Player of the Year: Kevin Huntley, Calvert Hall
With a rare blend of toughness and skill, Huntley displayed a determination to score that was unmatched by any player in the metro area. Subjected to constant double and triple teams and physical play from the opposition's best defensemen, Huntley still averaged slightly more than four goals and two assists against Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rivals this season.
The acrobatic, athletic junior has converted shots from behind his back and over his shoulder - both while on the run. Huntley finished this season with 79 goals and 34 assists in leading the Cardinals to the MIAA A Conference title, and has 155 goals and 81 assists for his career.
Huntley, 16, a high school All-American who has dual citizenship in the United States and Canada, will play on the under-19 Canadian team in the June 26-July 5 Under-19 Lacrosse World Championships at Towson University. Named the C. Markland Kelly honoree as the state's best lacrosse player by the state coaches' association, the 3.8 student already has some of the nation's best collegiate programs after him.
Coach of the Year: Bryan Kelly, Calvert Hall
Kelly helped the Cardinals, who were among the worst teams in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference last season, to the school's first league championship since 1977.
After going 4-9 in the division (11-9 overall) and failing to make the playoffs for the fifth straight year, the Cardinals posted a league-best 18-4 record and ended the season with The Sun's No. 1 ranking.
Kelly spreads credit to his assistants, David Huntley, Torre Kasemeyer, Craig Lafferty, Tim Kowalewski, Sean McNamara and Jules Reese. "I was blessed to be surrounded by some great coaches," Kelly said.
During its late-season title run, Calvert Hall vanquished rival Loyola twice in a span of nine days, with the first victory ending an 11-game winning streak by the Dons.
The Cardinals' defense, anchored by sophomore keeper Jeremy Blevins, allowed 5.6 goals a game. Their offense, initially one-dimensional, developed into a balanced one that scored 51 goals over the final four games.
Andrew Baird, Loyola
The junior attackman had a breakthrough season, leading the Dons to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals and a No. 1 seed with a team-high 51 goals along with 27 assists. Baird was an excellent finisher, particularly in big games.
In one of his top performances, an 8-4 victory over defending champion Boys' Latin, Baird scored five goals as the Dons avenged an earlier loss to the Lakers.
Kyle Batton, Dulaney
The senior finished his last season with career highs in goals (87) and assists (33). He had five goals and two assists in the Lions' Class 4A-3A state championship victory over Severna Park. It was Dulaney's unprecedented fourth straight state crown and raised its winning streak against public schools to 40.
Batton, a high school All-American who will play for Towson University, was the 4A-3A public schools' C. Markland Kelly award winner. He ends his four-year varsity career with 229 goals and 84 assists for 313 points.
Will Dalton, St. Mary's
With his rugged frame, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound faceoff specialist posed an intimidating problem for the opposition. A two-way tackle in football who has surprising speed for his size, Dalton often bowled over his adversaries en route to controlling 75 percent of his draws.
One of only two juniors named to the All-Anne Arundel County first team, Dalton scored 10 goals and assisted on 12 others in leading the Saints to their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game since 1996.
Matt Eckerl, Calvert Hall
The senior midfielder won 71 percent of his faceoffs, four of which he took to the goal for scores during the Cardinals' run toward the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title.
Eckerl led the team with 189 ground balls. He scored 13 goals and assisted on seven others, often at critical stages of a game. A versatile athlete who earned All-Metro honors as a football defensive back, Eckerl will play lacrosse at Towson University.
Gentry Fitzpatrick, Gilman
A stocky 190-pounder, Fitzpatrick earned All-Metro honors for the second consecutive season. The senior's off-ball vision complemented his skills as an on-ball defender.
Fitzpatrick, a high school All-American, was regarded by many as the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference's best defenseman. He often guarded the opposition's best offensive threat and was the first to hold Calvert Hall's Kevin Huntley without a point.
Adam Hagelin, Boys' Latin
Hagelin led the Lakers in assists (31) and scored 17 goals in a breakthrough season.
Among his biggest games was an 11-8 victory over 4A-3A state champion Dulaney, during which he scored twice and assisted on six goals. Hagelin will play at Towson University.
Travis Holmes, McDonogh
Holmes was a tireless worker for the Eagles, whether leading the transition, hustling for ground balls or winning faceoffs. The senior midfielder often drew the opposition's best defender because of his ability to spark transitions or score at critical times.
Holmes, who scored 21 goals and assisted on 23 others, is a versatile athlete, having been a state champion wrestler and a football linebacker. Holmes will play lacrosse for the University of Maryland next season.
Michael Phipps, Severn
Despite missing a quarter of the season with a hamstring injury, the senior led the Admirals in scoring (41 goals, 27 assists). Phipps assisted the game-winning goal against Landon in a season-opening victory that ended the Bethesda school's 37-game winning streak.
Respected for his quickness, vision, stick skills and ability to make goal-bound cuts, Phipps will play at Maryland next year.
Ben Rubeor, Loyola
Often the primary target of opposing coaches' defensive strategies, Rubeor was creative enough to contribute offensively. The junior finished with 43 goals and 23 assists.
With Rubeor drawing much of the attention, teammate Andrew Baird often benefited. They likely will be the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's most potent one-two punch.
Trey Sheain, Boys' Latin
Sheain is among the nation's best goalies. A disciplined, position goalie who is more substance than flash, Sheain was adept at cutting off the angles of opposing shooters and directing his defense.
The senior finished the year with 192 saves, giving up only 101 goals in 20 games - an average of 5.05 per game. Only one team scored in double figures against him. He will play next season for the University of North Carolina.
J.R. Stahl, Boys' Latin
A returning All-Metro player for the Lakers, the senior was the leader on ground balls and the director of a defense that allowed only one team to score in double figures.
Stahl had the speed to run with the midfield and was in the middle of most clears by the Lakers' defense. Coach Bob Shriver ranks him among the best field communicators he's every coached. Stahl is headed to Notre Dame.
Drew Westervelt, John Carroll
The senior attackman overcame specialized defenses designed to stop him, racking up 40 goals and 31 assists for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champions. Strong and deceptively quick, Westervelt was at his best in big games.
He totaled seven goals and three assists in three games against defending-league champion Archbishop Spalding, and seven goals and two assists in two one-goal wins over last year's runner-up Park. Also a standout in soccer and basketball, Westervelt, the Harford County Co-Player of the Year, will play lacrosse at UMBC.
Nick Williams, Calvert Hall
The senior's speed, athleticism and rocket-like shot were often unmatched on his way to scoring 31 goals, assisting on 14 others and scooping 67 ground balls. Williams scored the game-winning goal against Loyola to end its 11-game regular-season winning streak, and also had three goals - including the last two - in Calvert Hall's 7-5 title-winning effort against St. Mary's.
A high school All-American and a U.S. under-19 pick, Williams rejected several lacrosse offers in order to attend the Naval Academy's Prep School, where he will play football.
Eric Zerrlaut, St. Mary's
Fundamentally sound with a strong stick, Zerrlaut led the Saints (12-7) to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final. An intimidating defenseman, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior adjusted from being a big checker to more of a position player.
Zerrlaut, who was named a high school All-American and to the U.S. under-19 team, remained a strong takeaway defenseman who covered the opposition's best attack.
Grant Zimmerman, Gilman
The junior goalie anchored a defense that allowed an average of 5.5 goals in 17 games. Zimmerman also sparked wins over last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Boys' Latin, Georgetown Prep and this year's eventual A Conference champion Calvert Hall.
Zimmerman averaged 13.2 saves and had 42 ground balls.
Name School Class Position
Blake Best Severna Park Senior Attack
Gavin Gill St. Paul's Sophomore Attack
Joe Mruk Westminster Senior Attack
Michael Biles Severn Senior Midfield
Evan Calvert Centennial Senior Midfield
Beau Davis Broadneck Junior Midfield
Jay Feeley Dulaney Senior Midfield
Matt Gaines Edgewood Senior Midfield
Bret Yoder Hereford Junior Midfield
Jake Baxter Severna Park Senior Defense
Patrick Cook-Deegan Annapolis Senior Defense
Zac Jungers Dulaney Senior Defense
Tim Kaiser Loyola Junior Defense
Matt Sparks Mount St. Joseph Senior Defense
Jeremy Blevins Calvert Hall Sophomore Goal
Jesse Schwartzman Pikesville Senior Goal
Note: Teams selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun