PLAYER OF THE YEAR TIM WHITELEY, St. Paul's,
Whiteley, with 39 goals and 41 assists, helped St. Paul's become the first unbeaten A Conference team since Calvert Hall in '72. Whiteley, who was double- and triple-teamed and faced all kinds of trick defenses, broke the St. Paul's career scoring record. He finished with 234 points in four years, surpassing M Larry LeDoyen's 226 points. Whiteley, who will attend Virginia, also was superb on ground balls and riding.
COACH OF THE YEAR BOB SHRIVER, Boys' Latin
Shriver took a team that had trouble catching and throwing the ball in February and went on to challenge seriously one of the greatest teams, St. Paul's, in the history of the MSA A Conference. Shriver built the Lakers around defense and twice came within one goal of defeating unbeaten St. Paul's. At times this season, it looked as if Shriver was able to "will" his team to victories with his intensity along the sidelines.
BEN ANDREW, Severn,
Andrew, 5 feet 10, 165 pounds, took on the top attackmen in the A Conference in every game and loved the challenge of a one-on-one duel with such players as Tim Whiteley of St. Paul's and Bill Evans of Loyola. He will take his defensive prowess to Johns Hopkins.
STEVE BASSFORD, Boys' Latin,
Bassford was outstanding on a team known for its defense. He gave up 4.1 goals a game and was equally adept at coming out of the net and helping clear the ball. Bassford's positioning and technique were outstanding. He carried a 99.2 grade-point average and is going to Penn.
JOE GELBARD, St. Paul's,
Gelbard started the Crusaders offense by controlling 82 percent of the faceoffs. Gelbard finished the year with 12 goals and 15 assists. He was known for his big plays, hard work and steady improvement throughout his three years as a starter. Gelbard is going to Penn.
MARK LaVERGHETTA, Boys' Latin,
He was the go-to guy for the Lakers and always on the field at attack or midfield. He had 33 goals and 13 assists for a team that lived on defense and ball control. LaVerghetta also helped trigger the Lakers' extra-man offense from behind the goal and figures to be an attackman for Virginia.
MILFORD MARCHANT, Severn,
Marchant was instrumental in Severn's four victories in the past five A Conference games and a berth in the A Conference playoffs. Marchant, who had 36 goals and 12 assists and is headed to Johns Hopkins, controlled 66 percent of the faceoffs and liked to score from long range.
BART ROSKOVICH, Boys' Latin,
This 6-foot, 205-pounder used his muscle, poise and positioning to frustrate all the top attackmen in the A Conference. His specialty was left-handed attackmen because he played on the right side facing the goal. His next stop appears to be Loyola College.
MATT RYAN, Boys' Latin,
Ryan used a different style than Roskovich to get the same results for the Lakers. He loved to gamble on defense and had the right instincts for when to take chances. He took care of anybody who stepped to the left side facing the net. Ryan will attend North Carolina.
JASON WADE, Severn,
Wade could manufacture goals with sheer hustle and determination and had 42 goals and 31 assists in his senior year. He finished with 216 points in three years. Considered an outstanding leader, has a strong work ethic and was unselfish. North Carolina and the ACC are next.
MICHAEL WATSON, St. Paul's,
Watson is the only junior on the All-Metro first team. He had 49 goals and 23 assists this season, including nine goals in one game against Gilman. Watson seemed to always find a way to get the ball to Whiteley in tight situations when teams were throwing trick defenses at them.
How the team was picked
The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro boys lacrosse team was chosen by Bill Free through game observations and consultation with area coaches. The all-league teams from Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties were selected by the league coaches. The all-league teams from the Maryland Scholastic Association and Carroll County were selected by The Baltimore Sun staff. All Player and Coach of the Year selections were made by The Baltimore Sun staff.
Final top 15
1. St. Paul's (17-0) 150
2. Boys' Latin (18-2) 140
3. Severn (12-6) 123
4. Calvert Hall (8-6) 121
5. Towson (15-0) 96
6. Gilman (11-7) 94
7. Broadneck (16-2) 88
8. Loyola (7-6) 83
9. St. Mary's (8-7) 75
10. Mount Hebron (13-2) 69
11. Dulaney (12-2) 54
12. Severna Park (12-3) 28
13. C.M. Wright (14-2) 23
14. Loch Raven (8-3) 17
15. Fallston (11-3) 15
Other teams receiving votes, with record and points in parentheses: Centennial (12-3, 10), South River (9-7, 5), Mount St. Joseph (5-9, 4), North County (20-6, 2), South Carroll (10-3, 2), Southern-AA (8-5, 1).