Player of the Year
Mike Rabinovitz, South Carroll, senior, midfielder: The three-year varsity starter played a key role in helping the Cavaliers win the Class 3A-4A West Region title. Rabinovitz led the team in scoring (60 points), ground balls (171) and was its best face-off man. A solid, all-around midfielder, the team captain played a big part in the region championship win at Liberty by winning several important face-offs that stopped the Lions from gaining momentum. The Kelly Award finalist will play at Lehigh next year.
Coach of the Year
Jeff Alisauckas, South Carroll: The Cavaliers saw their longtime county championship streak ended last year. Alisauckas helped them regain not only the county title but also guided the Cavs to a region championship. South Carroll finished 14-5 and made it to the state semifinals where it lost to eventual champion Annapolis. The Cavaliers were a senior-dominated team, one that was disciplined and played well in tough games, winning the region title on the road at Liberty, 11-9. The Lions had beaten the Cavaliers earlier and held them to two goals.
Jesse Buppert, South Carroll, sophomore, attack: Buppert led the Cavaliers in assists with 30 and proved to be an impressive playmaker, despite being only a sophomore. He added 20 goals and finished fourth on the team with 50 points. Buppert also ranked second on the team with 101 ground balls. A versatile player who can go with the right or left hand, Buppert will be one of county's best attackmen next year.
Pete Eppig, Liberty, Sr., Attack: A hard-working player, Eppig was the leader on ground balls with 10 per game, very high for an attackman. He ranked in the top five among attackmen with 28 goals and 21 assists for 49 points -- despite missing two games due to injury. He'll go with teammate Mike Pearsall to Salisbury State and play lacrosse next year.
Greg Fisher, Westminster, senior, midfielder: A Kelly Award finalist, Fisher had a tremendous season, finishing with 49 goals and 20 assists. He and his brother, Ryan, made a formidable 1-2 punch for a Westminster team that had one of the county's best offenses. Fisher did a little bit of everything in every situation for Westminster, playing in many different situations and sparking the Owls throughout the year.
Ryan Fisher, Westminster, junior, midfielder: He followed brother Greg's lead and led the team with 75 points on 47 goals and 28 assists. Fisher is quickly developing into one of the area's best midfielders and was a potent scoring threat for the Owls. With his brother gone next year, Fisher should combine with some of Westminster's other strong young players to give the team a foundation for success.
Tom Freedman, Liberty, senior, midfielder: He did a little bit of everything for the Lions and was most likely the team's most valuable player. In addition to his 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists), Freedman played solid defense. He limited Greg Fisher to one goal in the playoff with Westminster and did the same against Rob Onda of South Carroll. Freedman also will go to Salisbury State for lacrosse. "He was our heart and soul," said Liberty coach Sal Picataggi."
Mike Pearsall, Liberty, senior, attack: Pearsall was one of only two players to score a goal in every game he played and led county attackmen with 40 goals. He sparked a Liberty rally midway through the South Carroll region final during which the Lions nearly took the game. Pearsall finished with three goals in that game and 48 points for the season. He's headed to Salisbury State.
Kevin Roy, Liberty, senior, attack: One of the most potent on attack in the county, Roy finished with 33 goals and 30 assists for the rapidly improving Lions. Roy is a multi-dimensional player who can pass as well as score; he had three assists in the region final loss to South Carroll. He scored seven goals in one game against Westminster and will got to either Notre Dame or Loyola next year.
Rob Onda, South Carroll, senior, midfielder: Onda ranked third on the team with 38 goals and 18 assists for 56 points. A hard working midfielder who also racked up 87 ground balls (fourth on the team). Onda started for three years and coach Jeff Alisauckas praised him as a "hustler and a hard worker." Onda will play Division III lacrosse next year at Lynchburg.
Micah Reese, Liberty, junior, defense: Reese consistently went up against the best players in the county -- and shut them all down. He held both Mike Rabinovitz and Greg Fisher to one goal. Early in the season, he even limited Rabinovitz to just one assist. Reese is a three-sport athlete, a solid student and Division I coaches already are heavily recruiting him.
Josh Ries, Westminster, junior, defense: He led the Westminster defense in many ways this season. Ries constantly went up against the opposition's No. 1 attackman and did a great job of limiting his effectiveness. In addition, he was a hard worker who led all Owls defensemen in ground balls. He also helped the offense out from time to time by registering three assists.
Brice Sauers, Liberty, senior, goalie: Sauers had another great season, serving as an anchor for the Liberty defense. He had a goals-against average of 5.9 and racked up 10 wins. In addition, he had a save percentage of .690 and had a number of big VTC performances. He could be one of the metro area's best goalies and will go to Catonsville Community College next year to play lacrosse.
Greg Will, South Carroll, senior, defense: A tough player who made a lot of No. 1 attackmen very unhappy. The three-year starter who played tough defense against the Fisher brothers from Westminster, Liberty's Kevin Roy and others. He also had 46 ground balls for the Cavaliers and was easily one of the best defensemen in the county and rarely made mistakes.
Ryan Wynne, South Carroll, senior, attack: Another Cavalier who had a big senior season, Wynne ranked second on the team with 57 points. He scored 36 goals and had 21 assists for the Cavaliers. Alisauckas praised his hard work, which was shown in the number of ground balls he scooped up -- 73 -- which ranked fifth on the team. He had a big game in the region final against Liberty, scoring three goals.
The Baltimore Sun 1998 All-Carroll County boys and girls lacrosse teams were selected by Jeff Seidel and John W. Stewart, respectively, after consultations with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Pub Date: 5/27/98