- High School
- Boys' Latin, Md.
- Current Team
Ford is such an interesting player because he just continues to get better. An NLF at IMG All-Star, he was projected as a four-star prior to the spring. All he’s done since then is average 4.5 points per game for a Boys’ Latin team that currently sits atop the MIAA. As a sophomore. Even more impressive? The stat line is split down the middle at 33 goals and 30 assists. You can’t ask for much more from the 6-3, 180-pounder.
Ford has as good a lacrosse IQ as anyone in the class to go along with terrific hands and excellent vision. He’s a terrific passer who burned top-10 team Lawrenceville for six assists earlier this year and puts the ball exactly where his teammates want it. If he can get a little quicker, he’ll be uncoverable.
Ford is such an interesting player to watch because of his ability to fill a variety of roles. His team struggled offensively, so there were a couple of instances where he vacated his preferred spot at X and came out of the box to dodge downhill. He has to improve his foot speed, but wherever he dodges from, he does so to find an open man. The 6-2 Ford has a big frame that allows him to create some room, and once he does, he’s excellent at finding an open teammate. Ford understands the game at a high level, and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of role he plays as a sophomore for defending MIAA champion Boys’ Latin.
At the heart of it all, though, was Ford. The tall righty made the Lakers’ MIAA-champion varsity as a freshman before getting hit by the injury bug. The son of the former pro all-star Spencer Ford, the younger Ford has a coach’s son’s IQ, but he also has excellent vision to go with poise with the ball in his stick and a silky set of mitts that allow him to make plays in tight.
With Laxachusetts up 2-1 on the strength of goals from the St. Sebastian’s (Mass.) pair of Michael Quinn and Max Proia, Ford got to work. He shook off some early mishandles by burying a gem of a backhand goal, then set up Sydnor on a broken play for a dunk. Later, Ford finished off a pretty inside roll and dished out a helper to set up a Baddley high-to-high rocket.
Just a casual six-point game for Ford, whose playing style shares some similarities to NLF No. 10 ’23 Colin Burns (Georgetown Prep, Md. / MadLax DC Dogs / Princeton). Ford has the ability to play a multitude of roles. Even though he’s very comfortable at running the show from X, his hands are so good that he could be an inside guy, making him a very tough cover for defenses.
“It was mostly ball movement,” Ford said of the second-half explosion. “We got our picks moving and working really well. Off-ball was much better in the second half. It’s unbelievable how good this team is and how we can be. I think we could get to No. 1, but we just have to keep working hard and stay with it.”