Sunny skies and unseasonably moderate temperatures provided a perfect backdrop yesterday for Hero's Lacrosse All-Star Day at Anne Arundel Community College.
More than 1,000 spectators were on hand to watch more than 250 of the county's premier male and female lacrosse players compete in five games.
The day's festivities opened with the junior high girls' North team defeating the South, 11-9.
Jennifer Manning and Marisa Kowalczak scored two goals each to pace the North, but it was midfielder Athena Mahoney who captured Most Valuable Player honors for the team.
Melissa Hayes emerged as MVP for the South, scoring three goals in a losing cause. Claire Wagner added two goals for the South.
The high school girls' game was not nearly as close, as the South claimed a 20 -14 victory with the help of eight goals by MVP Cara Garton.
Andi Phillips and Kim Marlet added three goals each for the South, while Margaret Ahern and Tamie Bird chipped in two goals apiece. Michelle Julian also had a big day in the goal for the South, recording 12 saves.
Severna Park graduate Erika Mawhoor, now at Loyola, scored seven goals and was named MVP of the North squad. Also playing well in defeat for the North were Rita Leventry and Mary Iliff, who notched two goals each.
The junior boys game was the most one-sided of the day's contests, as the North hammered the South, 12-6. Eric Motschiedler was MVP for the North with three goals, while Tim Kerr took MVP honors for the South with a pair of goals.
The high school boys game was a see-saw contest that the North eventually won, 10-9.
Taylor Boone, of Annapolis, led the way for the North with three goals and two assists and was named team MVP.
David Livingston, of Severna Park, and John McDonald, of Walt Whitman High School, contributed two goals each for the North.
The North got excellent defensive play from David Lachappelle, of Severn School, and Paul Villareal, of St. Mary's, and strong ground-ball efforts from John Miller, of Severna Park, and Ian Vickery, of Poly.
Severn School's Jason Lonchar scored three goals and was the MVP for the South. Annapolis long stickman Brendan Bellotte anchored the South defense, but failed in his bid for a fifth consecutive Hero's MVP award.
Winston McKenna, Dan Wolf and Maury Lapointe finished with two goals each for the South and Southern's Brian Barber was impressive in goal.
"There were 15 Division I college coaches there and about 10 coaches from Division III schools," said league supervisor Jay Whitelock. "I wouldn't be surprised if seven or eight players get scholarships from this.
"I sat with some of the college coaches, and they were impressed at how evenly matched the teams were. It was very unlike a normal summer league all-star game."
The Open Division contest was a father-son coaching battle between Arlie Marshall, head coach of the Team USA squad that captured a world title two years ago in Perth, Australia, and his son, Steve Marshall, head coach of the Hero's Lacrosse Club, which competes in the highly touted United States Club Lacrosse Association.
Dad's North team won, 11-10, with Steve Phipps, the North MVP, scoring four goals.
Will Ahern, of St. Mary's and Duke University, and Lindsay Dixon each added two goals for the victors.
Steve Scaramizino, a two-time All-American defenseman at Syracuse and now an assistant coach at the Naval Academy, was MVP for the South. Other standouts for the South were Steve Marhol, Chris Bullen and Chris Dollar.