Player of the Year
For field sense and vision, second effort, off-ball movement and even riding ability, there was no better player in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, or perhaps no better senior in the nation, than the Princeton-bound Boyle. A three-time All-Metro selection, Boyle led Gilman to its second MIAA A Conference title since his sophomore season. He scored 36 goals and assisted on 44 others to raise his four-year numbers to 131 goals and 127 assists. Although often drawing the best defenders from opposing teams, Boyle was still able to run the show for the Greyhounds, taking advantage of the talent around him "to do what's best for the team," coach Dave Allan said. The 4.0 student came through best in the Greyhounds' last two games against Loyola and Boys' Latin, with a combined seven goals and 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 quarterback who led Gilman to two A Conference crowns and a 21-game winning streak in football, Boyle will play that sport and lacrosse in college.
Coach of the Year
The 54-year-old coach nearly didn't return for this, his 21st season. But after leading the Lions to a 16-2 record and their third state title in his tenure -- the first since consecutive crowns in 1990 and '91 -- he is glad that he did. He also has vowed to stay on for at least one more season. 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 four seniors. Yet this group gelled under the instruction of Schreiber and assistants Dick Cromwell, Rich Welsh and Bo Duval, blowing 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 win ended Anne Arundel County's eight-year hold on the 4A-3A state crown. "The underclassmen had an unselfish style of play that makes coaching enjoyable," said Schreiber. Unranked at the season's outset, Dulaney finished as the area's highest-ranked public school team at No. 7.
The 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. Bound for Penn State, Bateman had four game-winning goals in Hereford's last five games, and had 10 ground balls in the other while often guarding the opposition's top player out of a matchup zone. Bateman was a C. Markland Kelly Award finalist -- an honor bestowed upon the player deemed the best among small schools. Bateman did it all in the Bulls championship victory over Glenelg, scoring twice, running first midfield, playing on the faceoff wings, playing man-down defense and man-up offense.
DeVilliers' faceoff prowess (he won 70 percent) made the fleet-footed 6-1, 165-pound middie one of the nation's best at his craft and one of the MIAA's most dangerous players. DeVilliers, already committed to Virginia, also ran first midfield and scored 19 goals to go with 18 assists. His value became apparent as a sophomore, when his presence led to a season-opening victory over Landon -- the Bears' only loss of the year -- before an ankle injury forced the premature end to his season. The Crusaders spiraled toward a disappointing finish. DeVilliers endurance was demonstrated in a 9-8 overtime victory over Boys Latin. In that game, deVilliers won 11 of the 14 faceoffs and scored a crucial goal.
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, a repeat All-Metro pick 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 US Lacrosse, and is a C. Markland Kelly Award finalist for private schools. Perhaps his most dominating effort came during a game against Gilman, when he had two goals and five assists in a 9-6 upset of the Greyhounds.
The 6-1, 200-pound left-hander scored 37 goals and had 18 assists (75 goals, 29 assists over the past two seasons). 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 determination. Lucas, who scooped 84 ground balls, is headed for North Carolina. Lucas had one of his best games of the season in the Greyhounds come-from-behind, 11-10 victory over Landon of Montgomery County, scoring the first three goals of the second half to ignite a six-goal run that overcame a 6-2 halftime deficit.
An excellent finisher, Nee scored 62 goals and assisted on 29 others. His career numbers (114 goals, 55 assists) rank him among the Lakers' all-time scorers, despite a back injury that limited him to seven goals and two assists as a sophomore. The left-hander was the perfect complement to LaMonica and right-hander Dan Berger. Nee should be a perfect fit at high-scoring NCAA champion Syracuse next spring.The 6-2, 195-pounder could convert on solo runs or take a pass in transition. Nee played a vital role in the Lakers run for the MIAA final, as the attack produced 66 points over the final six games of the season.
The North Carolina-bound senior, 6-2 and 215 pounds, is one of the nation's hardest and more effective hitters in the high school game. The left-hander also is a brilliant take-away man or cover man. Pessagno came through with one of his best efforts in an 8-2 victory over cross-town rival Severna Park, this year's state 4A-3A runner-up. Pessagno held Severna Park's second-team All-Metro player Paul Gillette to zero points in that game. Then again, Pessagno generally spelled trouble for the top players from any opposing team. The perfect complement to goalkeeping teammate Tillman Johnson, Pessagno often forced opponents to alter shots at the goal.
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 the wings during faceoffs, fast breaks and with a variety of feeds and dodges. Will scored a goal and had three assists in a loss to McDonogh, and scored three goals and 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. Few juniors make first-team All-Metro in lacrosse, let alone those in public school. Coach Gary Schreiber considers Will to be one of the best players he has coached in his 21 seasons.
The Ohio State-bound midfielder brought intensity and an ability to take over a game to every contest, whether facing off, scoring or assisting. Lesko finished the season with 64 goals and assisted on 28 others. For his career, Lesko finished with 118 goals and 65 assists. He also had a 72 percent winning percentage on faceoffs. Lesko led the Panthers to the Anne Arundel County championship with a win over Severna Park. Lesko had two six-goal outings -- one in a loss to Severna Park and another in a victory over North County. In his county, he was considered the premiere faceoff man. Lesko was his schools nominee for the big schools C. Markland Kelly Award, an honor bestowed upon the athlete deemed the states best player.
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 scored a goal and had three assists in the title game victory over Boys' Latin, Boland was able to concentrate solely on midfield duties after having been an attack-middie last season. Boland's exploits on Towson's AstroTurf field may be a portent of things to come at Johns Hopkins, where his speed and anticipation should make him a terror. Boland, who also scooped six ground balls in the Greyhounds title-winning effort over Boys Latin, also played solidly on the defensive end.
Rated the No. 1 recruit among goalkeepers in the country before the season, Johnson filled the nets nicely with his 6-2, 180-pound frame. Employing whatever means necessary, Johnson, who had a 80 percent save ratio, would use his foot, toes or hands in addition to his stick to stop the ball. One of his best games was a 20-save effort against two-time 4A-3A state finalist Severna Park in an 8-2 decision. Johnson will play at Virginia next season. Johnson this season became only the third goalie in Anne Arundel County history to be named The Suns county Player of the Year. Called "ithe best in the country" by his coach, Jim Moorhead, Johnson could very well start right away for the Cavaliers.
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 take-aways and seven ground balls, not to mention several running clears a game as he assisted in generating the Dons' offensive transition. Schultz often could physically dominate his opponents, as he did in games against the top guns from Gilman, St. Mary's and St. Paul's. He had six take-aways and twice knocked the stick out of the hands of Gilman's Boyle in their first game. Schultz often had the ability to alternate from one top player to another during a game, as he did in victories over St. Paul's and St. Mary's.
At 6-4, 205 pounds, the North Carolina-bound player was regarded by some as having had the best season of all defensemen in the MIAA A Conference despite the Admirals' five-win season and their absence from postseason play. The versatile athlete scored two of his four goals in extra-man situations, could be a cover man or a take-away artist and ran midfield. Staines limited top scorers or playmakers from Boys' Latin, Loyola, St. Mary's, Calvert Hall, St. Paul's and Gilman to a combined five goals. Because of a lack of depth, coach Jamie McNealy said he had no problem putting Staines almost anywhere on the field, and expecting him to perform well. Staines also was All-County in football.
This imposing three-year starter matured into an intimidating force in the Lakers' defense, often drawing the No. 1 scoring threat from the opposing team. The Penn State-bound O'Malley shut down Conor Ford in the Lakers' MIAA A Conference semifinal victory 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 downhill," coach Bob Shriver said. While the most inexperienced aspect of the Lakers, their midfield, matured, OMalley's clears -- often of the running variety -- played a critical role in getting the ball into the offensive end.
This North Carolina-bound speedster could do it all, whether disrupting fast breaks 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 breakthrough 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 Allan. In a victory over Landon, Zimmerman won the first three faceoffs of the second half to spark a 6-0 run, and scored twice during the scoring spree. Zimmerman also scored four goals in a come-from-behind, 12-6 defeat of Loyola.
The All-Metro boys lacrosse teams
Player School Class Position
Ryan Boyle Gilman Senior Attack
Dan LaMonica Boys' Latin Senior Attack
Andrew Lucas Gilman Senior Attack
Brian Nee Boys' Latin Senior Attack
Kevin Boland Gilman Senior Midfield
Jack deVilliers St. Paul's Junior Midfield
Josh Lesko Annapolis Senior Midfield
Bryant Will Dulaney Junior Midfield
Lance Zimmerman Gilman Senior Midfield
Rob Bateman Hereford Senior Defense
Matt O'Malley Boys' Latin Senior Defense
Matt Pessagno St. Mary's Senior Defense
Ricky Schultz Loyola Senior Defense
Ronnie Staines Severn Senior Defense
Tillman Johnson St. Mary's Senior Goalie
Player School Class Position
Dan Berger Boys' Latin Senior Attack
Conor Ford St. Paul's Senior Attack
Neal Goldman Mt.Hebron Senior Attack
Scott Kenworthy River Hill Senior Attack
Jeff Mullenix South River Senior Attack
Jed Prossner McDonogh Junior Attack
Kevin Frew Calvert Hall Senior Midfield
Walid Hajj McDonogh Senior Midfield
Kyle Harrison Friends Senior Midfield
Paul Gillette Severna Park Senior Midfield
Rob Lindsay Gilman Senior Midfield
Andrew Murray Centennial Senior Midfield
Charlie Conkling St. Paul's Junior Defense
Dave Wagner Severna Park Senior Defense
Gavin Zorbach C. Milton Wright Senior Defense
Note: The All-Metro boys lacrosse teams were selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.