Player of the Year
Bobby benson, McDonogh
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior attackman scored an incredible 129 points (63 goals, 66 assists) this season, and his 323 career points (178 goals, 145 assists) are believed to be a school record.
Benson, the Baltimore City/County Player of the Year, averaged 5.8 points per game against league rivals, or 3.2 goals and 2.6 assists. The four-year starter bound for Johns Hopkins "had his best games in the biggest games," said his coach, Jake Reed.
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.
Nicknamed "The Garbage Man" for his scrappy play, Benson often scooped up rebounds or loose balls for scores and intercepted clearing passes by keepers or defenders.
Benson also anchored the Eagles' Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference soccer team as a second-team All-Metro goalie with a school-record 16 shutouts. He was also a captain and a center on their B Conference champion basketball team. He is a 3.6 student.
"My teammates are the ones who deserve all the credit. I get all the cheap stuff around the goal, and all I do is throw it in the nets," said Benson.
"Winning titles in soccer and basketball, that was great," Benson said after the Eagles' season-ending championship win over Loyola. "But I came to McDonogh to win a lacrosse title. This is the one that brings it all together."
A four-year starter in lacrosse, Benson was twice named to the Bay State team,
Coach of the Year
Jake Reed, McDonogh
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 time, McDonogh had gone 1-39 vs. league competition over the previous four seasons.
McDonogh's seniors had lost every high school overtime game they had ever participated in before edging Gilman, 11-10, on Matt Primm's goal in their overtime semifinal.
McDonogh then routed Loyola for its first conference championship.
Kyle Bell, Loyola
Bell, a senior midfielder and three-year starter, 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. "He played football, and a lot of his ability translated into lacrosse in his footwork."
A 3.3-student, Bell is headed to North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship. He was Loyola's nominee for the C. Markland Kelly Award, bestowed upon the high school lacrosse player deemed Maryland's best. He is also a two-time member of the Bay State team.
Bell worked hard in the winter to overcome an ankle injury suffered during the football season.
Ryan Boyle, Gilman
A repeat All-Baltimore City/County and All-Metro 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.
The attackman always drew the opposition's No. 1 defender, and coaches respected his play enough that he was voted an All-American as a junior this season.
Several Division I colleges are after Boyle, who, in his first game back from surgery, scored a goal and had an assist to force overtime in Gilman's semifinal loss to McDonogh.
Said Gilman coach Dave Allen: "Ryan's just one of those special athletes you only come across once in a while."
Owen Daly, McDonogh
The Princeton-bound Daly is a brilliant overall player capable of playing defense, running the offense or dodging for points. The senior midfielder had 55 goals and 12 assists this season and earned All-America honors.
A repeat All-Baltimore City/County and All-Metro performer, Daly had 138 goals and 65 assists (203 points) in his career. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder shot with either hand and usually drew the opposing team's best defender.
Daly, a four-year starter, is a U.S. Under-19 team member.
"You see him getting the ball on offense, and the next thing, he's hustling back to play defense," said Mount Hebron coach Jeff Doolan. "He's almost the perfect player as far as I'm concerned."
Damien Davis, Gilman
The Princeton-bound Davis had 106 takeaways, 47 clears and led the team in ground balls with 84. The senior defenseman's size (6-3, 205), speed (4.5-second 40-yard dash) and strength were usually enough to overwhelm the opposition.
Opposing coaches often avoided having their players take on Davis one-on-one.
Davis is a repeat All-Baltimore City/County and All-Metro performer. He earned All-Metro honors as a running back last fall on the Greyhounds' 10-0, A Conference-champion football team. He won All-Metro honors in wrestling for the second straight year
Last year Davis was the first male non-senior to win The Sun's Athlete of the Year award.
Andrew Faraone, Gilman
Faraone, headed for Virginia on a lacrosse scholarship, scored 29 goals to go with 19 assists and 75 ground balls.
The senior midfielder scored the game-winning goal in an early-season upset of then-No. 1 Boys' Latin. Faraone is a repeat All-Baltimore City/County and All-Metro performer.
He is also a member of the Under-19 team.
Faraone will have earned 13 varsity letters when he graduates. Faraone's soccer team won the MIAA A Conference title when he was a sophomore, as did the Greyhounds' lacrosse team his junior season, and the football team his senior season.
Last fall, Faraone was first-team All-Metro as a football place-kicker.
Alex Kopicki, St. Paul's
Bound for the University of Pennsylvania to play lacrosse, the 6-2, 190-pound Kopicki is strong and tireless.
When the Crusaders' best faceoff midfielder went down, Kopicki stepped in, winning 70 percent of his faceoffs and hoisting St. Paul's into the first round of the league playoffs.
Kopicki also played well defensively. He was ranked among St. Paul's top scorers with 34 goals and 26 assists, and ranked second on the team with 89 ground balls.
"Alex just gets up and down the field and can do whatever it takes," said St. Paul's lacrosse coach Rick Brocato. "At times he just carried us. He's tireless."
Kopicki also earned All-MIAA B Conference honors in soccer.
Dan Lamonica, Boys' Latin
Lamonica earned All-America honors this season as a junior attackman by scoring 28 goals and 35 assists against MIAA A Conference rivals, and 40 goals and 66 assists (106 points) overall.
Last year, Lamonica was one of only two sophomores -- and the only one from Maryland -- to be named to the Under-19 team.
There already are several major Division I programs interested in the talent of Lamonica, who, in two seasons, already has eclipsed the Lakers' school records for career points with 180, and career assists with 110.
As the primary target of opposing defenses, Lamonica excelled despite always drawing the opposing team's top defenseman or even when double-teamed.
Jake Martin, Friends
A rugged, unselfish player, Martin finished the season with 32 goals, 44 assists and 60 ground balls.
The senior midfielder helped the ninth-ranked Quakers (14-3) win their third straight MIAA B Conference title.
Martin, a four-year starter who will play lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania, scored three goals and had three assists in the Quakers' 16-5 championship-game rout of John Carroll. In that game, he had a nifty behind-the-back goal.
Martin had 86 career goals and 83 career assists.
Assistant Jon Garmen said Martin is "maybe the most complete player" he's ever coached at Friends.
Matt Primm, McDonogh
The Harvard-bound Primm (6-3, 210) scored 61 goals and 23 assists and had 166 goals and 80 assists for 246 career points. A power dodger with excellent speed, this four-year starter is an imposing attackman for any defender.
Primm scored a season-high seven goals against Calvert Hall.
A 4.4 student with a workload that included five advanced-placement courses, Primm scored 1,560 on his SAT and earned high school academic All-American honors.
Primm is a repeat All-Baltimore City/County player.
Although Primm could often force his way past opponents, he could rely on his size, speed or mobility to get into scoring position.
He was a second-team All-City/County quarterback in 1998.
Joe Rosenbaum, McDonogh
The Princeton-bound defenseman 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 an eighth-grader, Rosenbaum is a repeat All-Baltimore City/County performer. The 6-2, 185-pounder earned All-American honors last season and led the team in ground balls (103) for the second straight year. He was twice the captain of the Bay State team.
A 3.7 student, Rosenbaum scored 1,320 on his SAT.
Rosenbaum also earned second-team All-Metro honors as a football defensive end, and was an All-Metro and All-America wrestler.
Rob Scherr, McDonogh
Scherr, a senior goalie, is called by coach Reed "a great communicator and a leader" of a defense that held opponents to 5.4 goals per game.
This repeat All-Baltimore City/County performer had a 50-12 record in the goal as a three-year starter. He is a member of the Under-19 team.
Though a left-handed goalie whose right side was often targeted, Scherr could easily adjust to make key stops.
The Johns Hopkins-bound keeper capitalized on the Eagles' midfield speed by keying transitions with excellent outlet passes.
Scherr had a knack for being clutch, such as when he thwarted three late point-blank shots in an overtime win over Gilman.
Ricky Schultz, Loyola
Noted for his stick skills, clears, ground balls and scoring ability from the back, the junior defenseman is also strong (6-2, 200) and fast (4.7-second 40-yard dash).
Schultz played close defense, or, if the opponent's best player was a midfielder, played long-pole middie. A two-time Bay State all-star team selection, Schultz limited All-Metro picks Matt Primm, Owen Daly and Chris Summers to a combined three goals and two assists.
Schultz was a standout linebacker and receiver in football and a forward in basketball.
The 4.0 student already is considering Princeton, Duke, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, North Carolina and Virginia.
Chris Summers, St. Mary's
One of only two first-team All-Anne Arundel County repeat performers, Summers was the Saints' leading scorer with 24 goals and 22 assists.
The senior attackman/midfielder finished with 54 goals and 37 assists over the past two seasons. He signed early with Loyola.
Summers handles the stick well and shoots with either hand. He always drew the opposing team's top defenseman yet still led the Saints to a brief No. 1 area-ranking.
Summers keyed two wins over Gilman and another over Boys' Latin, two teams that also were ranked No. 1 in the area at one point. "Chris was one of the main reasons we made the A Conference playoffs," said coach Jim Moorhead.
Josh Tracy, Dulaney
Bound for Ohio State on a full lacrosse/academic scholarship, Tracy ends a stellar career during which he twice earned All-America defenseman honors.
Tracy helped Dulaney earn three Baltimore County and three regional titles, scoring 18 goals to go with 27 assists as a long pole.
Tracy runs the 40 in 4.5, and has a single-season school record for ground balls (146). He had 389 career ground balls and twice this season had nine in one game. He averaged four clears per game.
"I'll tell you what, he's a player." Severna Park coach Mike Bellotte said of Tracy. "They're [Ohio State] getting a good one."
He was a goalie on last fall's 14-1 Baltimore County runner-up soccer squad.
Greg Wojtech, Arundel
Wildcats coach Clint Gosnell said the senior defender "can run up and down the field forever." Wojtech was all over the field in all of Arundel's games this season, helping the Wildcats to a 16-3 mark and the Anne Arundel County championship.
Headed for UMBC on a lacrosse scholarship, Wojtech drew the opponents' top offensive threat, excelled at take-aways, and had a school-record 199 ground balls this season. He had six goals and four assists by out-hustling opponents to the other end.
An All-Anne Arundel County football player as a kicker-linebacker, Wojtech was a three-year starter in lacrosse and the Class 3A-4A public school finalist for the C. Markland Kelly Award.
The All-Metro boys lacrosse teams
Player ----------------- School --------- Class -------- Position
Bobby Benson ---- McDonogh --- Senior ------ Attack
Ryan Boyle --------- Gilman --------- Junior ------ Attack
Dan Lamonica ----- Boys' Latin --- Junior ------ Attack
Matt Primm ---------- McDonogh --- Senior ----- Attack
Chris Summers ---- St. Mary's ----- Senior ----- Att-Mid
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
Greg Wojtech ------- Arundel -------- Senior ---- Defense
Rob Scherr ---------- McDonogh ---- Senior ---- Goalie
Player -------------------- School ------------ Class ------- Position
Marshall Feldman --- Severn ------------ Senior ----- Attack
Billy Farrell ------------- North Harford --- Senior ----- Attack
Conor Ford ------------- St. Paul's --------- Junior ------ Attack
Andrew Lucas --------- Gilman ------------ Junior ------ Attack
Mike Norton ------------ Calvert Hall ----- Senior ------ Attack
Dan Velez -------------- Fallston ----------- Senior ------ Attack
Steve Will -------------- Dulaney ----------- Senior ------ Attack
Brad Dumont ---------- McDonogh ------ Senior ------ Midfield
Jesse Kohler ---------- Gilman ------------ Senior ------ Midfield
Kelly Nash -------------- Broadneck ------ Senior ----- Midfield
Rob Bateman --------- Hereford --------- Junior ------ Defense
Paul Haberlein -------- Annapolis ------- Senior ----- Defense
Matt Pessagno -------- St. Mary's ------- Junior ------ Defense
Dave Smith ------------- Mount Hebron - Senior ----- Defense
Dave Wagner --------- Severna Park -- Junior ------ Defense
Chris Garrity ------------ St. Mary's -------- Senior ------ Goalie
Note: The All-Metro boys lacrosse teams were selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Pub Date: 06/07/99