Player of the Year
Ryan Boyle, Gilman: For field sense and vision, second-effort, off-ball movement and even riding ability, most agree there was no better player in the league, or perhaps no better senior in the nation, than the Princeton-bound Boyle. A two-time All-Metro selection who entered the season regarded as the nation's No. 1 attackman, Boyle led Gilman to its second MIAA A Conference title since his sophomore season, its 14th overall. He scored 36 goals and assisted on 44 others to raise his numbers over the past four seasons to 258 points. Although often drawing the best defenders from opposing teams, Boyle was still able to run things for the Greyhounds, taking advantage of the talent around him "to do what's best for the team," according to coach Dave Allan. The 4.0 student came through best in the Greyhounds' last two games against Loyola and Boys' Latin, scoring a combined seven goals and getting four assists. Boyle, who beat Boys' Latin's Matt O'Malley on one move to the goal in the title game, also ranked among the team's ground ball leaders with nearly 100. A two-time All-Metro football quarterback who led Gilman to two A Conference crowns and a 21-0 winning streak in that sport, Boyle will play football and lacrosse at Princeton.
Co-Coaches of the Year
Gary Schreiber, Dulaney: Schreiber, 54, nearly didn't return for his 21st season, but after leading the Lions to a 16-2 record and their third 4A-3A state title in his tenure - the first since consecutive crowns in 1990, and '91 - he is glad that he did. Having graduated his entire defense from the previous season's squad, which lost to eventual state champ Severna Park in the state semifinals, Schreiber was left with a youthful team that started only four seniors. Yet this group blew away Baltimore County competition - including 3A-2A-1A state champ Hereford, 17-5. Dulaney dethroned Severna Park, 10-8, even though the Falcons returned eight starters from last season. "The underclassmen had an unselfish style of play that makes coaching enjoyable," said Schreiber.
Dave Allan, Gilman: Allan, 54, faced a challenge not only in replacing most of the defense in front of veteran keeper Jay Pfeifer, but also the added pressure of starting out as the area's No. 1 team. By season's end, however, Gilman's defense rallied around such unheralded players as Lawson Grumbine, who contained Boys' Latin's No. 1 all-time scorer in the Greyhounds' 10-8 championship victory. The Greyhounds finished at 16-1, going 2-1 against No. 2 Boys' Latin. Allan credits defensive coach Brook Matthews for his adjustments made in five come-from-behind victories over Boys' Latin, St. Mary's, Loyola, St. Paul's and Landon of Montgomery County, which began the season as the nation's No. 1- ranked team.
Rob Bateman, Hereford: The Penn State-bound, 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior scored six goals, assisted on 22 others, scooped a team-high 153 ground balls and displayed unusual speed and versatility for a defender in leading the Bulls (15-3) to the 3A-2A-1A state title. Bateman had four game-winning goals in Hereford's last five games, and had 10 ground balls in the other while often guarding Mount Hebron's top player out of a match-up zone. Bateman was a C. Markland Kelly Award small schools finalist - an honor bestowed upon the player deemed the best among small schools.
Kevin Boland, Gilman: The Johns' Hopkins-bound senior led the Greyhounds with 104 ground balls, and scored 24 goals to go with 22 assists (61 goals, 34 assists in two seasons). An all-around player who executed on faceoffs and had a goal and three assists in the title game, Boland was able to concentrate solely on midfield duties after having been an attack-middie last season. Boland's exploits on Towson's AstroTurf may be a portent of things to come at Johns Hopkins, where his speed and anticipation should make him a terror.
Charlie Conkling, St. Paul's: Part of perhaps the league's top defense, Conkling, only a junior, solidified the Crusaders in front of keeper Paul Spellman although playing most of the season with a broken left thumb. The No. 3 Crusaders rarely allowed opponents to score in double digits. And when the Crusaders needed a defender to replace a starter in the semifinal 10-9 loss to Boys' Latin, Conkling stepped up to contain the Lakers' top player.
Jack deVilliers, St. Paul's: DeVilliers' faceoff prowess (he won 70 percent) made the fleet-footed, 6-1, 165-pounder one of the nation's best at his craft, and one of the league's most dangerous players. DeVilliers, committed to Virginia, also ran first midfield and scored 19 goals to go with 18 assists. His value was most notable during his sophomore campaign, when his presence keyed a season-opening victory over Landon - its only loss of that year - before an ankle injury forced the premature end to his season and the Crusaders spiraled toward a disappointing finish.
Conor Ford, St. Paul's: With a rocket of a shot, Ford often drew the opposing team's No. 1 defender and still managed to total 27 goals and 22 assists. It was often his job to take defenders to the crease, opening the doors for teammates. A four-year starter, Ford ranks fourth on the Crusaders' all-time scoring list with 229 points. Johns' Hopkins is getting a proven scorer and, most importantly, a finisher in Ford, who also starred as a soccer defender for the four-time finalists in that sport.
Kevin Frew, Calvert Hall: Heart, determination and hustle define this 6-3, 195 pounder who was the Cardinals' best player. Frew rebounded from two weeks absence from surgery brought on by torn miniscus in both knees, scoring 15 goals on 38 shots, assisting on seven others and winning 70 percent of his faceoffs. His return helped the Cardinals' win three of their final four games, including their second win of the year over St. Mary's. Frew will play at North Carolina.
Dan LaMonica, Boys' Latin: LaMonica scored 49 goals and assisted on 56 others, raising his career totals to 116 goals and 169 assists (a school-record 285 points). Including his 17 each in goals and assists as a Calvert Hall freshman, the Maryland-bound LaMonica has 319 career points. An All-American and the youngest player to make last summer's U.S. under-19 team, LaMonica was chosen the league's outstanding player by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, and is a C. Markland Kelly Award finalist.
Andrew Lucas, Gilman: The 6-1, 200-pound lefty scored 37 goals and had 18 assists (75 goals, 29 assists when combined with last season's total). His scoring abilities often drew the opposing team's No. 1 defender, an honor reserved for Boyle in past seasons. In addition to having an incredible, over- the-shoulder power shot, Lucas - a two-time second-team All-Metro selection - displayed hustle and sheer determination. Lucas, who scooped 84 ground balls, is headed for North Carolina.
Brian Nee, Boys' Latin: An excellent finisher, Nee scored 62 goals and assisted on 29 others. His career numbers (114 goals, 55 assists) rank him second on the Lakers' all-time scoring list, despite a back injury that limited him to only seven goals and two assists as a sophomore. The big, high-scoring left-hander was the perfect compliment to Lamonica and second-team All-City/County right-hander Dan Berger. Nee should be a perfect fit at high-scoring NCAA-power Syracuse.
Matt O'Malley, Boys' Latin: This imposing three-year starter matured into an intimidating force on defense, often drawing the No. 1 scorer or scoring threat from the opposing team. O'Malley shut down Conor Ford in the Lakers' MIAA A Conference semifinal win over St. Paul's, and finished with four goals and an assist on the season. Once this 6-2, 185-pounder built up his speed, "it was like he was running down hill," according to coach Bob Shriver. O'Malley is headed for Penn State.
Jay Pfeifer, Gilman: Pfeiffer finished the season with 211 saves and a 7.1 goals-against average despite playing behind almost an entirely new corps of defensive players. The four-year veteran and third-year starter's leadership was the main reason the Greyhounds' defense matured. Two of Pfeiffer's best games were in close victories over St. Mary's, when he had 14 and 15 saves. Pfeiffer had 184 saves last season, managing stops on 61 percent of the goals he faced. He will join Boys' Latin defender Matt O'Malley at Syracuse.
Ricky Schultz, Loyola: A terror for most offensive players, Schultz is big (6-2, 215) and fast (a 4.6-second 40-yard dash). The Princeton-bound senior averaged nine takeaways and seven ground balls, not to mention several running clears per game as he assisted in the Dons' offensive transition. Schultz often could physically dominate opposing players, as he did in games against the top layers from Gilman, St. Mary's and St. Paul's in games. He had six takeaways and twice knocked the stick out of the hands of Gilman's Ryan Boyle.
Bryant Will, Dulaney: Called by many observers "the best midfielder around," Will finished with 43 goals and 34 assists to go with 67 ground balls. The 6-4, 210-pound junior had speed and size over many of his opponents, and was brilliant on faceoffs, fast breaks and with a variety of feeds and dodges. Will scored three goals and had two assists in the Lions' state-title victory over Severna Park. On one occasion, Will burned Severna Park's Maryland-bound defenseman, Dave Wagner, for a goal.
Lance Zimmerman, Gilman: This North Carolina-bound speedster could do it all, whether disrupting the fast-breaks of opposing teams, or starting one for his own team. Zimmerman finished with 35 goals and 12 assists - up from 21 goals and eight assists last season - and ranked second in ground balls with 102 during his break-through season. Also brilliant on faceoffs, Zimmerman is lethal with either hand and can bury the shot from long range or in close. "His potential is unlimited," according to coach Dave Allan.
The Baltimore Sun 2000 All-Baltimore City/County boys and girls lacrosse teams were selected by Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn, respectively, after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.