National champion North Carolina and runner-up Towson State placed a combined 13 players on the college lacrosse All-America teams yesterday.
North Carolina had seven players named to the first three and honorable-mention teams, and Towson had six, including senior midfielder Rob Shek, who was named to the first team. He became the first Towson Divison I player selected for the first team.
Shek had 35 goals and nine assists this season, and also was named East Coast Conference Player of the Year earlier this month. Towson junior midfielder (close defense) Steve Kisslinger, who scooped up 110 ground balls, was named to the second team, and senior attackman Glenn Smith (154 career goals) was named to the third team.
"We were blessed with a handful of talented kids with tremendous work ethics, and Rob Shek was one of them," said Towson coach Carl Runk. "Sometimes, a senior gets senioritis, where they lose that intensity. Rob was just the opposite.
"Rob and Steve would work hard each day after practice, Rob on isolation plays and Steve on the take-away. I'm very happy for all of them."
Tigers receiving honorable mention were junior attackman John Blatchely, midfielder Tony Millon and defender Carl Beernink.
North Carolina had three players on the first team, attackman Dennis Goldstein, defenseman Graham Harden and goalie Andy Piazza. Tar Heels on the second team were midfielders Jim Buczek and Dan Donnelly. Receiving honorable mention were midfielder Craig Hasslinger and defenseman Bryan Kelly.
Besides Shek, three other players from area teams were named to the first team. They were Maryland senior attackman Mark Douglas (52 goals, 22 assists), John Hopkins junior midfielder Adam Wright (17, 4) and Blue Jays defenseman Brian Voelker.
Maryland, which lost to Towson in the semifinals, also had junior defenseman Brian Burlace on the second team. But surprisingly, Maryland senior attackman Rob Wurzburger received only honorable mention. Wurzburger (44, 6) broke Maryland's all-time scoring record this season with a career total of 137. The old record was 127.
Maryland coach Dick Edell could not be reached for comment yesterday.
"I'm not surprised by Wurzburger's selection," said Runk. "Wurzburger is a true and quality crease attackman. They don't pick crease attackmen anymore. It's basically the three top scorers, and they usually come from the wings. It's a reflection of how much the game has changed. Maybe if Rob Wurzburger were out on the wing, he would be a totally different player. I assume that's how they looked at his situation."
Hopkins also had senior attackman Matt Panetta (28, 32) on the second team and senior defenseman Bill Dwan on the third. Blue Jays goalkeeper Scott Giardina received honorable mention.
Loyola, which lost to North Carolina in the quarterfinals, had three players on the third team: senior attackman Chris Colbeck (42, 10), junior attackman Jim Blanding (26, 26) and senior defenseman Gary Beach. Blanding was a first-team selection last year.
USILA Division I All-America teams
FIRST TEAM Attack
Tom Marechek, Syracuse; Dennis Goldstein, North Carolina; Mark Douglas, Maryland.
Andy Towers, Brown; Adam Wright, Johns Hopkins; Rob Shek, Towson State; Jay McMahon, Brown.
Pat McCabe, Syracuse; Brian Voelker, Johns Hopkins; Graham Harden, North Carolina.
Andy Piazza, North Carolina.
Darren Lowe, Brown; Kevin Pehlke, Virginia; Matt Panetta, Johns Hopkins.
as Andy Kraus, Virginia; Jim Buczek, North Carolina; Steve Kisslinger, Towson State; Dan Donnelly, North Carolina.
Mike Schattner, Virginia; Brian Burlace, Maryland; George Glyphis, Virginia.
Scott Bacigalupo, Princeton.
THIRD TEAM Attack
Chris Colbeck, Loyola; Glenn Smith, Towson State; Jim Blanding, Loyola.
Charlie Lockwood, Syracuse; Garth Appelt, Virginia; Mike Mariano, Princeton; Rob Cahill, Army.
Gary Beach, Loyola; Bill Dwan, Johns Hopkins; David Morrow, Princeton.
Pat Flynn, Brown.
LOCAL HONORABLE MENTION
Attack: Kevin Beach, Loyola; Rob Wurzburger, Maryland; John nTC Blatchley, Towson State. Midfield: John Duthie, John Quinn, Navy; Tony Millon, Towson State; Chris Cain, UMBC; Gary Miller, Loyola. Defense: Carl Beernink, Towson State. Goal: Steve Kavovit, Maryland.