There is quite a contrast between boys lacrosse and the girls game, so it's no surprise that the Anne Arundel County Sun's 1991 Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year is a goalie while the Girls Player of a Year is a top scorer.
North County's stellar goalie Tim McGeeney heads up this year's All-County boys lacrosse team, and Diane McBee of Chesapeake is the top girl on the All-County girls team.
The boys game features defense, while the girls game is basicallya run-and-shoot affair. With eight of the 12 first-team girls specializing in putting the ball in the cage, there is no question the girls are constantly on the attack with not as much defense.
McGeeney and teammate defenseman Joe Ross are the representatives from the first-year Knights of Coach Paul Shea. Defense is their forte, and it got the Knights to the state 4A/3A finale where they were hammered by Baltimore County's Dulaney, 13-4.
The state championship game aside, the Knights clearly were the county's best public school team at 15-2 overall, including two victories over defending 4A Region IV champion Annapolis (11-4), the last at Annapolis in the state semis.
Both The Sun and The Evening Sun ranked the Knights 10th in their polls. St. Mary's (No. 2 by The Sun and No. 3 Evening Sun) and Severn School (No. 7 both polls) were the other county schools ranked in the toppolls. St. Mary's and Severn School play in the best high school league in the country, the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference.
McGeeney, who has received a full scholarship to Loyola College in Baltimore, rejected 165 enemy shots this season in the 17 games. Many of his saves bordered on the unbelievable, but the fourth brother from a lacrosse-crazy family is quick to credit his defense for his success.
"The guys in front of me made my job easier," said the soft-spoken young man, who is possessed with acrobatic ability and cat-like quickness.
Ross led that vaunted defense that brought instant success to the school's first varsity lacrosse team. The transition at North County only continued the tradition of one of the metro area's top coaches in Shea.
Shea had great success at Andover on the Class 2A and 3A levels and simply carried it on when the merger of Andover and Brooklyn Park formed North County.
Joining Ross on the first-team defense are Mike Murray of St. Mary's and Brian Bowman of Broadneck. Murray will attend the University of Delaware and is another in a long line of superb long sticks to play for Coach Jim Moorhead and the Saints.
Murray could be headed for the kind of success that1988 All-County defenseman Brian Burlace of St. Mary's has achieved.Burlace, who is a junior at the University of Maryland, was named this week as a second-team All-America selection by the United States International Lacrosse Association.
Moorhead, who has coached more than his share of All-County, All-Metro and All-America players, is high on Murray.
Bowman, a three-year starter on defense for the Bruins of Coach Clay White, played a prominent role in the team's 12-4 success this season. With Bowman the only returning starter on defense, the younger, inexperienced players took their cues from him.
Twomore St. Mary's stars -- attackman Rob Chomo and midfielder David Jones -- head up the offensive first-teamers as the lone repeaters fromlast year's All-County team.
Chomo, who has received a lacrosse scholarship to Maryland, scored 23 goals and had 11 assists for the 12-4 Saints despite missing a few games with nagging injuries.
Had it not been for those injuries, Chomo probably would have made first-team All Metro by The Sun and Evening Sun rather than second team. Still, there was not a better attackman in this county than Chomo and 95percent of the coaches will second that.
Chomo was named third-team All County his freshman year, but he has been first team his finalthree years. In his high school carreer, Chomo tallied more than 260points. His junior year -- with 42 goals and 21 assists -- was his best.
"Rob was our leader, the guy we went for the big goal. He's afour-year starter," Moorhead said.
Jones, who will attend the University of Virginia on a lacrosse scholarship, scored 22 goals while assisting on 10 others. His stick work is superb.
The three players from Moorhead's Saints, the best team in the county this year and the MSA A Conference runner-up to St. Paul's (Saints lost title game, 9-8), match Annapolis for the most on the first team.
Coach Dan Hart's Annapolis team went 11-4 with the two losses to North County, and much of the Panther success must be attributed to junior attackman Dan Flynn and senior midfielders Christian Boone and Ryan Hurt.
Flynn, the only underclassman on the first team, scored 37 goals and had 14 assists as the county's fourth-leading scorer.
Boone tallied 18 goals and was fourth-best in assists in the county with 32. His senior leadership was also valuable, Hart said.
Hurt was selected bythe county coaches as the best face-off man in the area.