PNC Bank Lacrosse Spotlight: Gilman Junior Midfielder Wade Oursler

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Wade Oursler is one of the Baltimore area’s most outstanding athletes. Oursler played cornerback and wide receiver for the Greyhounds’ football team — a program that has established itself as one of the best in the nation. Oursler is also a standout midfielder for Gilman’s lacrosse team, which is perennially one of the top teams in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Oursler is also an excellent student and has committed to play lacrosse at Air Force.

PressBox: How does playing football at Gilman help you as a lacrosse player?
Wade Oursler: Gilman football has taught me many lessons that transfer to the lacrosse field. The phenomenal Gilman football coaches have taught me the importance of hard work, toughness, team unity and excellence. Furthermore, on the football team, we held each other to a high standard and held each other accountable for mistakes. Through this, we had a great mutual respect, and I believe that contributed greatly to our success. I look to carry these things with me and implement them on the lacrosse team. The physical aspect of football has helped me tremendously on the lacrosse field. [Former head] football coach Biff Poggi, as well as all of his great assistant coaches, always taught us the importance of playing at full speed and as hard as possible in practice, which lead to the great success we achieved on game days. More importantly, he taught us that every member of the team is important. From the superstars to the guy who doesn’t get his jersey dirty on game day, everyone felt important. This led to a tight-knit team of close friends. I hope to utilize all the great lessons I learned in football on the lacrosse field this year.
PB: What goals have you set for this season?
WO: Our goals for this season are the same for any Gilman athletic team: to win the league and beat McDonogh. Also, we want to give everything we have every time we step on the field, so that we never are left with the feeling of, “I wish I had done more.” Furthermore, because our team is so close, we want to play every second like it’s our last and do it for each other. Personally, I don’t want to let my family, friends and school down. These are the people I love, and I can’t think of anything worse than disappointing them.
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