On Howell: A strong, tough two-way midfielder ... will compete for a spot on the second midfield ... can also play attack if needed ... exceptional riding skills ... worked tirelessly in the off-season to improve his strength and conditioning ... "he worked hard in the offseason and is the most improved player on the team ... he's going to help us this season," according to Dave Cottle ... an excellent athlete who starred on the football and lacrosse fields in high school.
As a sophomore (2005): Saw late time in 14-10 win at No. 18 Bucknell (3/15) ... scored his first goal of the season and oicked up his first career groundball in 21-6 drubbing of Penn (5/7) at Lincoln Financial Field.
As a redshirt-freshman (2004): Appeared in three games ... made collegiate debut in 14-7 win over Bucknell (3/17), with late minutes ... scored first-career goal in 19-4 rout of Butler (3/23) in the fourth quarter ... saw late time in 13-5 win over No. 13 Penn (5/8) in regular-season finale.
As a freshman (2003): Redshirt season.
Before Maryland: Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Va., under coach Dick Abood ... honored as a first team all-WCAC selection ... played in the Virginia All-Star Game after his senior year ... named to the all-Northern Virginia team by the Fairfax Journal ... named the Bishop O'Connell Male Athlete of the Year as a senior ... voted lacrosse team MVP in 2002 ... also starred on the gridiron as he was named all-WCAC as a senior, leading his team in tackles on defense at linebacker ... a WCAC football all-star.
Personal: Son of Mary and John Howell ... younger brother of Tina, John and Heather ... also recruited by Virginia, Penn State and Towson ... majoring in history.