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1999 All-Howard County boys lacrosse teams

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Player of the Year

Dave Smith, Mount Hebron, senior, defense: Voted an All-American by the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Association, he was selected second-team All-State by the Maryland Lacrosse Coaches Association and is the Howard County representative to the North-South game. He was credited with 26 take-aways and 122 ground balls, scored one goal and had two assists. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder played good position defense and was a hard-checker. This is his second All-County selection. Next year, he'll follow his older brother Jon to UMBC on a 75 percent lacrosse scholarship.

Coach of the Year

Jeff Doolan, Mount Hebron: The Vikings (15-5) won their second state title, first since 1991, and dominated the regular county season by going 9-0. Then they had to defeat four top county teams again in the playoffs. The Vikings also performed well against high-caliber Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association teams such as St. Mary's and No. 1-ranked McDonogh, as well as a top New York team, Carthage. A 1995 graduate of Salisbury State, the 25-year-old Vikings head coach played on the 1994 NCAA Division III national championship team and was an All-Metro player at Westminster High. He instilled great dedication, as evidenced by 5: 45 a.m. practice runs and the time the team shoveled snow from the practice field so it could get ready for its first scrimmage. His three-year career record at Mount Hebron is 57-12, which includes two county championships.

The first team

Kyle Chacon, Mount Hebron, senior, defense: After earning second-team All-County honors last season, he played good position defense and this year learned to take the ball away. He came up with 80 ground balls. "He's only been playing 14 months and has improved every day," said Doolan. He made a memorable check on Towson's Gavin Kimball in the state Class 1A-2A title game. Chacon will attend Penn State and play lacrosse.

Adam Cummins, Mount Hebron, sophomore, defense: more, defense: The 6-foot-2, 170-pound defender is already drawing attention from college scouts. "He has the potential to be one of the best we've ever had," said Doolan. "He has speed, strength, stickwork and is a great athlete." Cummins had 106 ground balls.

Joey Ellis, Oakland Mills, senior, midfield: Voted an All-American by the NILA, he scored 47 goals, had 27 assists, a school-record 104 ground balls and, as the Scorpions secondary facecoff man, won 72 percent of faceoffs. The 6-2, 195-pounder's strength and size made him a formidable opponent and he was aggressive going to goal. The two-time first-team All-County player scored five goals in a 12-11 loss to county runner-up Centennial. Ellis, an All-Metro football player, will play both football and lacrosse at Western Maryland next year.

Neal Goldman, Mount Hebron, junior, attack: He scored 37 goals and had 24 assists and saved Mount Hebron's state-championship season with a five-goal, two-assist effort during a 9-8 come-from-behind overtime victory over Oakland Mills in the regional quarterfinals. He scored the tying goal with 41 seconds left in regulation time, and assisted the winning goal with 22 seconds left in overtime.

Taylor Faris, Glenelg, junior, midfield: He led the county with 206 ground balls and won 65 percent of his faceoffs. He scored 31 goals and had 21 assists. "He has all the tools to be a Division I player," Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid said. "He's a tough defensive player who is evolving into a good offensive player."

Eric Jones, Centennial, senior, midfield: Jones scored three goals apiece in close, low-scoring early-season wins against Park and South Carroll to bolster the confidence of an extremely young Eagles team that went on to an unexpectedly fine 11-4 season. The co-captain led his team in scoring with 26 goals and 25 assists, and was second in ground balls with 78. He'll play for UMBC.

Scott Kenworthy, River Hill, junior, attack: A three-time, first-team All-County selection, Kenworthy posted 36 goals and a league-leading 61 assists to go with 72 ground balls. Frequently double-teamed and always drawing a top defenseman, Kenworthy was a main reason for River Hill's best record at 12-4.

Zack McQuigg, Glenelg, junior, attack: He performed a dual role as shooter and feeder. A second-team All-County selection last season, the 6-3, 185-pounder's left-handed shot was tough to defend. He scored 41 goals and had 42 assists and picked up 75 ground balls.

Matt Midura, Mount Hebron, senior, midfield: Selected Honorable Mention All-State by the Maryland Lacrosse Coaches Association, one of only two county players to be honored, Midura was the hub of the state champion Vikings team, doing many of the essential things that don't show up in statistics. "He had a phenomenal attitude, sees the field well and was strong right-handed and left-handed," Doolan said. The co-captain, second-team All-County last season, produced 37 goals and 25 assists. An All-Metro soccer player, Midura will attend Navy Prep.

Mike Selawski, Mount Hebron, sophomore, attack: A tremendous finisher, the left-hander was one of his team's question marks when the season began, but he stepped up and fulfilled his great promise. The 6-2, 180-pounder scored a league-leading 59 goals and had 20 assists, including seven goals against county runner-up Centennial.

Dan Valente, Mount Hebron, sophomore, goalkeeper: Great reflexes and instincts allowed Valente to make 114 saves -- 80 percent of the shots on goal. Game after game Valente made the big stops when needed, including a high of 16 against Glenelg. His best game was against No. 1-ranked McDonogh when he recorded 15 saves. The 5-foot-7, 130-pounder had to overcome a broken thumb suffered the week before the season started.

Justin Vettori, Centennial, senior, midfield: He won 109 of 156 faceoffs (70 percent) and that made the difference in Centennial's 11-4 season, because the Eagles won four games by one goal and nine games by five or fewer goals. The co-captain, a second-team All-County pick last season, scored 25 goals, had 21 assists and picked up 119 ground balls. He's headed to the University of Delaware.

Bryan Warner, Mount Hebron, senior, attack: He scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Oakland Mills in the regional quarterfinals. He led his team with 38 assists and also scored 34 goals. His five assists in the 7-5 state championship win helped end an eight-year drought between state titles. He had six assists and three goals when the Vikings handed Centennial its only league loss. He'll play for Rutgers on a partial lacrosse scholarship.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1999 All-Howard County boys and girls lacrosse teams were selected by Rick Belz and San Rappaport, respectively, after consultations with The Sun staff and area coaches.

The boys teams

Player of the Year: Dave Smith, Mount Hebron

Coach of the Year: Jeff Doolan, Mount Hebron

First team

Name .....................School ...................Year ................Position

Kyle Chacon ..........Mount Hebron ........Senior .............Defense

Adam Cummins .....Mount Hebron ........Soph. ..............Defense

Joe Ellis ................Oakland Mills ..........Senior .............Midfield

Taylor Faris ...........Glenelg ...................Junior .............Midfield

Neal Goldman .......Mount Hebron .........Junior..............Attack

Eric Jones .............Centennial ..............Senior ............Midfield

Scott Kenworthy ....River Hill..................Junior ............ Attack

Zack McQuigg ....... Glenelg ..................Junior .............Attack

Matt Midura ............Mount Hebron .......Senior .............Midfield

Mike Selawski .........Mount Hebron ........Soph. .............Attack

Dave Smith .............Mount Hebron .......Senior .............Defense

Dan Valente ...........Mount Hebron .......Soph. ..............Goalkeeper

Justin Vettori .........Centennial.............Senior ...............Midfield

Bryan Warner.........Mount Hebron ........Senior.............. Attack

Second team

Name .....................School ...................Year ................Position

Justin Aefsky .........Howard ..................Senior .............Goalkeeper

Dave Acott .............Hammond .............Senior...............Attack

Brooks Brumstead ..River Hill...............Junior ...............Midfield,

Kurt Carter ..............Long Reach .........Freshman .........Defense

Ryan Clifford ...........Hammond ............Senior ...............Defense

Troung Doan ...........Long Reach .........Junior ...............Attack

Jason Fawcett ........River Hill ..............Junior ................Defense

Mike Gilbert.............Wilde Lake ...........Senior ...............Midfield

Jim Herberson ........Oakland Mills ........Junior ...............Attack

Steve Jefferson ......Wilde Lake ...........Junior ...............Defense

John Larouch ..........Howard ................Senior ...............Midfield

Jon Machiran ..........Mount Hebron ......Junior.................Midfield

Mike Schmidt .......... Centennial ...........Junior.............Goalkeeper

Einar Wulfsberg ......Mount Hebron ......Junior ................Defense

Pub Date: 6/01/99

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