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Cody Getgen has only been playing lacrosse for four years.
But the 14-year-old Charlotte Hall resident, who just finished eighth grade at Piccowaxen Middle School in Newburg and will be a La Plata freshman this fall, is about to join some of the best lacrosse talent from across the country, players who have been involved in the sport most of their lives.
Getgen was selected last month as a 2013 Brine National All-Star and will represent the Washington, D.C., region at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic, hosted by the Maryland SoccerPlex and Discovery Sports Center in Montgomery County, from June 30 to July 3.
The prestigious tournament features 1,300 standout talents between the middle school and high school levels representing their regions and vying for a national championship.
Getgen is competing within the middle school ranks of the sixth-year Brine Classic, which provides select players the opportunity to showcase their skills while competing against the best in the nation for their age group. In the process, the Brine Classic emphasizes teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship with an array of NCAA lacrosse coaches on hand.
Only 25 middle school players made the Washington, D.C., region team.
“When [lacrosse] came to Charles County [five years ago], I just grew a passion for it,” said Getgen, a midfielder for Calvert County-based Southern Maryland Select after beginning his career in the sport with Charles County Lacrosse Club.
Of where his Brine All-Star selection ranks on his resume, he said, “This is No. 1 because I never expected to be playing with a regional team or in a national classic where most players are in private school.”
Getgen’s experience at the elite gathering also includes taking part in the Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy, in its third year of operation and led by Duke University assistant men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches Ron Caputo and Kristen Waagbo along with Duke’s Dr. Greg Dale, a leading sports psychologist and peak performance coach in the nation.
The Brine Academy is a daily series of seminars on human performance and human preparedness.
“I was pleasantly surprised [he got selected as a Brine All-Star],” Getgen’s father Mike said. He has helped coach his son in CCLC over the last four years. “Our program in Charles County is only five years old, and a lot of these Anne Arundel kids [that my son was competing against to be a Brine All-Star] were born with a lacrosse stick in their hand.”
Getgen tried out to be a Brine All-Star on May 16. By the next day, he was notified that his midfield skills were impressive enough to land him a spot on the D.C. region team for the Brine Classic and Academy.
“I was surprised when I found out,” he said.
Practice and competition for the Brine Classic begins July 1. The competition continues into July 2, and the championship games for each level occur July 3.
“We are pleased to continue to build on the success of last year’s event by welcoming 1,300 of the nation’s premier middle school and high school lacrosse players to the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic,” said Joel Franklin, Brine National Lacrosse Classic executive director, in a statement on the gathering’s website. “With these regional teams representing virtually most of the continental United States and parts of Canada and the inclusion of many of the game’s top collegiate-eligible high school players, this year’s tournament promises to be the premier lacrosse event on the high school calendar.
“... We look forward to continuing to make the Brine National Lacrosse Classic a must-see event on the lacrosse calendar.”
Getgen’s current season with SMS lasts until the end of July. It’s his first spring campaign on the team.
Last fall, early in his eighth-grade year, saw him experience his first stint playing for the SMS club. Getgen got to play with mostly varsity high school players throughout the fall season. He already has the ability to be a varsity player for La Plata High School’s program next spring as a ninth-grader.
“I do really well clearing and finding open lanes to take shots,” Getgen said in critiquing his own game. “[I pride myself on being] a smart player, all-around. [Being a Brine All-Star] will give me more experience before my freshman year starts.”
His father added, “Cody’s a quarterback by nature. He’s always been the quarterback in football ever since he was eight years old. He takes control [on the lacrosse field]. He’s strong at the top. He has the ability to shoot the ball with high velocity. He’s the one that steps into the middle of a huddle and speaks [to his teammates].”
Mike noted that his son was being courted by a couple of private high schools but the family never wavered from sending their son to La Plata, which Mike and his wife, Teresa, feel strongly about.
Teresa Getgen is La Plata’s head girls lacrosse coach and an assistant coach for La Plata field hockey during the fall.
Teresa was the school’s field hockey head coach during the 1990s. She grew up in Pennsylvania and played field hockey in high school before remaining in her home state to compete collegiately for Lock Haven University. She starred for Lock Haven as a second-team All-American, leading her college team to an NCAA Division III national championship.
Teresa also played shortstop in high school for her softball team.
Mike grew up playing baseball every year, and he was on that memorable 1986 Little League team from the county that captured the World Championship under late head coach Tommy Morrison.
Mike played catcher for that accomplished Little League team, which beat Mexico en route to its world bragging rights.
Cody’s older sister, Kayla, a rising junior at La Plata, was an All-County second-team selection for girls lacrosse this spring. It was just her second year playing lacrosse after playing soccer for years.
It appears the apples are not falling far from the trees when it comes to the success of the Getgen children.
“Both our kids have become pretty good athletes,” Mike said.