community. Specifically the most bad a$$ part of that community - the goalies! After learning to play goalie from scratch, I wanted to create a site where I could share what I learned with others so they too can become champions in the crease and in life. Learn more about Coach Damon.
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