Joe Wilson spent four years at Howard High School dazzling teammates, coaches and most of all, opponents, with his abundant lacrosse skills.
Next summer, after he completes his first season on a full lacrosse scholarship at the University of Virginia, Wilson will showcasehis talent in the international arena.
Wilson has been named a member of the United States team in the 1992 World Games.
The U.S. team, which will compete in the 19-and-under age division, will take on the Iroquois national team and squadsfrom Australia, Canada, England and Japan in a round-robin tournament at Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y.
Wilson, a 6-foot-1, 188-pound defenseman who graduated last month after earning All-Countyhonors four straight years, High School All-America honors in his last two seasons and the Howard County Sun's Player of the Year award as a junior, was one of 26 players selected to represent the United States.
The team was formed after a three-day, 110-player tryout twoweeks ago at Hofstra.
Wilson was one of four Maryland players chosen by head coach Bob Hartraft (Farmingdale High School, N.Y.) and assistants John Lineham (Lower Merion High, N.Y.), Jack Moran (Chaminade High, N.Y.) and Joe McFadden, coach at Loyola High in Baltimore forthe last eight years.
The other Maryland players chosen were midfielder Tony Nugent of Calvert Hall, attackman David Evans of Loyola and midfielder Ryan Wade, a Severn High School graduate who attended the University of North Carolina as a freshman last year.
"I'm still almost in shock," Wilson said.
"I checked my mailbox every day for eight days. Last Monday, I peeked in the envelope and the first word I saw was 'congratulations.' It really hasn't set in yet. I guess it will hit me next year as it gets closer."
The way McFadden tells it, Wilson need not have worried. By the second day of the weekend tryout, McFadden said Wilson had made quite an impression on all the coaches.
"He (Wilson) really cemented a spot pretty quickly," McFadden said.
"He was certainly a guy capable of being a standout in any division around here (Maryland). His ground-ball play and the wayhe gets up and down the field are exceptional. For a good-sized kid,he's got great speed. He was pretty solid by the time we got to Sunday (the final day of the tryout)."
Wilson, who expects to play midfield and defense for the World Lacrosse Team, wound up his Howard career by leading the Lions to their first county championship in sevenyears.
He led the league in ground balls with 202.
He ran the Lions' defense and played each opponent's most potent scorer. He evencontributed six goals and seven assists.
"He richly deserves it,"Howard coach Dan Ross said.
"He's one of the better defensemen inthe (Baltimore) area, and this is one of the better lacrosse areas."
Next year will mark the second time 19-and-under teams have played for a World Games championship.
The United States won the inaugural World Games tournament in 1988.