Player of the Year: Steele Stanwick, Loyola
The versatile junior scored 37 goals and assisted on 35 to lead the Dons through a 12-game winning streak that culminated with a 10-6 victory over defending champion and then-No. 1 Boys' Latin for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title. Stanwick's season totals surpassed those of last season, when he had 35 goals and 17 assists.
Coach Jack Crawford called Stanwick "one of the best natural lacrosse players I've ever coached. Steele's physical abilities and skill level are obvious to anyone who watches him. But the most impressive thing about him is how focused he is on the field and how well he understands the flow and movement of the game."
That focus was apparent over the Dons' last three victories of the season - over St. Paul's, Gilman and Boys' Latin - during which Stanwick totaled 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) to help the top-ranked Dons (13-2) overcome deficits in each game.
With the Dons down 4-1 in the final regular-season game against St. Paul's, Stanwick orchestrated a 5-0 Loyola run to finish with two goals and five assists in a 9-6 win. He had five assists in an 11-5 win over Gilman in the semifinals. In the championship game, Stanwick sparked a streak of seven straight Loyola goals after the Lakers led, 1-0.
"There are a lot of physically talented players, but very few who can play completely under control. And there's a complete absence of any panic or nervousness in Steele's play," said Crawford, who has coached players such as Ryan Curtis, Matt Ward and Peter Lamade at Landon of Bethesda. "They say Bart Starr really became a great quarterback when the game slowed down for him and he learned to play and see a football game under control. Steele has that ability by his very nature, and it's his greatest strength."
Coach of the Year: Jack Crawford, Loyola
With his team being ousted in last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference quarterfinals after reaching the semifinals three straight years, the fifth-year coach learned to "really appreciate [winning a title] because things don't always go your way." Crawford's top-ranked Dons (13-2) finally broke through for the program's first MIAA title since 2001, dethroning then-No. 1 Boys' Latin, 10-6, to avenge their last defeat, a 9-8 setback.
"I've never had a team that has had to work as hard as this one did to get to this level of play, and to beat a team like Boys' Latin in a championship game is really something else," Crawford said moments after a win that ended the Lakers' nine-game winning streak and another streak of 23 straight wins against the MIAA A Conference. Loyola had suffered three straight championship losses to Boys' Latin and is 4-4 against the Lakers in title games.
A former assistant to Landon's highly regarded Rob Bordley, Crawford called the title game "clearly the biggest win of my career."
"Frankly, I'm numb right now," added Crawford, who has a 90-25 career record and whose assistants are Joe McFadden, Tim Sullivan, Chris Malone and Pat Kelly. "After being disappointed at last year's outcome, I think you have to get that stigma off your back, that monkey."
Joseph Bonanni, St. Mary's
A starter since his freshman season, the junior defender was perhaps the Saints' top player. Bonanni, who has orally committed to Ohio State, was assigned the opposition's best offensive player.
"Joe's the best defender on a team that didn't allow anyone to score more than nine goals on us in any one game," said coach Matt Hogan, whose Saints reached the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals.
"He's nasty," said Loyola midfielder Tim Donovan, whose teammate, Steele Stanwick, added, "He's very good. In fact, I think he held me to my lowest point total of the year."
Chris Clements, St. Paul's
The senior midfielder was the team captain on the MIAA A Conference quarterfinalists, scoring 45 goals, a single-season school record for midfielders, to go with nine assists. Clements, who is bound for the University of Virginia, also dug up 101 ground balls and has more than 200 for his career.
Called "flat out the best athlete in the league" by his coach, Rick Brocato, Clements scored four goals in a game four times, and three goals in a game six times. Clements' goals were a team-high, and his total points (54) were tied with two others for the team lead.
Tim Donovan, Loyola
A 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior midfielder who is bound for Johns' Hopkins scored 23 goals and assisted on 12, Donovan is "physically the type of player we're seeing more frequently at the Division I level," said Jack Crawford, who coached the Dons to the MIAA A Conference title.
Donovan, whose 40-yard dash time is 4.7 seconds, "has the size of a tight end or linebacker and the speed of a wide receiver who can single-handedly change a game," said Brian Abbott, who coached Donovan during the Dons' march to last fall's MIAA A Conference football title.
Nick Elsmo, Severn
The repeat All-Metro midfielder was named The Sun's Player of The Year in Anne Arundel County after scoring 36 goals, assisting on 21 others, digging up 95 ground balls and winning 62 percent of his faceoffs.
Bound for the University of Virginia, Elsmo, 6 feet 2 and 200 pounds, has career totals of 115 goals, 81 assists, 290 ground balls and a faceoffs winning percentage of .580. A versatile athlete with a 3.3 grade point average and an 1,800 SAT score, Elsmo also excelled in football and basketball for the Admirals.
Peter Fallon, Gilman
The 6-2, 195-pound senior used his size and strength to lead the Greyhounds' defense. "He covered every team's best attackman and did it well," Gilman coach Brooks Matthews said. "I would push very hard for him above practically every other defenseman in our league."
Fallon finished the year tied for second on the team in ground balls and anchored the Greyhounds to an upset win over St. Paul's in the MIAA A Conference quarterfinals. He will play for Brown University next season. "He's very strong and throws a lot of nice checks," Loyola attackman Steele Stanwick said. "He pressures a lot and has great foot movement."
Andrew Feinberg, McDonogh
The 6-2, 175-pound senior totaled 112 points on 68 goals and 44 assists for the Eagles, who reached the MIAA A Conference semifinals after having been runners-up during his junior year. Bound for Brown University, Feinberg was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game.
Feinberg scored four goals in a 9-6 win over Calvert Hall, and had two goals and three assists in a 10-7 win over Gilman. McDonogh coach Scott Corrigan called Feinberg "an incredible leader" for a team that handed league champion Loyola the first of its two losses this season. A versatile athlete, Feinberg earned second-team All-Metro football honors last fall as a receiver.
Tyler Fiorito, McDonogh
The 6-1, 205-pound junior goalie was the anchor of McDonogh's defense. "Tyler is the reason we have been able to do so well this season as well as last season," Eagles coach Scott Corrigan said. Fiorito averaged 12 saves per game and made 192 stops on the season.
He had 23 saves to help secure a 10-7 win over Gilman, and 21 saves during an 8-6 victory over St. Mary's. He already has committed to Princeton University.
Travis Love, Winters Mill
State coaches selected the senior goalie as the recipient of the C. Markland Kelly Award for Class 2A-1A schools, recognizing him as the premier player in that classification. Bound for Towson University, the four-year starter made 20 saves in a season-ending 6-5 overtime victory over previously unbeaten Parkside of Wicomico County that earned Winters Mill the Class 2A-1A state title and completed a 19-0 season.
Love saved 70 percent of the shots he faced, allowing an average of five goals. Only three teams scored in double figures against Love, whose 11th-ranked squad beat Class 3A-2A state champion Glenelg and 3A-2A South regional finalist Urbana of Frederick County in the regular season .
Eric Lusby, Severna Park
The Loyola-bound senior attackman led the 10th-ranked Falcons in goals (67) and total points (95). Lusby and teammates Colby Rhodes (54 goals, 31 assists) and Randy Waugh (22, nine), the latter of whom played in just nine games, comprised perhaps the best attack trio in their program's history.
Lusby had three goals and three assists to help the Falcons earn their fifth straight Anne Arundel County title with a 9-2 rout of league rival Broadneck. Lusby also scored four goals in their season-ending 15-6 rout of Wootton (18-1) of Montgomery County that earned the Falcons their second straight Class 4A-3A state title and their fourth overall.
Travis Reed, Boys Latin
The senior attackman scored 54 goals and assisted on 27 to lead the Lakers to a No. 2 area ranking and an 18-2 record. Reed also led the Lakers to their third straight MIAA A Conference title game, where they were dethroned by Loyola.
A repeat All-Metro selection, Reed has 238 goals and 102 assists in his career. Also a member of a title-winning team at McDonogh when he was a sophomore, Reed will play at the University of Maryland next season, the alma mater of his father, Jake, who played there from 1974-77.
Brett Weiss, Boys Latin
The four-year varsity performer led the Lakers in total points (88) and assists (45), scoring 43 goals. During his tenure at Boys Latin, his teams have gone 75-7. With Weiss in the lineup, the Lakers sandwiched an MIAA A Conference championship victory between two runner-up finishes.
In the Lakers' 12-4 rout of McDonogh in the conference semifinals, Weiss scored twice and had five assists. Weiss also was instrumental in the Lakers' 23-game winning streak against league rivals and winning of 57 of their past 61 games. The Lakers also had a 30-game winning streak ended, 11-10, against Haverford, Pa.
Second team Name, School, Class, Position
D.J. Comer Calvert Hall Senior Attack
Joseph Cummings Loyola Junior Attack
Doug Herdegen Arch. Curley Senior Attack
Colby Rhodes Severna Park Senior Attack
Rhett DePol St. Mary's Senior Midfield
Matt Hanzsche Mt. St. Joe Senior Midfield
Dan Hostetler River Hill Senior Midfield
Jonathan Stumpf Centennial Senior Midfield
Tyler Boykin St. Paul's Senior Defense
Nelson Hannahs Fallston Senior Defense
Alex Lyons Boys Latin Senior Defense
Jon Selfridge Glenelg Junior Goalie
Note // Teams selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Final Poll No., School, Record
1. Loyola 13-2
2. Boys' Latin 18-2
3. St. Paul's 16-4
4. McDonogh 19-5
5. Gilman 7-9
6. St. Mary's 9-8
7. Calvert Hall 5-7
8. Mount St. Joseph 9-6
9. Severn 9-8
10. Severna Park 18-2
11. Winters Mill 19-0
12. Glenelg 15-3
13. Fallston 18-2
14. Archbishop Curley 18-1
15. Dulaney 14-5
Other teams considered // Archbishop Spalding (7-12), Broadneck (10-4), Catonsville (13-4), Hereford (12-3),Centennial (14-4), Century (12-2).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun