PLAYER OF THE YEAR
TONY NUGENT, Calvert Hall,
Nugent won the Kelly Award, which honors the MSA's top lacrosse player and has also been chosen as The Sun's Player of the Year. He scored 32 goals, had 18 assists, won 80 percent of his faceoffs and was a capable defender to help keep the Cardinals ranked among the area's top 10 teams this year. "Tony possesses all the characteristics of a complete lacrosse player," said Calvert Hall coach Mike Thomas. "He takes great pride in his command of both ends of the field. He was our top defensive middie as well as our leading scorer." Nugent has signed with Virginia.
COACH OF THE YEAR
MITCH WHITELEY, St. Paul's
It all came together this year for the former goalie at McDonogh and Dartmouth. Whiteley, 39, put together an explosive transition offense (12 goals per game) led by his son Tim, which carried St. Paul's to a 12-4 record and its first MSA A Conference title since 1982. "I told the kids we were going to run and if the score was 14-13 we wanted to have 14," said Whiteley, whose three-year varsity record is 29-16.
CHRIS BROWN, St. Mary's,
Brown stopped 150 of 210 shots (.714), but saved his best for the Saints' late-season rush. He had 12 saves in a 6-4 win over Boys' Latin in the MSA semifinals and added 12 more in a 9-8 loss to St. Paul's in the championship game. Brown will play at North Carolina next year.
KYLE DURKEE, St. Paul's,
The speedy senior had three goals and five assists in two playoff games as St. Paul's won the A Conference title. He had 16 goals and nine assists in conference games and 25 goals and 18 assists overall. Durkee has signed with North Carolina.
DAVID JONES, St. Mary's,
Quickness, speed, dodging ability and the adept use of both hands made the Saints' co-captain a big problem for opponents. Jones had 22 goals and 10 assists this season, running his three-year totals to 64-13. He has accepted a full scholarship to Virginia.
MATT LONG, Severn,
Long was the quintessential team player and the MSA A Conference's second-leading scorer despite a down season for the Admirals. His assists-to-goals ratio was 32-36 this year. Long has an appointment to the Naval Academy.
KEVIN LUTZ, Boys' Latin,
Lutz completed a three-year varsity career for the Lakers with 102 goals. This season he had 36 goals and 17 assists despite being the main focus of every opponent's top defender. Lutz will attend Loyola College.
JOSH MILLER, Gilman,
Miller is a big (6 feet 3, 190), physical, intelligent defender who always drew the opponent's top attackman. He is a strong one-on-one defender and his clears helped key Gilman's
transition game. He has signed with Princeton.
STAN ROSS, Boys' Latin,
Ross is big (6-5, 210), but his mobility allowed coach Bob Shriver to move Ross to key spots in the zone defense. He led a defense that limited opponents to just 66 goals in 16 games. Ross, who also is an outstanding basketball player, signed early with Loyola.
JOE WILSON, Howard,
A year ago, Wilson set a school record with 228 ground balls, and this year he had 201 along with six goals and eight assists. He is the only player from Howard County to be selected as an All-American two straight years. He will attend Virginia.
TIM WHITELEY, St. Paul's,
Whiteley was the top scorer in the area's toughest conference with 13 goals and 25 assists while leading St. Paul's to the MSA A Conference title. Overall, he had 26 goals and 45 assists.