Dynamic, creative and equally dangerous with or without the ball, the repeat first-team All-Metro senior attack combined skill and hustle to provide steady offense for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference runner-up Cardinals. Despite often being marked by the opposing teams' top defender, Fanshaw was rarely denied, whether he was scoring on his own or setting up teammates. He finished the season with 54 goals and 22 assists. "You look at him and he's not a very big kid. But pound for pound, you look at him and he's one of the best players I've ever coached," Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said. The three-year varsity player, who scored 51 goals as a junior, will play at Loyola College next year.
After losing its entire starting attack from last season's MIAA A Conference title team, Loyola was counting on Fitzpatrick to take on the lead role. He did just that and excelled. The intense, versatile senior scored 35 goals and added 21 assists in leading the No. 4 Dons to the semifinals. "Rob does all the things you look for on attack. He's not afraid to force the issue, and he runs with power, through people and not just by people," Loyola coach Jack Crawford
said. Fitzpatrick, who missed the majority of last season with a broken foot, enjoyed a three-goal, two-assist performance in the Dons' 10-7 win over Boys' Latin in the conference quarterfinal round. He is set to play at Pennsylvania next year.
Combining skills, smarts, athleticism, toughness and leadership, the senior was the starting point of one of the finest defenses in the MIAA A Conference as the No. 3 Saints limited opponents to less than seven goals a game in their 15-2 season. A three-year starter, Gonos always brought the same high level of defense in containing the league's top scoring threats. "He's a tough kid and very, very smart. His understanding of angles and what we were always trying to do as a defense was big. [For opposing attackmen], he was extremely tough mentally to play against," St. Mary's coach Matt Hogan said. Gonos, also a member of the Saints' B Conference champion football team, will play lacrosse at Harvard next year.
The focal point of No. 1 Gilman's potent attack, Holman brought gifted skills with and without the ball to provide a consistent source of offense. The repeat first-team All-Metro selection finished the season with 39 goals and 23 assists. "Marcus is a kid who gives you every single thing he's got," Gilman coach Brooks Matthews said. "It's not always pretty, but it's always effective. He's just got a complete game - he rides hard, he's great on ground balls and he helps set a tempo for us with his energy and intensity." Holman, who is set to play for North Carolina next year, had a three-goal, one-assist performance in the Greyhounds' 13-6 win over Loyola in the MIAA A Conference semifinals. He finished his three-year varsity career with 97 goals and 50 assists.
The Maryland-bound senior rarely left the field and was one of the area's finest two-way midfielders. In addition to his 18 goals and 15 assists, Holmes scooped up 95 ground balls and won 63 percent of the draws he took. "He was the heart and soul of our team and gave us so much being able to play both ends and work as our faceoff guy," McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner said. "He's very tough mentally and physically - he plays the game as hard as anybody and leads by example with how he was always able to bounce back from any adversity." Holmes enjoyed a fine three-sport career, also excelling in football and wrestling, as Hilgartner said he grew into a natural leader with all the experience he gained from playing on the various teams.
A four-year varsity player and repeat first-team All-Metro selection, Lightner thrived on the challenge of shutting down the top attackmen in the MIAA A Conference. The standout senior had everything you look for in a dominant defenseman: a tireless work rate, size, speed, takeaway skills and strong leadership. The Cardinals' defense limited opponents to just more than seven goals per contest in reaching the A Conference championship game. "He is one of, if not the best, defenseman that has played here at Calvert Hall," coach Bryan Kelly said. "He was a shut-down defenseman and great leader for us. And his overall knowledge of the game was huge - he knows what everybody out there is supposed to do." Lightner will play at Johns Hopkins next year.
Quick, fast and tough, McBride was able to influence a game in many ways for the No. 1 Greyhounds. Offensively, his quick dodges created scoring chances for him and others as he finished the season with 20 goals and 18 assists. The North Carolina-bound senior midfielder brought intensity that rubbed off on teammates. "Greg is frenetic in all the good ways," Gilman coach Brooks Matthews said. "He wants to be the guy to stop an opponent with his defense ... the guy that gets the ground ball, the guy to clear the ball, and the guy that finishes the play." McBride scored the first goal in the Greyhounds' 13-7 win over Calvert Hall in the MIAA A Conference title game and finished with two goals and two assists. In three varsity seasons, he totaled 46 goals and 48 assists.
Strong, fast and athletic at 6 feet 4, McNeill brought a unique dimension to the middle of the field that opposing teams always had to account for. The junior midfielder finished with 18 goals and 14 assists, and collected 77 ground balls in helping the No. 3 Saints reach the MIAA A Conference semifinals. His season highlight came in a 10-9 win over No. 5 Boys' Latin, in which he scored three goals and added three assists - setting up the tying goal in the final minute before scoring the game-winner with two seconds left. "Mark does a lot for us in a lot of different places," St. Mary's coach Matt Hogan said. "He can dominate a game athletically, and that takes [away] so much pressure and opens things up for teammates around him." McNeill made a oral commitment to play lacrosse at North Carolina.
Early in the season, the standout senior took on added responsibility and thrived as the No. 1 Greyhounds' only returning defenseman with significant playing time the previous season. Hardworking, smart and tough, Prevas also showed versatility by playing close defense early in the season before seeing more time later as a long-stick midfielder. "He has a great spirit and a great feel for the game," Gilman coach Brooks Matthews said. "He's very fluid, great on ground balls and great at creating havoc between the lines." In Gilman's 13-7 win over Calvert Hall in the MIAA A Conference championship game, Prevas scored a key goal with a long run and finish that made it 4-0 in the first quarter. Prevas was a three-year player on varsity who is set to play at Virginia next year.
The senior made the most of his first season in goal, leading the Generals to a 13-2 record with consistent play that was at times spectacular. Reechia displayed fine reflexes and a good understanding of the position, and was an effective distributor once the save was made. He finished the season with 129 saves and a save rate of 63 percent. "What's interesting about Ryan is that he wants teams to shoot," Towson coach Ben Berquist said. "He has so much confidence in himself that he invites that so he can make the save, then turn around and start things in transition." Reechia's best performance came in a 10-7 regular-season win over Class 3A-2A state champ Hereford, in which he made 16 saves and also scored a goal for a 4-2 lead in the closing seconds of the first half.
The senior captain led one of the area's most potent attacks, finishing the season with 42 goals and 47 assists in his second year on varsity. "He's a big, strong, left-handed attackman who has a great feel for the game," Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said. "He's got a really good lacrosse IQ. He really does a great job with or without the ball, and that enhances his ability to be a threat on the field." Walsh was a steady source of offense for the No. 5 Lakers all season but also had his share of big games. Among them was a nine-goal effort in a 15-14 win over St. Paul's that helped him earn Athlete of the Week honors. Walsh, who also was captain on the soccer and basketball teams, will attend Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts for one year before moving on to play lacrosse at Duke.
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