Laser Focus On the Team Win

Laura Pohl, Staff Writer

Who better to bring the men’s soccer team together to play hard, win and have fun this season than team captain and starting goalie Ian Frain? Frain is a senior and therefore sets out to play the hardest he can to pull out some wins alongside the Dulaney team. 

Frain’s Dulaney soccer career started when he made the Dulaney team freshman year. 

His coach, Daniel LaHatte, said, “It’s just been a steady growth and a steady grit and grind to improve himself because he’s very selfless, looks out for others and the success of the team and is willing to do anything to see that success obtained.”

Since Frain’s freshman year, LaHatte says he has continually upped his game every year. In order to achieve this, Frain says he practices the basics: passing, diving and goalkeeping. Frain uses these skills and his laser focus to help push the rest of the team as well. His dedication to the team off the field displays his kind personality that encourages those around him.

Frain says, “I feel that I need to be a leader on the team, on the field and off the field, whether that means it’s academics or playing soccer.”

It’s in this way that Frain has “found ways to maintain informal friendly relationships but found a way to say we need to do better,” says LaHatte.

Although Frain plays hard and works harder, he wants to give credit to the rest of the team and says, “I’d say I’ve been playing well but I’d say it’s easy to look good as a goalie when you have one of the best defenses in Baltimore County.” 

Frain plans to continue playing soccer in college and says, “I definitely love the sport, I love watching the sport and yeah just playing it every day is something I definitely want to pursue whether that’s at a competitive level or just recreational.” 

Ian explains that intramural and club soccer are two different recreational options to continue his soccer career. Other than continuing with soccer, Frain currently plans to major in business or finance in college. 

Dulaney will definitely miss Frain’s team spirit and work ethic which leaves big shoes for the incoming classes to fill. The team and school wish Frain good luck in the remainder of his soccer career at Dulaney. Make sure to keep an eye out for Frain’s future success in sports, academics and wherever else his life may take him!