Staff Writer
Marty Cattie certainly has the look of a standout lacrosse player. He has the long, flowing brown hair, the war paint splashed across his cheekbones. But even though the recent Ocean City graduate has plenty of style, he also has an abundance of substance to go with it.
Cattie, Glory Days’ Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year, didn’t lead the Red Raiders in goals scored, nor was he the top assist man on the squad. But he was Ocean City’s most important player, the engine that drove an offense that helped the Red Raiders to a 19-3 record that included a pair of state playoff wins. Ocean City’s only three losses came to Salesianum (Del.) and St. Augustine Prep, two powerhouse programs, in the regular season, and to Shawnee in the South Group 3 state semifinals.

Marty Cattie had a tremendous senior year for Ocean City, leading the Red Raiders to 19 wins and a spot in the sectional semifinals. (Glory Days Magazine photo/Dave O’Sullivan)

Cattie, the program’s all-time scoring leader, faced double- and sometimes triple-team defense throughout the year, but the attention he drew allowed other players to enjoy tremendous seasons. Noam Levy-Smith led the team with 49 goals, Christian Kuhn added 46 goals and 24 assists, Trent Laveson had 44 goals and 20 assists, Jake Schneider finish with 32 goals and 38 assists, and Anthony Inserra added 21 goals and 48 assists. For his part, Cattie scored 28 goals and added 24 assists, bringing his career totals to 130 goals and 90 assists. He scored more than 30 goals three times during his career, and had more than 20 assists three times.
“I didn’t really care (about scoring) because our whole offense was so evenly spread out that if opponents were going to double-guard me, Noam, Anthony, Christian, Trent, Schneider — we had all those guys, so it was just going to hurt them when they doubled me. I just looked at it in that way, wanting to win instead of getting goals. (Double-team defense) started to happen to me last year and I figured it was just going to pour into this year even more, so I was ready for it,” said Cattie, who plans to play college lacrosse at Salisbury State in Maryland. “Obviously, nobody wants to get locked up, it’s no fun when you’re just getting shut off. But it was nice to see the score at the end of the game and us always winning. It was nice to see other kids do well this year, too. Like Noam, he just went crazy, had a ton of goals.
“I just had to work more off the ball and try to get open when I didn’t have the ball,” he added. “I learned a lot from Noam with that because he’s really quick and sneaky. He’s always cutting away from the ball and then scoring, so I learned a lot from him. I learned a lot of passing and just tried to pick up on other people’s little tricks.”
Cattie said he and the rest of the Red Raiders seniors were eagerly awaiting this season, as they knew they’d have a loaded lineup that included some stalwarts on defense and a second-year goalie in Charlie Dahl, one of the best in the Cape-Atlantic League. The season came to a heartbreaking 8-7 loss to Shawnee in the sectional semifinals, as the Red Raiders’ frantic comeback attempt in the final two minutes came up one goal short.
“The past two years we’ve all been focused on this year, we were all looking forward to it. Obviously, we were focused last year, but we were excited for our senior year because we knew it had the potential to be our best season. We were trying to keep it going as long as we could. Good things come to an end and you have to get over it and move forward, but it’s tough. I was upset after that loss because it was the last time we’ll ever play together, but I’m excited to see the program continue to grow,” Cattie said. “Next year I think Ocean City will absolutely continue to get better, and we’ll see what coach (Joe) LaTorre can do in the next couple of years. All really good lacrosse players want to go play in college, and everybody thinks St. Augustine Prep is the way to go because if you go there you’re going to get looks, but I think this year helped us because we’re on the map now. People know we’re not just a public school that nobody has to look at, and we showed there is talent outside of private schools.”

For his career, Cattie finished with 130 goals and 90 assists. (Glory Days Magazine photo/Dave O’Sullivan)

This year, Cattie was a much more mature player and learned to deal with the frustration of seeing double-team defenses thrown at him, and his ability to find the open man created a ton of scoring opportunities for Ocean City. He also grew as a young man, he said, and feels like the leadership of coach LaTorre and his staff have helped him prepare for the next level.
“I’ve learned a lot inside lacrosse and outside of lacrosse, just how to react to things and work with things instead of just getting mad at myself. I’ve learned how to work through it and get better. Going into freshman year, I was nervous. I knew I understood the game because I’ve been playing it and watching it my whole life, but high school is much different than just playing in middle school or on rec teams. I’ve learned tons of things and how to react to different situations,” he said. “The one thing I’ll remember is coach LaTorre always being tough on us, that really kept us in line. In school we all did well. We were disciplined and that’s going to help because you have to be disciplined in college. He didn’t sugarcoat anything. He wasn’t tough on us to the point where it was bad, but he kept us in line and wanted the best for us.”
People likely will remember Cattie for the long hair flowing out of the back of his helmet, and his distinctive jersey No. 66, but he hopes they’ll remember something more.
“I hope people remember the stuff we did with Ocean City, how we changed the program for the better.”
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