Brian Farrell

Brian Farrell of Boys' Latin is an All-Metro baseball selection. (Sun photo by Lloyd Fox / June 2, 2006)

Player of the Year: Brian Farrell, Boys' Latin, defense

At 6 feet 5, 230 pounds, Farrell is an imposing presence on defense and a strong threat on offense. Even as the Maryland-bound senior defender locked down on the rival team's best offensive player or disrupted their half-field setup, Farrell remained capable of generating offense from the defensive end either by splitting opposing defenders or dodging them.

In being named The Sun's All-Metro Player of The Year, Farrell follows in the footsteps of the Lakers' John Glatzel, a member of Boys' Latin's top-ranked, title-winning squad of 1997. Just as Glatzel led the Lakers through an unbeaten season at 17-0, Farrell anchored this year's high-scoring team to a No. 1 ranking and a 21-0 record.


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Farrell scored five goals and assisted on 10 while also marking some of the area's top offensive playmakers, as he led the Lakers to their fifth Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title under 27-year coach Bob Shriver. Farrell joins Glatzel and last year's pick, Brennan Kelly of McDonogh, as the only defenders chosen Player of the Year by The Sun during the past decade.

A versatile athlete and a team captain in three sports, Farrell was named to The Sun's All-Metro football team as a wide receiver after catching a metro area-leading 53 passes for 1,091 yards and nine touchdowns to lead the Lakers to a runner-up finish in the MIAA B Conference and the North Division crown. Farrell also averaged nine points, nearly six rebounds and three assists for the Lakers' basketball team.


Coach of the Year: Jim Beardmore, Severna Park

The third-year coach led the Falcons to their third straight Anne Arundel County title, third straight Class 4A-3A East regional crown and second 4A-3A state title in three championship berths. The Falcons dethroned Dulaney, 7-4, for the state crown, avenging last year's overtime loss to the Lions in the state title game. Severna Park went 18-2 and finished with a No. 8 ranking in The Sun - the highest for any metro area public school. It lost only to Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference teams Severn and Calvert Hall.

"This season was a very special one because we had five goals," said Beardmore, 42, a 1982 Severn graduate whose father, Buddy, is among his assistants. "We wanted to get better every game, go undefeated in the county, win the county championship, win every playoff game to get back to the state championship and win the state championship." For added incentive, Beardmore told his team he would cut off his ponytail if it won the state title, which he did.

Beardmore has a 50-8 record at Severna Park, which has won 34 consecutive Anne Arundel County games dating to a loss to Broadneck during his first season. A former All-America goalie at Maryland who stopped more than 70 percent of the shots he faced, Beardmore nurtured Johns Hopkins-bound keeper Mike Gvozden, a two-time All-Metro selection and four-time All-Anne Arundel County pick.


First team

Chris Boland, Boys' Latin, attack

The Johns Hopkins-bound senior completed his three-year career at Boys' Latin as a three-time All-Metro selection and a three-time All-American. Boland scored 36 goals and assisted on 72 this spring, raising his career totals to 130 goals and 170 assists to become the Lakers' all-time leader in career points with 300.

Boland has been a member of two straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference finalists, helping this year's Lakers win the crown with an unbeaten record. With All-Metro junior Travis Reed, whose 67 goals are a single-season school record, and junior Brett Weiss, the trio led the league's most potent offense.

Austin Boykin, St. Paul's, midfield

Bound for Cornell, Boykin scored 43 goals, assisted on 12, won 67 percent of his faceoffs and scooped 117 ground balls. Nicknamed "Iron Man" by coach Rick Brocato, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior played 32 to 40 minutes per game. For the season, Boykin averaged 15 ground balls per game.

In victories over McDonogh and St. Mary's, Boykin scored eight goals and helped the Crusaders dominate on faceoffs. Boykin scored three times in the 12-6 victory over St. Mary's, when the Crusaders won 18 of 21 faceoffs and outscored the Saints 5-0 in the fourth period. Boykin scored four of his five goals in the first half of the 9-6 victory over McDonogh, during which he helped the Crusaders win 13 of 15 draws.

Brian Carroll, Gilman, midfield

A repeat All-Metro performer as well as a repeat Player of The Year in Baltimore City, the senior scooped 75 ground balls and scored 32 goals to go with 17 assists.

Carroll helped the Greyhounds to reach the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals. Carroll, who was named to the Tewaaraton Foundation's Baltimore-Washington regional high school team, is headed to Virginia.

Barney Ehrmann, Gilman, defense

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound senior took pride in shutting down offensive players. He had a style that incorporated solid skills as a take-away defender, clutch decisions when it came to clearing the ball and a knack for disruption by either intercepting or knocking down passes.

Ehrmann, the son of former Baltimore Colt Joe Ehrmann, ranked second on the team with 58 ground balls while also marking the best opposing attackman or midfielder. He will play lacrosse at Georgetown.

Nick Elsmo, Severn, midfield

Elsmo displayed the poise and skills to rank among the top scorers in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference despite being the focus of constant double- and triple-teams. The 6-foot, 190-pound junior had 45 goals and 32 assists.

Elsmo had five assists in the Admirals' 6-5, tournament semifinal win over St. Paul's. He will play at Virginia.

Billy Geist, McDonogh, defense

One of only three starters back from last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champions, the All-Baltimore County first-team selection solidified the Eagles' defense to help sophomore goalie Tyler Fiorito. The senior helped the Eagles to a runner-up finish in the MIAA A Conference tournament, a 15-5 record and a No. 2 ranking.

Geist, bound for Harvard, had two of his better games in playoff wins over Gilman and Loyola.

Mike Gvozden, Severna Park, goal

The senior completed a spectacular career by anchoring the Falcons to their fourth straight Anne Arundel County title, fourth Class 4A-3A East regional crown and second 4A-3A state title in four championship-game berths. Gvozden made 17 saves in the Falcons' 7-4 title-winning effort over Dulaney.

A two-time Anne Arundel County Player of the Year, the Johns Hopkins-bound team captain stopped 70 percent of the shots against him for 170 saves.

Bryn Holmes, McDonogh, midfield

The Maryland-bound senior had 28 goals, 15 assists and 156 ground balls - all career highs - to lead the Eagles to a No. 2 ranking and a runner-up finish in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Holmes sparked the Eagles' offense by winning 67 percent of his faceoffs.

For his career, Holmes had 74 goals and 44 assists and won 70 percent of his faceoffs.

Joe Kelly, Loyola, defense

A three-year starter, the senior defender often targeted the opposing team's best offensive player while averaging more than 10 ground balls per game.

Kelly limited McDonogh's Collins Cary, McDonogh's Bryn Holmes, Gilman's Brian Carroll, Boys' Latin's Travis Reed, Georgetown Prep's Ryan Shuler and St. Paul's Austin Boykin to a combined one goal in his matchups against them. Kelly will play at he University of Pennsylvania.

Brian Phipps, Severn, goal

Named the WYNN Award winner as the state's top goalie, the senior averaged nearly 14 saves per game and yielded only 5.45 goals per game in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Bound for Maryland, Phipps had his best games in the Admirals' biggest wins.

Phipps combined for 39 saves in two victories over St. Paul's, which he held to a combined nine goals. He totaled 258 saves for a 70.3 percent average in 20 games.

Travis Reed, Boys' Latin, attack

A transfer from McDonogh, where he was the top point-scorer as a sophomore on the league championship team, the junior has now been a member of two straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champs. Reed scored a career-high 67 goals to go with 22 assists.

As the running mate for three-time All-Metro player Chris Boland and All-County player Brett Weiss, Reed was charged with carrying the ball more and being more of a set-up man.


Second team

Tommy Incontrera Mount Hebron, senior, attack

Mike Kimmel Loyola, senior, attack

Logan Rausse Broadneck, senior, attack

Dean Thrasher North Harford, senior, attack

Ryan Alexander St. Vincent Pallotti, senior, midfield

Kevin Carroll Gilman, senior, midfield

Ryan Finch Westminster, senior, midfield

Scott LaRue South River, junior, midfield

Peter Ridge River Hill, senior, midfield

Jeff Breeding Dulaney, senior, defense

Kyle Cottrell Glenelg, senior, defense

Chris Kunhardt St. Paul's, senior, goal

Note // Teams selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.