Player of the Year
Chase Gompers, Arundel: Gompers led the Wildcats to the Anne Arundel County regular season and Class 4A-3A East Regional championships before losing to Dulaney in the 4A-3A state final, 11-10. "Chase is a fierce competitor whose play inspired his teammates," said coach Clint Gosnell. A four-year starter for the Wildcats, the 5-foot-6 Gompers scored 32 goals and handed out 19 assists. Gompers, the team's best short-stick defensive midfielder, also had 144 ground balls and controlled 67.4 percent of his faceoffs. Gompers will attend Lynchburg (Va.) College.
Coach of the Year
Clint Gosnell, Arundel: While most were picking Severna Park to win a third consecutive 4A-3A East region title and Broadneck to completely turn around a 4-10 season and challenge the Falcons with the county's most experienced team, Arundel (15-5) quietly sneaked up on everyone. Graduation hit the Wildcats hard, but Gosnell, the county's all-time winningest lacrosse coach - 276-111 record in 25 seasons - weaved a host of underclassmen in with a talented nucleus of seniors to produce a near state champion. After losing the county championship game, 16-15, to Broadneck, a team they had edged 9-8 in regular season, the Wildcats bounced back to win the 4A-3A East with a 12-11 win over defending champion Severna Park in the region final. This is the third time Gosnell has been named county Coach of the Year, also earning the award in 1981 and 1989. Gosnell led the Wildcats to three region titles during the 1980s and has one title (1995) since lacrosse was sanctioned as a state championship sport in 1990.
Jason Blotzer, Northeast: Blotzer was the go-to-guy during the Eagles' turnaround season, going from 3-10 in 2000 to 9-7 this season under first-year coach Mike Ransom. The senior midfielder scored 26 goals and had 23 assists. "Kevin meant everything to our team," Ransom said. Blotzer will play at York (Pa.) College.
Paul Burnett, Severna Park: Burnett capped his career with five goals in the regional final loss to Arundel, 12-11. He finished with 35 goals and 15 assists. Burnett, who has a lacrosse scholarship to North Carolina, also had 110 ground balls and controlled nearly 80 percent of his faceoffs despite being hurt most of the season. "I think hands down he was the best player in the county for consistency the last four years, " said coach Mike Bellotte. Burnett finished with career totals of 128 goals, 41 assists and 410 ground balls.
Mark Collier, Arundel: Just one of two underclassmen to be named to the All-County first team, this attackman set school records for total points (112) and assists (52). Considered an excellent ball handler and finisher by his coaches and opponents as well, Collier also had 50 ground balls for the 4A-3A finalists. On the varsity since his freshman year, Collier had been plagued by injuries, including a broken collarbone last season, until this spring. His presence sparked the Wildcats' banner season.
Kyle Dixon, Archbishop Spalding: Dixon led the metro area in scoring from his midfield-attack position (57 goals, 63 assists), but more importantly he led the Cavaliers to a second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title. An intimidating presence at 6 feet 4 and 220 pounds, Dixon also had 125 ground balls and controlled 57 percent of the faceoffs. Dixon was also capable of playing defensive midfield.
Mike Fretwell, St. Mary's: After sitting in the shadow of last year's county Player of the Year, goalie Tillman Johnson, Fretwell emerged as an outstanding goalie in his own right this year. Voted the Saints' MVP, Fretwell had 215 saves and a saves percentage of .680. He will play goalie at Loyola College.
Drew Habeck, Severn: One of the county's most consistent attackmen over the past three years, Habeck concluded his senior year with 44 goals and 12 assists. Habeck also had 45 ground balls in leading the Admirals into the MIAA A Conference playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade before losing to eventual champion Loyola in the tournament semifinals. He is headed to North Carolina.
Mike Houser, Severn: Houser, who will play at Loyola College, was the Admirals' top midfielder. Versatile with the ability to play defensive midfield, Houser was a scoring threat (22 goals, 15 assists). A very unselfish player, Houser also had 49 ground balls.
Greg Karanzalis, Broadneck: In a year not noted for a wealth of superb defensemen, Karanzalis stood out. "I think Greg was the best public or private school long stick midfielder," said Bruins' coach Clay White. Karanzalis scooped up 92 ground balls and scored a goal to go with three assists in his second season as a starter. Karanzalis will play at Division III Stony Brook (N.Y.).
Brad Korvin, Arundel: The senior part of the Wildcats' prolific attack, Korvin led the Wildcats in goals (62). His 96 points broke the school record set by John Hawley and Mark Collier (84). Korvin transferred from Old Mill after his sophomore year and has started the past two seasons for the Wildcats. He also had 35 ground balls, four goals and two assists in the 11-10 state semifinal victory over Walt Whitman.
Matt Larkin, Severn: Headed to Princeton University, Larkin was one of the top goalies in the MIAA A Conference. Larkin started 16 games for the Admirals and had 225 saves with 133 goals scored against him. In addition, he had 32 ground balls.
Chad Summerville, Broadneck: A three-year starter on the midfield, he sparkled his senior season with 41 goals and 16 assists. Summerville also controlled 60 percent of his faceoffs for the county champion. Summerville will play at Washington & Lee.
Ted Turnblacer, St. Mary's: An accomplished defenseman, Turnblacer was feared by the leading scorers on opposing MIAA A Conference teams. A tri-captain with the Saints' other two All-County first-teamers in goalie Mike Fretwell and attack Matt White, Turnblacer is headed to NCAA Division I semifinalist Towson.
Matt White, St. Mary's: An All-County second-team choice last year, White was the Saints' top attackman with 36 goals and 18 assists. White was often double-teamed on a club lacking consistent scoring, yet produced many goals that kept his team in games. A three-year starter, White will play next year at Loyola College.
The boys teams
Player of the Year: Chase Gompers, Arundel
Coach of the Year: Clint Gosnell, Arundel
Matt White...St. Mary's...Senior...Attack
Paul Burnett...Severna Park...Senior...Midfield
Kyle Dixon...Spalding Junior...Midfield
Ted Turnblacer...St. Mary's...Senior...Defense
Mike Fretwell...St. Mary's...Senior...Goalie
Alex Bitzer...Annap. Area C.S....Senior...Attack
Scott Faletach...St. Mary's...Junior...Attack
Bobby Woody...South River...Senior...Attack
Stuart Allers...North County...Junior...Midfield
Dustin Coombe...Annap. Area C.S....Senior...Midfield
Thomas Mikula...St. Mary's...Senior...Midfield
Bobby West...Severna Park...Senior...Defense
Dan Korpon...Severna Park...Senior...Goalie