Joe Bonanni, St. Mary's
Bonanni, a four-year starter,was routinely called uponto keep the opposing team'stop player in check. The fundamentallysound, Ohio State-bound defenderhelped lead his team to theMaryland InterscholasticAthletic Association A Conferencequarterfinals. He isan Under-Armour All-Americanselection and is also TheSun's Player of the Year inAnne Arundel County.
"I think what he meant toour team, was a guy, wholed by example," Saintscoach Matt Hogan said."He's a guy that practicesevery day hard and playedhard within himself. In aworld where it's all aboutme, Joe's not all about me.Joe's about us."
Bonanni, a two-time first-teamAll-Metro selection,also scooped 58 groundballs this year.
Joe Cummings, Loyola
The Maryland-bound seniorattackman was one ofthe toughest players to coverin the MIAA, as he totaled 37goals and 13 assists. Theteam captain, who was a second-team All-Metro selectionlast year, stepped up in Loyola'sbiggest game, scoringthree goals and adding an assistin the Dons' 12-11 victoryin the A Conference championship.
"Whenever we needed aspark, Joe gave that to us,"fellow Loyola senior attackmanSteele Stanwick said."He does a lot of little thingsthat people overlook. He getsa lot of ground balls and he'sa great rider. He does a lot ofthings besides just scoringgoals."
Jack Doyle, Gilman
You name it, and Doyleprobably did it. The midfieldercould score (37 goals), pass(25 assists), pick up groundballs (70) and also handlefaceoffs. The Harvard-boundjunior has 60 career goals, 29assists and 114 total groundballs.
"He excelled in all phasesof the game," Gilman coachBrooks Matthews said. "He'sa combination of great talent,great work ethic andgreat competitive spirit thatallowed him to have a successfulyear."
Doyle is The Sun's Player ofthe Year in Baltimore City.Many MIAA A Conferencecoaches called Doyle the bestplayer on a team stackedwith talent that finished theseason 18-1.
Joey Ehrmann, Gilman
Ehrmann, a senior,was oneof the area's top footballplayers, and will attendWake Forest on a full scholarship.He's no slouch with alacrosse stick either, routinelymatching up with the bestplayer on opposing teams asa defender.
"I think Joey Ehrmann wast h e b e s t defensemanaround," Gilman coachBrooks Matthews said. "Everyonetalked about our offense,but a key factor washow much better our defensewas. Joey was a significantfactor."
Ehrmann, who had 60ground balls, is an Under ArmourAll-American Selection.Matthews said that hisimprovement on the defensiveend was a main reasonfor the team's near-perfectseason.
Patrick Fanshaw, Calvert Hall
The junior played midfieldand attack for the Cardinals,and was nearly unstoppablenear the crease, totaling 51goals and 13 assists. He alsochipped in 72 ground balls.Fanshaw was lauded as a"finisher" by MIAA A Conferencecoaches, and proved itin the team's quarterfinalgame against ArchbishopSpalding, where he totaled acareer-high seven goals in a16-5 victory.
"He has a tremendousamount of heart and he neverstops," Calvert Hall coachBryan Kelly said. "He just hasa knack for getting open, he'svery creative with his stickand he can find the net."
Marcus Holman, Gilman
Referred to by MIAAcoaches as "the quarterback"of Gilman's attack, the juniorproduced in all facets for theGreyhounds. He had 34 goals,34 assists and 54 groundballs, bringing his career totalsto 51, 47 and 86, respectively.
Opposing teams' top defensemanoften matched up with Holman, who will attendNorth Carolina after hegraduates.
"Marcus is as tenacious anattackman as I've ever seen,"Greyhounds coach BrooksMatthews said. "Anythingyou ask him to do, he does ita million miles an hour."
Chris Lightner, Calvert Hall
Calvert Hall coach BryanKelly, a defenseman forNorth Carolina in the early'90's, called Lightner themost talented defender hehas ever coached. The juniortallied 72 ground balls,marked the opposing team'stop offensive player everygame and still found time toscore two goals and two assists.He played 15 games,missing the last four due toan ankle injury.
"He, in my mind, was the Ray Lewis of our defense,"Kelly said. "Both from aphysical standpoint and amental standpoint. He's aleader vocally and just adominant player."
Lightner has committed toHopkins for lacrosse.
Sean Maguire, Calvert Hall
A number of MIAA A Conferencecoaches thought Maguirewas the top player on aloaded Cardinals team. TheTowson-bound senior wasoutstanding, scoring 52 goalswith 23 assists and 45 groundballs.
Maguire did his damagewhile being watched by theopposing team's top defensemanevery game. He scored agame-high four goals in hislast high school game, a 10-9defeat against eventual conferencechampion Loyola inthe semifinals.
"He's a big strong kid and agreat shooter that can beatyou with speed and power tothe goal," Cardinals coachBryan Kelly said.
Jay Mann, Dulaney
Dulaney was filled withtalented seniors this year,but Mann was the one thatstood out the most. The6-foot-4, Navy-bound midfielderhad 34 goals and 27assists for the Class 4A-3Achampion Lions. Since makingthe varsity as a freshman,Mann has gotten bettereach season, and has careertotals of 67 goals and 93 assists.Most Baltimore Countycoaches called Mann themost talented and versatileplayer in the county this season.
"He was kind of the heartand the soul of our team,"Lions coach Jake Reed said."He's a workhorse midfielderwho never comes off thefield, he has a great attitudeand great leadership."
Mark Staines, Severn
Time and again, the seniorshowed his versatility. The6-foot-5 defender moved tomidfield when needed andscored four goals and dishedout two assists. He wasstrong on ground balls,scooping 158, and also did occasionalfaceoffs.
"He'll do whatever it takesto put us in a position towin," Severn coach BrianWood said. "The kids all lookup to him, and whatever hedoes, he does it at a high level.He's all out all the time."Staines will attend NorthCarolina in the fall, the sameschool where his three olderbrothers, Ronnie, Billy andBen played lacrosse.
Steele Stanwick, Loyola
Last year's All-Metro Playerof the Year wanted onething this season: for histeam to repeat as MIAA AConference champion. TheVirginia-bound senior, whowas nursing an injured righthand in the playoffs, led histeam back against CalvertHall in the semifinals, scoringthe team's last threegoals, including the game-winnerin overtime.
He had a goal and two assistsin the final, bringing hisseason totals to 39 goals and31 assists, and his career totalsto 123 goals and 108 assists.He is a member of theU-19 national team.
"When everyone's movingat 100 mph, Steele is alwayscalm and collected, and Ireally admire that abouthim," fellow Loyola seniorattackman Joe Cummingssaid. "He's probably one ofthe best lacrosse players I'llever get to play with."