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1999 All-Baltimore City/County boys lacrosse teams

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Player of the Year

Bobby Benson, McDonogh: His incredible 129 points (63 goals, 66 assists ) included 5.8 points per game against league rivals -- 3.2 goals and 2.6 assists. The Johns Hopkins-bound attackman scored 323 career points (178 goals, 145 assists), which is believed to be a school-record. A four-year starter, Benson "had his best games in the biggest games," said coach Jake Reed, Nicknamed "The Garbage Man" for his scrappy play, Benson, 6 feet 5 and 180 pounds, will scoop up rebounds or loose balls for scores, intercept clearing passes by keepers or defenders or simply assist or take an assist. Benson had 12 goals and five assists in two games against Gilman, seven goals and six assists in two games against Loyola and five goals and five assists in two games against Boys' Latin. Benson also anchored the Eagles' Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference soccer team as a second-team All-Metro goalie, and was a center on their B Conference champion basketball team.

Co-Coaches of Year

Jake Reed: An All-Metro goalie for Dulaney 26 years ago and a former All-American at Maryland, the seventh-year coach took the Eagles to their first lacrosse title since 1939, and their first season-ending No. 1 ranking. Though this year's Eagles reached the MIAA A Conference playoffs for the third straight season, McDonogh had gone 1-39 against league competition over the previous four seasons. McDonogh's seniors had lost every overtime game they had ever participated in before edging Gilman, 11-10, on Matt Primm's goal, assisted by Bobby Benson, in their overtime semifinal. McDonogh then routed Loyola, an earlier 10-9 winner over the Eagles, 18-8, for its first conference championship. Reed is 37-4 over the past two seasons at McDonogh (20-2 this year).

John Hammond, Poly: The Engineers, of 23-year coach Hammond, ended a 31-game city league winning streak for Patterson during the regular season, then defeated the Clippers again, 12-10, for the Baltimore City title. It was the second lacrosse title for Hammond, 54, who has 110 career victories and also won the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference title in 1980 at Patterson. Poly also reached the Class 1A-2A East regional semifinals. Hammond's Engineers, 6-8 last season, had just five seniors on the roster. Freshman keeper Andy Posil is among Poly's best players, and his top scorers -- junior Marcus Smith and sophomore Andrew Godsey (each with 61 points), freshman Tavon McGee and junior Josh Kraft -- all were underclassmen.

The first team

Kyle Bell, Loyola, senior, midfield: A North Carolina-bound three-year starter, Bell (5-10, 170) averaged six ground balls on the faceoff wings and scored 26 goals to go with 15 assists. "Kyle drew the long pole in every game and was the primary shooter on man-up plays," said coach Joe McFadden. Bell, who has a 3.3 grade-point average, is a two-time member of the Bay State team, a squad of Maryland's best high school players. back.

Ryan Boyle, Gilman, junior, attack: A repeat All-City/County performer despite missing three games due to a surgical procedure, Boyle finished the season with 23 goals and 28 assists to go with 60 ground balls. Boyle, was who voted an All-American as an underclassman this season, always drew the opposition's No. 1 defender. Several Division I programs are recruiting Boyle, who, in his first game back from surgery, scored a goal and an assist to force overtime in Gilman's semifinal loss to McDonogh.

Owen Daly, McDonogh, senior, midfield: The Princeton-bound Daly (6-2, 180) is a brilliant player capable of playing defense, running the offense or dodging for one of his 55 goals or 12 assists. A repeat City/County performer, Daly has 138 goals and 65 assists (203 points) and earned All-America honors this season. He can shoot with either hand and usually draws the opposing team's best defender. Daly is a U.S. National under-19 team member and a four-year starter.

Damien Davis, Gilman, senior, defense: The Princeton-bound Davis had 106 take-aways, 47 clears and led the team in ground balls with 84. His size (6-3, 205), speed (4.5-second 40-yard dash) and strength usually was enough to overwhelm the opposition. It was often the strategy of opposing coaches to avoid taking on this repeat All-City/County performer, one-on-one.

Andrew Faraone, Gilman, senior, midfield: A repeat All-City/County performer, and a member of the U.S. National under-19 team, the Virginia-bound Faraone scored 29 goals to go with 19 assists and 75 ground balls. Faraone, who scored the game-winning goal in an early-season upset of then-No. 1 Boys' Latin, will have earned 13 varsity letters when he graduates.

Alex Kopicki, St. Paul's, senior, midfield: Bound for the University of Pennsylvania to play lacrosse, Kopicki is the prototypical midfielder: Big (6-0, 190), strong and tireless. When the Crusaders' best faceoff midfielder went down, Kopicki stepped in, winning 70 percent of his faceoffs and leading the Crusaders into the first round of the league playoffs. Kopicki ranked among St. Paul's top scorers with 34 goals and 26 assists and ranked second on the team with 89 ground balls.

Dan Lamonica, Boys' Latin, junior, attack: Lamonica earned All-America honors this season by scoring 28 goals with 35 assists. Lamonica was one of only two sophomores -- and the only one from Maryland -- to be named to the U.S. National under-19 team. There already are several major Division I programs interested in Lamonica, who, in two seasons, already has eclipsed the Lakers' school records for career points with 180, and career assists with 110.

Jake Martin, Friends, senior, midfield: A rugged, unselfish player, Martin finished the season with 32 goals, 44 assists and 60 ground balls as the ninth-ranked Quakers (14-3) won their third straight MIAA B Conference title. Martin, a four-year starter who is headed for the University of Pennsylvania, scored three goals and had three assists in the Quakers' 16-5 title-game rout of John Carroll, including a nifty behind-the-back goal. Called by assistant Jon Garmen "maybe the most complete player" he's ever coached at Friends, Martin had 86 career goals and 83 career assists.

Michael Norton, Calvert Hall, senior, attack: Norton was the focus of the opposition's top top defensive player when his five points lifted the Cardinals to an upset of league runner-up Loyola. The versatile scoring abilities of Norton, who led the team with 30 goals and 28 assists, earned him a full academic/lacrosse scholarship to Ohio State.

Matt Primm, McDonogh, senior, attack: A repeat All-City/County player, the Harvard- bound Primm (6-3, 210) scored 61 goals with 23 assists and has 166 goals and 80 assists for 246 career points. A power dodger with excellent speed, this four- year starter is an imposing prospect for the defense. Primm scored a season-high seven goals against Calvert Hall.

Joe Rosenbaum, McDonogh, senior, defense: At 6-2, 185, the Princeton-bound Rosenbaum had the speed and skill to cover the opposition's best offensive player for each of his four seasons as a starter. Though he didn't start playing lacrosse until he was in the eighth grade, Rosenbaum is a repeat All-City/County performer, earned All-America honors last season and led the team in ground balls (103) for the second straight year.

Rob Scherr, McDonogh, senior, goalie: A member of the U.S. National under-19 team, this repeat All-City/County player is called by coach Jake Reed "a great communicator and a leader" of a defense which held opponents to 5.4 goals per game. A three-year starter, Scherr had a 50-12 record in goal. The Johns Hopkins-bound keeper capitalized on the Eagles' midfield speed by sparking transitions with excellent outlet passes.

Ricky Schultz, Loyola, junior, defense: Noted for his stick skills, clears, ground balls and scoring ability from the back, Schultz is a combination of size (6-2, 200) and speed (4.7-second 40 yard dash). Schultz played close defense, or if the opponents' best player was a midfielder, long pole middie. A two-time Bay State selection, Schultz limited Matt Primm, Owen Daly, St. Mary's Chris Summers and St. Paul's Brenden Gill to a combined three goals and two assists. The 4.0 student already is considering Princeton, Duke, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, North Carolina and Virginia.

Josh Tracy, Dulaney, senior, defense: Bound for Ohio State on a full lacrosse/ academic scholarship, Tracy ends a stellar career during which he twice earned All-America honors, Dulaney earned three Baltimore County and regional titles and and he scored 18 goals to go with 27 assists as a long pole. A second-team All-City/County pick last season, Tracy (6-foot, 165) runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and has a single-season school record for ground balls (146). Tracy averaged four clears per game and has 389 career ground balls, twice this season grabbing nine in one game.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1999 All-Baltimore City/County boys and girls lacrosse teams were selected by Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn, respectively, after consultations with The Sun staff and area coaches.

The boys teams

Player of the Year: Bobby Benson, McDonogh Co-Coaches of the Year:

John Hammond, Poly; Jake Reed, McDonogh First team

Name...........................School... ..............Class.................. Position

Bobby Benson............McDonogh ...........Senior ...................Attack

Ryan Boyle ................Gilman .................Junior ...................Attack

Dan Lamonica ...........Boys' Latin ..........Junior ...................Attack

Michael Norton ..........Calvert Hall .........Senior ...................Attack

Matt Primm ................McDonogh ..........Senior ...................Attack

Kyle Bell .....................Loyola .................Senior ................Midfield

Owen Daly .................McDonogh ...........Senior ................Midfield

Andrew Faraone ........Gilman ................Senior .................Midfield

Alex Kopicki ...............St. Paul's ............Senior .................Midfield

Jake Martin ................Friends ...............Senior .................Midfield

Damien Davis .............Gilman ...............Senior ..................Defense

Joe Rosenbaum ........McDonogh ..........Senior ..................Defense

Ricky Schultz .............Loyola ................Junior ...................Defense

Josh Tracy .................Dulaney ..............Senior ..................Defense

Rob Scherr ................McDonogh .........Senior .....................Goalie

Second team

John Cummings..........Loyola ................Senior .....................Attack

Conor Ford ................St. Paul's ............Junior ......................Attack

Andrew Lucas ...........Gilman ................Junior...................... Attack

Steve Will ..................Dulaney ..............Senior .....................Attack

Kevin Boland .............Gilman ................Junior ....................Midfield

Jamie Daue ...............Boys' Latin .........Senior ....................Midfield

Michael Thomas ........Boys' Latin ..........Senior ...................Midfield

Brad Dumont .............McDonogh ..........Senior ...................Midfield

Kevin Frew .................Calvert Hall .........Senior ...................Midfield

Jesse Kohler ..............Gilman ................Senior ...................Midfield

Rob Bateman .............Hereford .............Junior ...................Defense

Matt Stoffel ................Mount St. Joseph ..Junior ................Defense

Trey Whitty .................St. Paul's .............Senior ..................Defense

Jesse Markowitz .........Towson ...............Senior .....................Goalie

Justin Sussman ..........Friends ...............Senior .....................Goalie

Pub Date: 6/01/99

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