Maryland men’s lacrosse senior midfielder Logan Wisnauskas recently spoke with PressBox about his memories at Boys’ Latin, who he looked up to early in his career at Maryland and more. The Sykesville, Md., native posted 36 points (24 goals, 12 assists) during the shortened 2020 season and had 79 points (44 goals, 35 assists) in 2019. A graduate of Boys’ Latin, Wisnauskas was part of the 2014 Lakers team that went 18-0 and was named the LaxPower national champion.
PressBox: How did you become interested in lacrosse?
Logan Wisnauskas: Believe it or not, there’s actually a baby picture of me just coming home from the hospital. My dad, [Trent], actually put a stick in my hands. It’s me lying in a crib with a stick, so I guess ever since the day I was born I had in my hand. … I played in Sykesville, my rec area, and then moving on to club, high school and now college, so I’ve pretty much been playing my whole life.
PB: What were some of the clubs and programs you played in growing up?
LW: Freedom [Lacrosse] was kind of like my rec. The Freedom Patriots were based out of Carroll County, Sykesville area, where I’m from. Then moving on to club teams, I tried out for the Crabs, the BLC Crabs. I played for the Crabs for a little while, which was a cool experience, playing for really good coaches like Tom Alderman and stuff. Once I committed to Syracuse, actually, I got a chance to play for the Sweetlax team in New York, which was a cool experience. I got to play with some ‘Cuse commits, which was cool.
PB: What are your favorite memories from your time at Boys’ Latin?
LW: Obviously probably the 2014 season, winning the national championship. Being No. 1, that was a cool one. I’d probably say football season my junior year, too, beating St. Paul’s, which was a crazy game. It was like a 35-34 game in overtime. It was really cool. Fans were rowdy. It was like 4,000 or 5,000 people. There were a lot of people for a B Conference game, but it was a neat experience, for sure.
PB: Why did you choose to come to Maryland after originally going to Syracuse?
LW: I chose to come to Maryland because it’s my home state — born and raised 30, 35 minutes down the road. Just had a change of heart and wanted to play for the home state, wanted to run out behind the flag before every game, wanted to play for the alum and stuff, play for something bigger than myself here.
PB: What’s your favorite memory so far at Maryland?
LW: My redshirt freshman year, making it to the Final Four was a neat experience. Growing up and always going to the Final Fours at M&T Bank [Stadium], being that little kid running around playing like fiddlesticks and wanting [autographs from] the Grant Catolinos, your Brian Farrells. Being on the other side of things and sitting in the locker room getting ready to go out and play in the Final Four game, that was a neat experience.
PB: What makes John Tillman a unique coach to play for?
LW: He’s a really good coach. Sometimes he really wants to win more than the players do. He gets us. He gets his team. He’s able to read the room really well, I’d say. Schematically, he’s really good. He gets where we need to be. Film-wise and stuff, he breaks that down and shows us why we’re doing stuff instead of, “This is what we’re doing, this is what we’re going to do because I’m saying so.” … Showing us that “why” is really what sets him apart from others.
PB: What’s your favorite thing about the University of Maryland and College Park?
LW: Just the guys, being on the team, just having this brotherhood, this camaraderie and stuff. It’s kind of like the reason they sell you on. When I visited here, just seeing how tight everyone is, how tight the community is, how everyone wants to have your best interests in mind, wants to see you succeed not only on the field and in the classroom but the next 40 years of your life.
PB: Who’s your best friend on the team and what’s a story that underscores your friendship?
LW: I’ve got 49 best friends, but I’ve got some pretty tight friends — my roommate Jared [Bernhardt]. It’s good to have him back. Anthony DeMaio, Bubba Fairman, they’re really good guys. They’re all good guys.
PB: Who was a player you looked up to when you first got to Maryland?
LW: I had the luxury of coming in [and learning from] guys like Connor Kelly, Tim Rotanz. Tim Rotanz was “The Professor.” He really showed us how to play the Terp way. He showed us the ropes and how we were to do things the way they needed to be done, which is awesome to have as a younger guy coming in like that with your eyes wide open and being a sponge and listening to everything he has to say before he leaves and goes off and does his own thing, which was really helpful.
PB: What advice would you give to younger players?
LW: Just focus on the moment, 1 percent better. We’re all perfectionists on the field. We want things to be perfect. They’re not always going to be perfect sometimes. You’ve just got to keep chipping away. You’ve got to make the next play. You can’t really focus so much on the past. You’ve got to focus on what’s next and making that next play and just clearing your mind and making that next play.
PB: What are your goals for after lacrosse?
LW: Obviously, I’d like to get into coaching, paying it forward. I’ve had the luxury of playing for some great coaches, Coach Tillman included. I’d like to give off the knowledge that I’ve gained from all those great coaches, keep giving the knowledge forward to the next generation. I’d definitely like to coach?
PB: What did you do last spring as far as lacrosse after the season was canceled?
LW: During quarantine, I came home and sat down with my parents. I was like, “All right, look, we’re making a gym in the basement whether you like it or not.” I just made a gym in the basement, had to keep the music down while they were working and stuff. Work never stops. Obviously the college lacrosse season stopped, but their jobs and livelihood never stops. I just spent hours and hours in my basement just working out, doing things, reading books, trying to find a way to get 1 percent better every day.
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