Player of The Year
John Glatzel, Boys' Latin: In a league considered the nation's best, it's difficult to play perfectly -- unless the player is defender John Glatzel. "Looking back, I don't think he had one bad game," Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said of the 6-foot, 180-pounder who is a high school All-American headed for Syracuse. "None of the top scorers in the league ever scored a goal against him one-on-one." Glatzel anchored a Lakers' squad that allowed an average of just over four goals during the regular season -- believed to be a school record. He was known for intercepting passes. His mobility allowed him to shadow any player, and he was quick either to run with the ball or pass it to spark a counter-attack or transition. "He's just a tremendous defender. A great take-away guy, and he picks off passes like no one I've ever seen," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden, whose No. 2 Dons were tournament runners-up to Boys' Latin. "He's already playing beyond the players on this level." St. Paul's Conor Gill, the league's top scorer with a single-season school record of 93 points, had just two assists with Glatzel on him. In a 13-4 victory over Calvert Hall, Glatzel (one goal, two assists) out-scored the Cardinals' top scorer, Tom Tamberrino. A legitimate check to Loyola's top scorer Chris Malone during the title game crippled a Dons' rally. "His checks are always clean, timely and right on the money," said St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato. "He picks his spots wisely."
Coaches of the Year
Randy Dase, Towson: Towson lost 16 players to graduation and fielded its most inexperienced team in 20 years. When the Generals were at 6-5 (the most single-season losses in school history) and in jeopardy of having a .500 record for the first time in the program's history, Dase challenged his Generals with the program's rich tradition. His club responded by winning its last six games, including the program's state-best eighth championship game -- the school's fifth since the MPSSAA switched to an official state tournament. "This was the sweetest of them all because this team started in the cellar," said Dase, who is 242-26 in 20 seasons. Sophomore keeper Jesse Markowitz had a combined 48 saves over the Generals' final three games against last year's state champ Hereford -- a regional title win that avenged an earlier loss -- Southern-Anne Arundel in the semifinals and Glenelg. Attackman Sean O'Connor keyed the come-from-behind victories over Hereford and Southern. In the state title game, a Lance Yeagle-led defense prevented scores on four of Glenelg's five extra-man opportunities, and Nick DeFelice (three goals, one assist) became the fourth Towson player to score three goals in a championship game. "There was one point, after losing [11-3] to C. Milton Wright, where the players said they didn't care," said Dase, whose team made its first title-game appearance since 1994. Said Yeagle, who is bound for Hofstra, "We had some doubts after two years of failure, but there was a lot of pride in our tradition, so we really stepped it up to get our title back."
Bob Shriver, Boys' Latin: With the talent on this year's senior-laden squad, the pressure of being No. 1-ranked from the season's outset and a reputation for faltering in the playoffs, "It could have been easy for Shrives to let his players run wild," said St. Paul's Brocato. "But he kept those kids composed and playing within the team concept, even though they were under a lot of scrutiny from the media and alumni." Teammate Pat Radebaugh died in a summer car accident, and the Lakers dedicated their season to his memory, wearing his name and jersey number (27) on their helmets. Sometimes, the players draped Radebaugh's jersey on the bench. The Lakers out-scored league opponents, 170-61, including the playoffs (14.2-to-4.5 per game) and assisted on nearly 80 percent of the goals en route to going 17-0 in winning the MIAA A Conference title. Boys' Latin entered the title game against Loyola at only 2-4 in championship games under 18-year coach Shriver (220-72) and having faced comparisons by some to Maryland's greatest teams ever. Although 13 players had signed to play for Division I programs prior to the season, Shriver -- whose reserves were mostly seniors -- did a good job of substitution during games, keeping the players on his bench happy. Most of the team members had played together since eighth grade, going 30-0 through ninth grade. "This team was like a family in every sense," said Shriver, who had team dinners the night before every game. "They did a wonderful job of emphasizing us as a group and a team, and the team captains never let them waver from that."
The first team
Keith Baker, Gilman, senior, midfield: The Georgetown-bound Baker was one of only three seniors who were regular starters for the No. 3 Greyhounds. In addition to scoring 25 goals with 11 assists, Baker unselfishly did the dirty work of getting ground balls and being the team's general workhorse. "He was solid all year and stepped up in big games," said coach John Tucker.
Adam Borcz, Calvert Hall, senior, midfield: Borcz, headed for Navy, was the Cardinals' top goal-scorer with 32 goals to go with nine assists, and perhaps the team's best pure shooter. In the semifinal loss to Boys' Latin, he scored Calvert Hall's first three goals -- the first after sprinting over 45 yards -- to give the Cardinals a one-goal lead each time. Borcz scored three goals and one assist in victories over St. Paul's and Gilman.
Damian Davis, Gilman, sophomore, defense: An aggressive, tireless player, Davis (6-foot-1, 190) -- who also wrestles and plays football -- "was the best athlete on our team," coach Tucker said. Hard checks, relentless play on ground balls and 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash make Davis an intimidating prospect and a future star in the A Conference.
Beret Dickson, Calvert Hall, senior, goalie: Dickson, headed for Brown University, had 256 saves while allowing 107 goals, coming through best in 10-9 victories over Gilman (22 saves) and St. Mary's (19). "He does a lot of things for them," said Boys' Latin's Shriver, who faced Calvert Hall three times -- games in which Dickson had a combined 61 saves. "He'd come out of the goal and get the ground balls, made great clears and helped their offense with his out-let passes," said Shriver of Dickson.
Conor Gill, St. Paul's, junior, attack: Gill's 30 goals and 63 assists for a league-high 93 points set a school single-season record, and his 10 points (two goals, eight assists) vs. Calvert Hall were one point shy of the school's single-game record. Gill, 6-3, 170 pounds, also scooped 92 ground balls. "I thought he was the best offensive player in the league," said St. Paul's Brocato.
Chris Malone, Loyola, senior, midfield: Bound for NCAA runner-up Maryland, Malone was the Dons' top scorer with 27 goals, 18 assists and the catalyst for almost everything Loyola did offensively and defensively. "End line to end line, I thought he was the best player in the league," said coach Joe McFadden. "He was on every dead ball. He could attack from in front of the goal, from behind, intercept clears. He played hard for 48 minutes."
Pat McGinnis, Loyola, senior, goalie: McGinnis, who will play for Maryland next year, had 61 saves over the Dons' final three games against McDonogh (an 8-7 overtime victory), Calvert Hall (a 12-8 win) and Boys' Latin (a title-game loss). "We wouldn't have reached the championship game if not for him," said McFadden. In two victories over St. Paul's, McGinnis (6-0, 170) had 36 saves. "He was a wall against us," said Crusaders' coach Brocato.
Pat Miller, Loyola, senior, defense: Tough, physical and an excellent marking defender and position player, Miller, headed for Johns Hopkins, helped the Dons to prevent all but two league opponents from scoring in double figures. Ryan Mollett, Boys' Latin, midfielder: Headed for two-time NCAA champion Princeton, Mollett (6-3, 190), ranked No. 1 in his class academically, contributed his 13 goals and seven assists at the most opportune times. With Boys' Latin tied, 1-1, with Loyola in the title game, he made an interception on a man-down situation and later scored to ignite a 6-0 run. He also scored the initial goal in an earlier win over Calvert Hall. "Ryan Mollett does it all," said Brocato. "He runs and controls the midfield, clears, plays both offense and defense, and has a great stick."
Greg Patchak, Boys' Latin, senior, attack: Despite missing two games with a knee injury, the Duke-bound Patchak -- featured in Sports Illustrated and ranked No. 2 in his class academically -- scored 49 goals to go with 21 assists to raise his career totals at Boys' Latin to 97 goals and 69 assists for 166 points (No. 1 on the Lakers' all-time scoring list). As a junior, Patchak earned All-Metro honors by scoring 48 goals and 48 assists for 96 points (all single-season school records). His 34 goals and 48 assists in two prior seasons at Calvert Hall raise his four-year totals to 131 goals and 117 assists (an average of 32.75 goals and 29.25 assists per season). He was the top vote-getter from league coaches who picked the All-MIAA A team.
David Rose, Boys' Latin, senior, defense: Steady, hard-nosed and smooth, Rose, headed for the University of Maryland, was the perfect complement to Glatzel. Rose (6-0, 175) also was adept at intercepting passes, delivering checks at opportune times and otherwise disrupting the opposing offense. Rose also assisted on three goals.
Ian Shure, Boys' Latin, senior, attack: Shure (5-11, 170) scored 30 goals with 44 assists as the team's top scorer this season. Shure's 73 career goals and school-record 89 assists have him ranked No. 3 on the Lakers' all-time scoring list with 162 points. Shure is headed for the University of Virginia. "He had a phenomenal season," Shriver said.
Tom Tamberrino, Calvert Hall, senior, attack: tack: The leading scorer for the Cardinals for the second straight season, Tamberrino, an All-Metro defenseman in soccer, scored 28 goals to go with 31 assists for a team that was ranked as high as No. 2 in the area before finishing at No. 5. Tamberrino is headed for Georgetown.
Aaron Vercollone, Boys' Latin, senior, midfield: The Virginia-bound Vercollone (6-2, 180) is fast (4.5-second 40-yard dash), productive (26 goals, 12 assists) and had perhaps the team's hardest shot. Vercollone, who also handled faceoff duties, fired in many of his goals from around the perimeter of the crease after Patchak and Shure had softened up the opposing defense. "He's always right in the middle of everything," said coach Bob Shriver. Said Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly: "He's physical, fast and intimidating. You've got to respect him."
Player of the Year: John Glatzel, Boys' Latin
Co-coaches of the Year: Bob Shriver, Boys' Latin; Randy Dase, Towson.
Name, School, Year, Position
Conor Gill, St. Paul's, Junior, Attack
Greg Patchak, Boys' Latin, Senior, Attack
Ian Shure, Boys' Latin, Senior, Attack
Tom Tamberrino, Calvert Hall, Senior, Attack
Chris Malone, Loyola, Senior, Midfield
Keith Baker, Gilman, Senior, Midfield
Aaron Vercollone, Boys' Latin, Senior, Midfield
Ryan Mollett, Boys' Latin, Senior, Midfield
Adam Borcz, Calvert Hall, Senior, Midfield
John Glatzel, Boys' Latin, Senior, Defense
David Rose, Boys' Latin, Senior, Defense
Pat Miller, Loyola, Senior, Defense
Damian Davis, Gilman, Senior, Defense
Pat McGinnis, Loyola, Senior, Goalie
Beret Dickson, Calvert Hall, Senior, Goalie
Alex Lieske, Gilman, Senior, Attack
Rob Rinehimer, Hereford, Senior, Attack
Tom Glatzel, Boys' Latin, Senior, Attack
Bill Kaufmann, Dulaney, Senior, Attack
Ryan Boyle, Gilman, Soph., Attack
Tom Halford, St. Paul's, Senior, Midfield
Owen Daly, McDonogh, Soph., Midfield
Ryan Davis, Catonsville, Senior, Midfield
Jamie Hubbard, Friends, Senior, Midfield
David Ulrich, Boys' Latin, Senior, Midfield
Mike Garrott, Mount St. Joseph, Junior, Defense
Joe Rosenbaum, McDonogh, Soph., Defense
Lance Yeagle, Towson, Senior, Defense
Scott Marimow, St. Paul's, Junior, Defense
Geoff Champney, Dulaney, Senior, Goalie
The Baltimore Sun 1997 All-Baltimore City/County boys lacrosse teams were selected by Lem Satterfield after consultations with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Pub Date: 5/28/97