Player of the Year
Rob Witte, South Carroll, Sr., attack: The Cavaliers attacker set new standards in the county this season with his 61 goals and 15 assists. His ability to move without the ball to separate himself from would-be defenders and the fact that his left-hand shot was as strong as his right hand was a lethal combination. Surrounded by more established, experienced players last season, Witte quietly scored 35 goals and added 11 assists to make first-team all-county honors in his first varsity season. This year, he stepped up even more. "He was absolutely incredible," said South Carroll coach Jeff Alisauckas. "From the first day of practice he was focused, wanting to play lacrosse." During the preseason, Alisauckas talked to Witte about playing midfield. At first, the senior standout thought his coach wanted him to switch positions, but Alisauckas wanted him to continue playing attack and also see some time at midfield as well. "We wanted him on the field as much as possible," Alisauckas said. "He accepted the challenge and went beyond any coach's expectations." Witte was at his best in a playoff win against Atholton when he scored nine goals, leading the Cavaliers to the region championship game.
Coach of the Year
Jeff Alisauckas, South Carroll: The Cavaliers' 9-6 loss to eventual state runner-up Mount Hebron in the Class 3A/4A West region final left Alisauckas disappointed, but his team's effort left him extremely pleased. The Cavaliers continued their dominance in their own backyard, winning their 10th straight county title and third under Alisauckas, and also showed they could play with anyone else. They finished 12-3 and reached the region final for the first time under Alisauckas with an impressive 15-5 win over Atholton in the semifinals. "The goal this year was to get further in the playoffs. We didn't want to get bumped out in the first round like we did last year," Alisauckas said. "The way all the kids produced this year and the strides all the kids made across the entire board makes me really pleased." Alisauckas made some adjustments at the start of the season when he put in a man-to-man defense to go with the Cavaliers' customary zone. The different looks paid dividends throughout the season. "The man-to-man early on got us a lot quicker and helped our zone later in the season," Alisauckas said. On attack, Alisauckas knew the Cavaliers would have to rely on senior Rob Witte. His decision to also give his standout some regular shifts at midfield along with his duties up front proved wise as the double duty didn't hinder Witte's scoring output.
The first team
Dave Baker, Westminster, Sr., attack: The Owls' leading scorer makes the jump to the first team this season after earning honorable mention status as a junior. With one of the hardest shots in the county, he finished the season with 26 goals and also added 17 assists. One of Baker's finest efforts came early in the season when he scored six goals and dished out three assists in a win against Howard.
Tim Bettis, South Carroll, Sr., defense: A first-year starter for the Cavaliers, Bettis worked hard to improve his entire game and it showed with a solid season. He got some experience last season playing in man-down situations and added speed and strength going into this season to come into his own as a full-time defender. Coach Jeff Alisauckas was most impressed with Bettis' stickwork and ability to clear the ball out of danger.
Gaelen Cross, Liberty, Sr., defense: An all-metro offensive guard in football, Cross brought his strength and quickness to the lacrosse field to keep opposing attackers in order. He often wore down opposing attackers with his tight marking and strong checks. His aggressive approach always had attackmen listening for footsteps. Cross also was a strong position defender who had good stickwork.
Jim Fitze, Liberty, Sr., midfield: Fitze, who finished the season with 20 goals and five assists, came into his own this season with a relentless work ethic that provided great leadership for the younger Lions. Along with running on the top line, he worked on man-down situations and was the type of player who didn't want to leave the field. His scrappy play between the two restraining lines played a big role in the Lions' transition game.
Charlie Gibson, South Carroll, Jr., midfield: field: Gibson simply got the job done all over the field for the county champ Cavaliers this season. It was never more evident than the Cavs' 16-10 regular-season win over Atholton when he scored four goals, had three assists, collected 10 ground balls and won 14 faceoffs. The finest two-way player in the county, he finished the season with 17 goals and 13 assists along with his strong work on draws and ground balls.
Jonathan Gibson, Westminster, Sr., goalie: The Owls' two-year starter turned back 56 percent of the shots sent his way (170 saves) and what was equally impressive is what he did with the ball after he got it. With his good stickwork and ability to distribute the ball, Gibson took charge of the defense and often got the Owls started in transition. Gibson had the quick reflexes and a good understanding of the angles to make the big saves and had great vision of the entire field once he collected the ball.
Kjeld Lauritzen, South Carroll, Sr., goalie: Time and time again Lauritzen made the big save when the Cavaliers needed it most this season. His athleticism and good quickness showed with his ability to anticipate and turn back shots. It was in a losing cause in the Cavaliers' 9-6 setback to Mount Hebron in the region final when Lauritzen was at his best, turning back 16 shots, many at point-blank range. He finished the season with 139 saves while allowing just 78 goals to lead the Cavaliers to their 12-3 mark.
Shane Lettau, North Carroll, Jr., midfield: The crafty Lettau drew raves from opposing county coaches with his ability to create on his own when it appeared nothing was there. His fine stickwork combined with his good speed and agility made him a tough assignment for opposing markers. He finished the season with 10 goals and 11 assists with the ability to go left or right. He also was the steadying influence defensively at midfield for the Panthers.
Mark McAlonan, Westminster, Sr., midfield: field: In his third varsity season, McAlonan did everything well to provide an anchor for the Owls' top midfield line and also was on the field in man-up and man-down situations. He finished the season with 15 goals and seven assists and provided a bigger value to the Westminster team with his defensive ability. His aggressive play and athleticism came to good use in winning ground balls and tracking back defensively.
Ryan Pagels, Liberty, Jr., defense: Clearly the best defender in the county, Pagels earned the reputation off his ability to hold his own in one-on-one situations against the finest of attackers. His overall athleticism was combined with his aggressive play and smarts to give those opposing attackmen fits. His game-long battle with South Carroll's Rob Witte in the region playoffs will be long remembered.
Shawn Waters, South Carroll, Sr., attack: Every good scorer has a feeder and there hasn't been anyone in the county better than Waters, who set a South Carroll record with 50 assists -- most of them to Player of the Year Rob Witte -- and also found the net 31 times himself to lead the county in scoring with 81 points this season. His most impressive effort came in the Cavs' 15-5 region semifinal win against Atholton in which he assisted on all nine of Witte's goals and finished with two goals and 10 assists.
1996 All-Carroll County Boys Lacrosse
Player of the Year: Rob Witte, South Carroll
Coach of the Year: Jeff Alisauckas, South Carroll
Name School Year Position
Dave Baker Westminster Senior Attack
Shawn Waters South Carroll Senior Attack
Rob Witte South Carroll Senior Attack
Jim Fitze Liberty Senior Midfield
Charlie Gibson South Carroll Junior Midfield
Shane Lettau North Carroll Junior Midfield
Mark McAlonan Westminster Senior Midfield
Tim Bettis South Carroll Senior Defense
Gaelen Cross Liberty Senior Defense
Ryan Pagels Liberty Junior Defense
Jonathan Gibson Westminster Senior Goalie
Kjeld Lauritzen South Carroll Senior Goalie
Honorable mention: Zach Dietrich, David Johnson, Mike Worozbyt, Liberty; Will Smith, North Carroll; Charlie Gallagher, Dave Price, Mike Rabinovitz, Jason Weisenborn, South Carroll; Dave Hare, Pat Malinowski, Tony Palaia, Westminster.
Area All-County Boys Lacrosse Teams
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Player of the Year: Dan Marohl, St. Mary's
Coach of the Year: Jim Moorhead, St. Mary's
First team: Gerry Case, Broadneck, Senior, Attack; Peter Janney, Severn, Senior, Attack; Dan Marohl, St. Mary's, Senior, Attack; Jamison Mullen, St. Mary's, Junior, Attack; Josh White, St. Mary's, Junior, Attack; John Brianas, Annapolis, Senior, Midfield; Marcus LaChapelle, St. Mary's, Senior, Midfield; Brian McKnew, Annapolis, Senior, Midfield; Josh Sims, Severn, Senior, Midfield; Chris Martin, Broadneck, Senior, Faceoff; Zach Burke, St. Mary's, Senior, Defense; Jon Cline, St. Mary's, Senior, Defense; Jonathan King, Broadneck, Senior, Defense; Kevin Necessary, Chesapeake, Senior, Defense; Jon Horrigan, St. Mary's, Senior, Goalie
Player of the Year: Greg Patchak, Boys' Latin
Co-Coaches of the Year: Bryan Kelly, Calvert Hall; Whit Morrill, Hereford
First team: Buggs Combs, St. Paul's, Senior, Attack; Chris Kakel, St. Paul's, Senior, Attack, Chase Martin, Gilman, Senior, Attack; Greg Patchak, Boys Latin, Junior, Attack; Tom Tamberinno, Calvert Hall, Junior, Attack; Keith Baker, Gilman, Junior, Midfield; Chris Malone, Loyola, Junior, Midfield; Chris Purpura, Loyola, Senior, Midfield; Aaron Vercollone, Boys Latin, Junior, Midfield; Casey Connor, Calvert Hall, Senior, Defense; John Glatzel, Boys Latin, Junior, Defense; Todd Maher, Loyola, Senior, Defense; Richard Reid, St. Paul's, Senior, Defense; Rich Yost, St. Paul's, Senior, Goalie
Co-Players of the Year: Gregg Edell, Glenelg and Dave Friedman, Hammond
Coach of the Year: Ken Hovet, Oakland Mills
First team: Jeremy Desor, Mount Hebron, Senior, Attack; Gregg Edell, Glenelg, Senior, Attack; Beau Pich, Glenelg, Sophomore, Attack; Tim Buscher, Atholton, Senior, Midfield; Matt Rollman, Oakland Mills, Senior, Midfield; Brent Wilhoite, Mount Hebron, Senior, Midfield; Dave Friedman, Hammond, Senior, Defense; Mike Machiran, Mount Hebron, Junior, Defense; Mike Sromberg, Mount Hebron, Junior, Defense; Brian Lea, Mount Hebron, Senior, Goalie
The Baltimore Sun 1996 All-Carroll County boys lacrosse teams were selected by Glenn P. Graham after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Pub Date: 5/30/96