1998 All-Metro boys lacrosse teams

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Player of the Year

Alex Lieske, Gilman, senior, attack: This tough 5-10, 160-pound Duke-bound senior was the Greyhounds' quiet thunder. "Alex doesn't say much, never complained when we asked him to hold the ball in critical situations instead of trying to score," said coach John Tucker of Gilman's third Player of the Year in his nine seasons. "Alex is tough, not afraid to take someone on, one-on-one, to score the big goal. He'll go around you or through you, whatever it takes." Though he ranked second in team scoring with 44 goals and 35 assists, Lieske "was completely unselfish until it was time to score the big goals," Tucker said. Lieske assisted on the goal that sent the Greyhounds into overtime of a season-opening 13-12 overtime win over McDonogh, finishing with four goals and four assists while being guarded by one of the league's best defensemen in that game. He set the tone for a regular-season 12-11 win over St. Paul's with three straight goals to break a 1-1 tie. Versus Calvert Hall, Lieske gave the Greyhounds an 8-7 lead before his three goals and an assist helped clinch a 13-8 win. Lieske's unassisted goal in the title-game win over St. Paul's broke a 6-6 tie and he scored two of the next three goals in a clinching run. Lieske was a linebacker on the Greyhounds' MIAA A Conference co-runner-up football team, a testament to his tenacity.

Coach of the Year

Mike Siegert, Centennial: Siegert's Eagles closed with a 15-game winning streak after a season-opening loss to 3A-4A state champion Annapolis, finishing at 15-1 and with their first state championship. Their Class 1A-2A title featured a win over perennial Baltimore County power Towson in the state finals, which the Eagles engineered as they normally did -- by shutting down the other team and using a balanced attack to close with a run. On the the way to the title game at UMBC, the Eagles ended a 30-game league winning streak by three-time defending county champion Mount Hebron. Those were two monkeys off the back of 45-year-old Siegert, whose Eagles were state runners-up in 1994 and semifinalists in 1992 and 1993. A math teacher who has coached lacrosse for 24 years -- 21 at Centennial -- Siegert was a second-team All-American defenseman at Hopkins, from where he graduated in 1974. "This was one of those years when everything just came together perfectly, and the kids did what it took to achieve their goals," he said.

The first team

Ryan Boyle, Gilman, sophomore, attack: An excellent athlete and quarterback on the Greyhounds' MIAA co-runner-up football team, Boyle led the team with 47 goals and 41 assists and also scooped 53 ground balls. Boyle has 130 points in two years as a starter and "is the best off-ball player I've ever coached," said coach John Tucker.

Conor Gill, St. Paul's, senior, attack: Gill, headed for the University of Virginia, scored 40 goals and 39 assists and this year eclipsed the school's all-time scoring record with 236 career points. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder entered the season regarded as the nation's top Division I prospect on attack and led the Crusaders to a runner-up finish in the MIAA A Conference. Gill was the overall winner of this year's C. Markland Kelly Award. Gill this season scored six unassisted goals to trigger a 13-goal second half in a 15-9 win over Loyola. In a victory over St. Mary's, Gill's five goals and six assists (11 points) tied a single-game school record for points.

Matt Primm, McDonogh, junior, attack: With 51 goals, 27 assists and 87 ground balls, Primm "was the most improved player on our team," according to coach Jake Reed. A power scorer with a rocket of a shot, Primm was the focal point of many defenses. One MIAA A Conference coach called Primm, a football defensive back and wide receiver, "McDonogh's headiest offensive player."

Kyle Campbell, Mount Hebron, senior, attack: tack: Voted an All-American by the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Association for the second straight season and the C. Markland Kelly winner for 1A-2A schools, this 6-foot-1, 185-pound repeat All-Metro choice scored 58 goals, had 48 assists and 65 ground balls. Campbell set school season records in goals (74), points (111) and a single-game record for goals (8) last season. This year, he set school career records for goals (145), assists (106) and total points (251). Campbell is headed to Loyola College on an athletic scholarship.

Andrew Faraone, Gilman, junior, midfield: Faraone's 43 goals are the most by any first-team middie and his 35 assists are second. Big (6-2, 190) and strong, Faraone runs a 4.6-second, 40-yard dash, according to coach John Tucker, and "he's a relentless presence with a hard shot." Faraone can be a clutch player when called upon, having scored the game-winning goals against St. Paul's and McDonogh during the regular season.

Owen Daly, McDonogh, junior, midfield: Daly's 39 goals and 18 assists made him one of the league's highest scoring middies, but his 129 ground balls were the true testament to his worth. "He's a great scorer and passer with either hand," Reed said. "There's no wasted motion with him as he gets up and down the field." Daly also was a star wide receiver and defensive back in football and a key member of the basketball team, each of which won MIAA B Conference crowns. One public school coach said of Daly, "He's great offensively, D's [defenses] his man up every time down the field. He just does so many things for you. I think he's the best player in the state."

Pat Jackson, Loyola, senior, midfield: The North Carolina-bound Jackson drew the No. 1 defender nearly every game and still managed to generate the Dons' offense, scoring 19 goals to go with 23 assists. "He'd sit back and probe the defenses, set up the offense even though he most often drew the long-stick," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden.

Michael Satyshur, St. Paul's, senior, midfield: field: The Duke-bound Satyshur scored 14 goals, but his 36 assists were a high among midfielders on the first team and the result of his patience and calming effect during unsettled situations. Satyshur assisted the game-winner in an overtime MIAA semifinal win over then-No. 1 McDonogh, and helped generate the offense for that entire game. Satyshur, whose best assets are field vision and unselfishness, was most notable in controlling the tempo of games when the Crusaders' fast-break game went awry. But he was also capable of jump-starting the Crusaders in games where Gill became the focal point of opposing defenders.

Brett Wagner, Calvert Hall, senior, midfield: field: The Georgetown-bound Wagner scored 37 goals to go with 18 assists and an amazing 93 ground balls, a number which led his team. "He's the best offensive midfielder I've ever seen," said one league coach. Wagner drew the opposition's top defenseman in most games, and often was simply unstoppable, even against double- and triple-teams. Wagner also was among the top scorers on two straight MIAA A Conference champion soccer teams, earning first-team All-Baltimore City/County honors last fall. Wagner carried a 3.7 grade average and scored 1,120 on his SAT.

James Watson-Galbraith, Boys' Latin, midfield: A transplant from Perth, Australia, the UMBC-bound Watson-Galbraith engineered the turnaround for a struggling team. He scored 27 goals and had seven assists, but more importantly he won 168 of 281 faceoffs and took "90 percent" of the Lakers' faceoffs, according to coach Bob Shriver, as Boys' Latin won eight of its last 10 games. Watson-Galbraith won the final four faceoffs in a come-from-behind, 7-6 win over Loyola, and the final six in an overtime victory over St. Paul's. "Looking back," said St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato, "that kid's the one who beat us." Shriver said: "He absolutely got beat up in there and was asked to score goals on top of it. He played with his heart and soul."

Damien Davis, Gilman, junior, defense: The 6-2, 200-pound Davis runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, is a state champion wrestler and rushed for over 1,000 yards in football. "The best athlete I've ever coached," said Tucker. Davis shut down top scorers from both Boys' Latin and St. Paul's in the MIAA A semifinals and finals and has scholarship offers on the table for all three sports. In football, he had 1,442 yards and 14 touchdowns, earning second-team All-Baltimore City/County honors in The Sun. A first-team All-Metro in wrestling, Davis was a three-time finalist in the MIAAs and private schools states, winning both tournaments this season and finishing second at the National Preps tournament.

Scott Marimow, St. Paul's, senior, defense: fense: Marimow was the glue and maturity that held the Crusaders' defense together, particularly after the mid-season death of starting goalkeeper Alec Schweizer. "He set the example for guys like [junior] Trey Whitty," said Brocato. A second-team All-Metro pick last season, Marimow also scooped 68 ground balls and is headed for college action at the University of Pennsylvania.

Joe Rosenbaum, McDonogh, junior, defense: fense: An aggressive, strong, three-sport athlete, Rosenbaum scooped 146 ground balls and played defense with speed and tenacity. A football linebacker on the Eagles' championship team, and a third-place state finisher in wrestling, Rosenbaum (6-2, 195) often was called on to handle faceoffs. He had great battles with St. Paul's Conor Gill in two games the Eagles split with the Crusaders.

Rob Scherr, McDonogh, junior, goalie: Scherr had a 63 percent saves average, allowing only 6.8 goals per game. He had 16 saves each in a 9-5 win over Loyola, a 14-7 win over Calvert Hall and a 6-2 win over St. Mary's. In an overtime semifinal loss to St. Paul's, Scherr made six of eight fourth-period stops from point-blank range.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1998 All-Metro boys lacrosse teams were selected by the staff after consulting with area coaches.

Final Top 15

1. Gilman (16-1)

2. St. Paul's (13-4)

3. McDonogh (17-2)

4. Boys' Latin (12-7)

5. Loyola (12-5)

6. St. Mary's (8-9)

7. Calvert Hall (6-8)

8. Severn (5-9)

9. Friends (13-1)

10. Annapolis (16-2)

11. Centennial (15-1)

12. Mount St. Joseph (5-10)

13. Broadneck (14-3)

14. Dulaney (15-2)

15. Severna Park (11-2)

Other teams considered: Mount Hebron 10-6; Towson 11-5; Fallston 14-4.

Pub Date: 5/31/98

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