A pair of Carroll County standouts are at opposite ends of great lacrosse careers at Washington College.
Liberty grad Greg Rupert justfinished a solid four-year career at the Kent County school, while South Carroll's Jamie Carver established himself as the future of the program in his freshman campaign this spring.
"They are two great kids who did a super job for us this year," Washington coach Terry Corcoran said. "Greg has had an outstanding career here and was a tremendous asset to Washington College lacrosse.
"Jamie got to play an awful lot his freshman year and has a bright future in college lacrosse."
Unfortunate circumstances turned whatappeared to be a possible national championship year into a rebuilding season for the Division III Shoremen.
The incident took place Feb. 17 when a team van returning from a preseason scrimmage was pulled over by the North Carolina Highway Patrol for speeding and beer wasfound. Ten players -- including seven probable starters -- aboard the van were eventually dismissed from the team by the Washington College athletic department.
The dismissals of the 10 affected both Carroll players.
Rupert had to provide more leadership to a suddenly young and inexperienced team, while Carver, expecting to see little varsity playing time, found himself right in the middle of the action.
"We lost a lot of experience -- seven starters, five of them seniors
-- and the younger players had to move right in," Rupert said. "You could see it on the field."
The Shoremen finished the year with a disappointing 3-8 record, but Rupert made the most of the situation with 10 goals and an assist as one of the team's co-captains.
"We went from a veteran team to a very young team, and Greg provided tremendous leadership for us and the young kids looked up to him," said Corcoran, a nine-year coach. "He stood tall through it all and was the force that kept the team together."
Rupert's best year camein 1990, when he scored 16 goals and two assists as the Shoremen reached the Division III championship.
"My sophomore year (1989), we reached the Final Four and lost in overtime to Ohio Wesleyan," Rupertsaid. "The following year, we came back and beat Ohio Wesleyan to reach the finals.
"Our goal every year is to make the championship game, and it was particularly sweet beating Wesleyan to get there."
The 22-year-old Eldersburg native will graduate later this month with a degree in business. The coach said there is no doubt that Rupert left his mark at Washington and will be missed.
"He was the hardest-working player I've ever worked with," Corcoran said. "He came in his freshman year on the 'B' team and worked real hard to make himself into a great player.
"It was enjoyable watching him mature and develop over the four years and he was a pleasure to coach."
Corcoran is looking for much of the same from Carver.
An attack player at South Carroll who scored 39 goals and added 29 assists his senior year, the 18-year-old from Woodbine not only had to adjust to the college level, but also was moved to the midfield position this spring at Washington.
"It was a big adjustment," Carver said. "The collegegame is much more physical with more running, and every team you play is good.
"I moved to midfield this spring and really like it. There is much more room to make moves and I can use my quickness more at midfield."
Corcoran believes Carver's freshman experience will pay off for him and the Shoremen in the upcoming years.
"We gave him a lot of responsibilities as a freshman, and he really blossomed atmidfield," Corcoran said. "He's a tremendous athlete who plays extremely hard, and we're excited to have him the next three years."