Boys lacrosse: Paul Noone, South River

(Coach of the Year) (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun / May 1, 2012)

In his first four seasons as coach of his alma mater, Noone guided the Seahawks to a state championship in 2009 and a second state title-game appearance last spring. His resume added an unexpected and most gratifying 2012 season.

Losing six starters from last year's team and working with a young roster that included just eight seniors, the No. 8 Seahawks exceeded all expectations in going 20-0 and winning the program's second Class 4A-3A state championship.

The Seahawks had to weather plenty of storms to win the tough Anne Arundel County crown. Then they defeated Glenelg, last year's 2A-1A state champion, to claim the District V title before going back to work to beat many of the same Anne Arundel teams a second time to come out of the East region.

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"The biggest issue was getting the kids to believe in what they were doing and trusting their instincts," said Noone, who has an 80-12 career record. "The younger kids started to jell with the older kids, and everything just clicked."

The team's 10-8 win over Westminster in the state final provided the prime example of what Noone and his Seahawks were all about this season. After falling behind 7-0, the Seahawks displayed belief and confidence in dominating the second half. Noone also praised the knowledge and hard work of his assistant coaches — Greg Speed, Mike Hicks, Steve Marohl, Gary Luiza and Steve Hincks.

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