Player of the Year
Dan Marohl, St. Mary's, senior, attack: Only one other player in the history of St. Mary's lacrosse has scored more points in a season than the 79 scored by Marohl (43 goals and 36 assists). His spectacular play led the Saints to their greatest season ever, a 17-0 record and the MIAA A Conference championship. Marohl's point total is surpassed only by Brian Wood, The Sun's Anne Arundel Player of the Decade for the 1980s. Wood scored 81 points in 1981 and 87 points in '82 to finish with Anne Arundel County career records of 154 goals and 148 assists for 302
points. "Dan is second only to Brian Wood, which is saying something, and he is one of the most intelligent and unselfish players we've ever had," said coach Jim Moorhead. "Danny could have scored more goals, but he is a tremendous feeder and should be a great player in college." An example of Marohl's passing skills came in the 13-10 MIAA A Conference final win over St. Paul's when Marohl had a goal and three of four assists to give the Saints a 3-0 lead. Marohl, who rarely loses the ball because of his impeccable stick control with both hands, won the prestigious C. Markland Kelly Award that goes to the top player in the A Conference. Don Zimmerman, the former Johns Hopkins coach who's now the coach at UMBC, recruited Marohl. Marohl's older brother played for Zimmerman's Retrievers, who use basically the same offensive system as Moorhead and the Saints.
Coach of the Year
Jim Moorhead, St. Mary's: Moorhead guided the Saints to the greatest season in 46 years of lacrosse at the small (560 students) Annapolis school. "No question it was the best team ever at St. Mary's, a once-in-a-lifetime team," said the Anne Arundel County Coach of the Year, who is quick to give credit to assistants Mike Codd (offense), Rob White (defense) and Jamie McNealy (goalkeepers). The 17-0 Saints were only the third undefeated team in A Conference history -- St. Paul's in 1992 and Calvert Hall in 1972 were the others. It was St. Mary's league-leading fourth title-game appearance of the decade, and the Saints' second crown of the 1990s. The Saints trailed twice this year -- 1-0 in a 14-2 rout of Fallston and 2-0 in a 10-9 decision over Calvert Hall. They were tied at 3-3 in an eventual 5-3 decision over Boys' Latin. "It was rare in that we coaches were not disappointed in any kid on the team," said Moorhead, who is 194-67 for his career (.743 winning percentage over 17 seasons). "Every kid played to his maximum ability. They definitely wanted to go undefeated."
The first team
Gerry Case, Broadneck, senior, attack: One of three repeaters on Anne Arundel County's first team, Case led the Bruins (19-1, school record) to their third state title in five years with 64 goals and 14 assists. The 64 goals set a school season record, and Case finished with the school career record for goals with 123. Case scored five of his goals, including the game-winner in the second overtime, in the 10-9 3A-4A state title victory over Mount Hebron. Case is bound for Loyola College, where Broadneck coach Clay White says Case has "unlimited potential, and the turf at Loyola is just right for him."
Jon Cline, St. Mary's, senior, defense: Another high school All-American and All-Anne Arundel County first-team repeater, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Cline often intimidated foes with his forceful takeaways. "Jon was one of the main reasons we were only behind in a game just twice this season," said Moorhead. "His physical presence and play meant a lot to our success." Cline is expected to prep a year at Bridgeton (Mass.) Academy and move onto a major Division I school.
Buggs Combs, St. Paul's, senior, attack: With a league-high 52 goals to go with 15 assists, Combs, who is headed for Maryland, "was the spirit of our team and a tremen dous finisher," said second-year coach Rick Brocato. He had seven goals and an assist in a regular-season win over Loyola and scored the overtime game-winner against McDonogh. Combs' 64 ground balls led Crusaders attackmen.
Casey Connor, Calvert Hall, senior, defense: fense: Connor, who had 56 ground balls and 58 takeaways, shut down some of the league's better players. All-Americans Dan Marohl (St. Mary's), the C. Markland Kelly Award winner, and Josh Sims (Severn) scored a goal each against Connor. In one of three games played against Connor, Ian Shure (Boys' Latin) was held to no goals and no assists. His efforts nearly led to what would have been the league's biggest upset in a 10-9 loss to St. Mary's. A "B" student with a 1,200 score on the SAT, Connor is headed for Maryland.
John Glatzel, Boys' Latin, junior, defense: Glatzel is mentioned almost unanimously by league coaches as one of the conference's best defenders. "Obviously, we assigned him to all of the best attackmen, and he was just tenacious," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver. Glatzel, who had three assists, was critical in helping to hold high-powered St. Mary's to its lowest output in a 5-3 loss. He was excellent on clears and led the defense with 79 ground balls.
Marcus LaChapelle, St. Mary's, senior, midfield: LaChapelle was the leader of a steady midfield. "Marcus was our most consistent middie and he, his brother, Brian, and Chris Criswell stayed together the entire season, the first time I never changed the middies," said Moorhead. "Marcus was a major threat to score at any time, and could become a Division I impact player." LaChapelle, a member of the All-Anne Arundel County Academic-Athletic team with a 4.0 GPA and a 1,240 SAT score, had 18 goals and 24 assists. He and brother Brian, a faceoff specialist, have received lacrosse scholarships to Maryland.
Todd Maher, Loyola, senior, defense: North Carolina-bound Maher (5-10, 175), a three-year starter, made up for any perceived size disadvantage with excellent close defense skills and reflexes. "He was fortunate to have been around [former All-Metro] Karl Zeller when he was a sophomore, and that was a huge benefit for him," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden. "He stepped into a leadership role as a junior and earned second-team All-Metro, and he's continued to get better. Very few, if any, scored against him in close defense." Maher was a member of Maryland's select team last summer.
Chase Martin, Gilman, senior, attack: Martin, who has signed with North Carolina, completed an exemplary career as a four-year starter for the Greyhounds. A second-team All-Metro selection last year, Martin scored 39 goals with 19 assists this year and finished with 141 goals and 72 assists for his career. One of his best efforts came when he scored his third goal with 16 seconds left to beat Loyola, 11-10, during a game played in a downpour. "He was a great shooter, a mainstay on attack and our go-to guy," said coach John Tucker.
Greg Patchak, Boys' Latin, junior, attack: Patchak (48 goals, 48 assists) scored nearly 100 points, more than any other player in the league. The Baltimore City/Coun ty Player of the Year has 93 career goals and 106 career assists. He was the Lakers' C. Markland Kelly nominee and one of the MIAA's four All-Americans. Among his best efforts was a four-goal, two-assist performance in a 13-3 semifinal rout of No. 6 Calvert Hall, the school from which he transferred. In an earlier 11-10 loss to Calvert Hall, Patchak scored three unanswered goals to tie the game at 7, and again at 10-10 with his fifth and sixth goals. He had three goals and three assists, including the game-winning score, vs. Pennsylvania's No. 1 team, Episcopal Academy, and two goals and five assists in an 18-9 rout of Gilman.
Richard Reid, St. Paul's, senior, defense: Reid, a long-stick middie, was the league's top scoring defender with nine goals and three assists, and was among the league's elite at scooping ground balls with 97. The Virginia-bound senior had 17 ground balls against Gilman, six in the overtimes of a double-overtime victory. In an 11-8 victory over Severn, Reid scored three goals, had an assist and scooped 11 ground balls. "He'd control the field and led a lot of our fast breaks," coach Rick Brocato said.
Josh Sims, Severn, senior, midfield: Another returning All-Anne Arundel County first-teamer, Sims, a team captain, led the Admirals in ground balls for the second straight season and controlled 72 percent of his faceoffs while scoring 28 goals and assisting on a dozen others. A high school All-American and member of the U.S. Under-19 team, Sims is one of seven seniors in the country selected to compete in the World Championships in Japan this summer. "He dominated everyone he faced, and to me he was the best player in the league," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden. Sims, a 3.86 student with an SAT score of 1,220, was the Admirals' C. Markland Kelly Award nominee and will play for NCAA champion Princeton.
Aaron Vercollone, Boys' Latin, junior, midfield: Vercollone (6-2, 175 pounds) played with a balanced, yet fiery intensity, scoring 32 goals and adding 15 assists, winning 85 of 133 faceoffs (64 percent) and grabbing 97 ground balls. In perhaps his best game, a rout of Gilman, he had five goals and an assist. "He scored the game's first goal in six seconds against Gilman. He won the faceoff, passed it off to someone, then scored the goal. He's got very good speed," said Shriver. "His stats are terrific for a midfielder. He brings a lot of passion and commitment to the game."
Rich Yost, St. Paul's, senior, goalie: Yost is bound for Cornell, where the starting spot will likely be his. "Their goalie is graduating, and coach Richie Moran expects him to step in and start," St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato said. Yost amassed 184 saves in 13 games (an average of 14 per outing) and allowed 101 goals. Brocato rates Yost, who also scored a goal and assisted on another, as one of the three most critical players in helping the Crusaders to their runner-up A Conference finish.
1. St. Mary's (17-0)
2. St. Paul's (12-2)
3. Boys' Latin (15-4)
4. Loyola (9-5)
5. Gilman (10-5)
6. Calvert Hall (9-6)
7. Broadneck (17-2)
8. Mount Hebron (15-2)
9. Severn (6-8)
10. Annapolis (11-3)
11. McDonogh (10-8)
12. Dulaney (13-3)
13. John Carroll (11-3)
14. Hereford (13-3)
15. Friends (11-4)
Other teams considered: Catonsville (12-5), Towson (9-2), Oakland Mills (11-4), South Carroll (12-3), Glenelg (10-5)
1996 All-Metro Boys Lacrosse
Player of the Year: Dan Marohl, St. Mary's
Coach of the Year: Jim Moorhead, St. Mary's
QGName .... .... .... School .... .... .... Year .... .... .... Position
Gerry Case .... .. Broadneck .... ... ... Senior .... ... ... Attack
Buggs Combs ...... St. Paul's .... ...... Senior .... ....... Attack
Dan Marohl ....... St. Mary's .... ...... Senior ..... ...... Attack
Greg Patchak ..... Boys' Latin .... ..... Junior ..... ...... Attack
Chase Martin ..... Gilman ....... ....... Senior ...... ..... Attack
Aaron Vercollone .. Boys' Latin ..... ... Junior ...... ..... Midfield
Marcus LaChapelle ... St. Mary's ........ Senior ...... ..... Midfield
Josh Sims ..... ..... Severn ...... ..... Senior ...... .... Midfield
Todd Maher .... ..... Loyola ..... ..... Senior ..... ...... Defense
John Glatzel ........ Boys' Latin ...... Senior ..... ...... Defense
Jon Cline ..... ..... St. Mary's ....... Senior ..... ...... Defense
Casey Connor ........ Calvert Hall ..... Senior ..... ...... Defense
Richard Reid ........ St. Paul's ....... Senior ..... ...... Defense
Rich Yost ...... .... St. Paul's ....... Senior ..... ...... Goalie
PFName ........ ...... School ...... ...... Year ...... ...... Position
Gregg Edell ........ Glenelg .... ...... Senior ..... ..... Attack
Kevin Gemmell ...... Catonsville ....... Senior ..... ..... Attack
Chris Kakel ........ St. Paul's ........ Senior ..... ..... Attack
Tom Tamberrino ..... Calvert Hall ...... Junior ..... ..... Attack
Rob Witte ..... .... South Carroll ...... Senior ..... .... Attack
Chris Malone ....... Loyola ...... ...... Junior ...... ... Midfield
Keith Baker .... ... Gilman ...... ...... Junior ...... ... Midfield
Chris Purpura ...... Loyola ...... ...... Senior ...... ... Midfield
Dave Lock ...... ... Hereford .... ...... Senior ..... .... Midfield
Tim Parks .... ..... John Carroll ....... Senior ..... .... Midfield
Brian McKnew ....... Annapolis ..... .... Senior ..... .... Midfield
Mike Stromberg ..... Mount Hebron ....... Junior ..... .... Defense
Zach Burke ..... ... St. Mary's ..... .... Senior .... .... Defense
Jay Born ...... .... Mount St. Joseph .... Senior .... .... Goalie
Pub Date: 6/01/96