All-America lacrosse team has a strong local flavor

May 30, 1991|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Evening Sun Staff

Four players from colleges within the state -- Rob Shek, Brian Voelker, Adam Wright and Mark Douglas -- have been named first team All-America in lacrosse, it was announced today by selection committee chairman Ted Bauer.

Shek is a midfielder from NCAA tournament runner-up Towson State. Voelker, a defenseman who prepped at Gilman, and midfielder Wright are from Johns Hopkins. Douglas is the attack ace for the University of Maryland team that went to the Final Four.

Three first-team choices are from the University of North Carolina, which had a 16-0 season and won the national championship Monday. They are attackman Dennis Goldstein, defenseman Graham Harden and goalie Andy Piazza.

Completing the first 11 -- an extra midfielder has been added to the first team since 1973 -- are Brown University midfielders Andy Towers and Jay McMahon and two Syracuse players, attackman Tom Marechek and defenseman Pat McCabe.

Marechek, a junior from British Columbia who had 53 goals and 26 assists this year, and McCabe, from Elmont, N.Y., are the only repeaters from last year's first team.

To a lot of Marylanders, Rob Shek would be the individual symbol of the '91 season. Shek was little known when he came out of Bel Air High but now -- at 6 feet 1, 205 pounds with plenty of speed -- he has developed into what most believe is the best midfielder in the country.

"In 30 years of coaching, including six at Arizona and 24 here, Bobby Shek is the strongest midfielder I've ever had," said Towson coach Carl Runk.

"He's the kind of player every coach dreams about," Runk said. "He doesn't have tremendous stick skills because he only played the game two years in high school, but he's a great leader who sets a good example for the younger kids.

"When we finish a hard practice and everybody else runs for the showers, Bobby Shek stays out on the field and works on his isolation moves.

"I had two Division II-III All-Americans here in 1974 in Jim Darcangelo and Bob Griebe and maybe I was too young then to enjoy them," Runk said. "I told myself this year I was going to enjoy watching Shek's last year, and I have."

Another atypical first-team choice is Maryland's Douglas, son of former Baltimore Clippers hockey player Kent Douglas.

"When Mark graduated from Calvert Hall, he was not the ideal prospect physically or academically," said Terps coach Dick Edell. "But he did a four-year hitch in the Marines and matured and now, at the age of 26, he's excellent academically. Making first team All-America is the ideal way for him to end his career at Maryland."

Bauer's selection committee includes 26 head coaches ranging alphabetically from Adelphi (Paul Doherty) to Yale (Mike Waldvogel).

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