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High school lacrosse stars of the future, present and past will get their chance to shine in two all-star games tonight at Towson State.

The two exhibition games serve as the centerpiece of the third annual National Junior Lacrosse Association Festival, a three-day event that includes 1,600 boys and girls from 64 teams around the country.

The second annual New York-Maryland High School Challenge, which pits Maryland's top incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors against New York's finest, begins at 6 p.m.. That is followed by the North/South High School Boys All-Star Game, which brings together the best graduating high school seniors from around the country.

"All the coaches involved have to be thrilled having their very own dream team," said St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato, who is serving as head coach of the South All-Stars. "I know we have a lot of talent around here but I'm excited to see how some of the players from out of state play."

The North/South game, which used to be part of the Lacrosse Classic at Hopkins, will feature a South team that includes an unprecedented 12 players from the Baltimore area.

UMBC-bound attackman Dan Marohl, who led St. Mary's to a 17-0 record and the MIAA A Conference championship, is one of the dozen locals who will try to overcome a North team composed primarily of players from New York and New England.

The other local products are Gilman's Chase Martin (North Carolina); Loyola's Todd Maher (North Carolina); Broadneck's Gerry Case (Loyola College); Mount Hebron's Brian Lea (Wingate College); St. Paul's Buggs Coombs (Maryland); Severn's Josh Sims (Princeton); Dulaney's Booth Farwell; St. Mary's midfielder Marcus LaChapelle (Maryland); St. Mary's defenseman Jon Cline Bridgeton Academy); Hereford's Dave Lock (UMBC), and Chesapeake-AA's Kevin Necessary (Maryland).

Pub Date: 6/22/96

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