The first team at a glance 1993 ALL-HOWARD COUNTY BOYS LACROSSE TEAM

June 02, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht

* Andrew Ballinger, Mount Hebron, Sr., attack -- One of the bright spots on Hebron's 8-6 team, Ballinger led the team in scoring with 36 goals on 43 percent shooting, along with 15 assists. "He's not a big, physical guy, but he's a technician," Hebron coach Warren Michael said. "If we had been better as a team, he would have scored a lot more."

* Theron Grim, Oakland Mills, Sr., defense -- A three-year varsity performer, Grim overcame chronic knee problems to spark the Scorpions' excellent zone defense. "The kid set himself up like a brick wall in our zone, and you had to go through him or around TC him, and neither choice was easy," coach Phil Stephenson said. "He also played with a great deal of pain on more than one occasion."

* Tony Harding, Centennial, Soph., attack -- A coin flip could have decided this honor between Harding and teammate Dave Saunders, but Harding gets the nod for his strong finish. He scored 27 goals and had 18 assists in his last 10 games to finish with 36 goals and 27 assists.

* Rob Hauff, Centennial, Soph., attack -- Centennial had a terrific sophomore trio of attackmen, and Hauff was the best of the three, not to mention the most prolific in the county. He set school records in assists (52) and points (94), and he tied the record for goals (42). He was also third on the team in ground balls with 112.

* Geoff Henderson, Oakland Mills, Sr., defense -- Another three-year performer, Henderson wasn't as big or strong as Grim, but pound for pound, he might have been the toughest defenseman in the county. He was the emotional leader of the defense. "You really had to work to get around Geoff. He was a stabilizing force in our defense," Stephenson said.

* Shannon Hiteshew, Oakland Mills, Sr., attack -- Hiteshew was the key to the Scorpions' offense, particularly with his passing and hustle. He wound up with 30 goals and 26 assists, and he led the team with 123 ground balls. "In key games, Shannon was always there," Stephenson said. "The biggest turnaround was getting him to give up the ball more. Those assists really stand out."

* Matt LeBlanc, Oakland Mills, Sr., goal -- After struggling early with inconsistency, LeBlanc came on strong in the season's final three weeks. In 17 games, he made 203 saves (11.9 per game) and stopped 69.5 percent of the shots. His

high points included a 19-save effort against Mount Hebron during the regular season and a terrific season-ending effort against Towson in the state playoffs. He had 16 saves in a 4-2 loss.

* Brian Rhodes, Centennial, Sr., midfield -- One of the quiet

contributors on an explosive Centennial team, Rhodes was a two-year starter who helped the Eagles everywhere. He scored 22 goals, added 18 assists, spelled Werner Krueger effectively on faceoffs (63-for-98, 64 percent) and was second on the team with 124 ground balls.

* Clay Shiflet, Mount Hebron, Sr., midfield -- Shiflet did not go out with a banner offensive year (19 goals, 10 assists), but in 11 games he was perhaps the Vikings' steadiest player. He led the team in ground balls with 122, and just missed breaking the school's career ground-ball record with 248. He set a school record with 16 ground balls against Glenelg in the playoffs and never scooped fewer than seven in a game.

* Greg Soule, Glenelg, Sr., defense -- A three-year varsity player, Soule' was the cornerstone of the Gladiators' defense, which gave up 6.5 goals per game and was the primary reason Glenelg went 8-7. "We used him in just about every situation possible," coach Rick Kincaid said. "He was instrumental in a lot of our man-down situations."

* Brad Stubbs, Howard, Sr., defense -- If not for the defense, the Lions would have had great difficulty competing. But because of the defense -- which gave up only seven goals per game -- Howard was able to go 5-7. Stubbs was the key to the unit, and an easy choice as the Lions' MVP. "He was our enforcer on defense, a pure crease defenseman," coach Dan Ross said. "He laid people out on the crease."

* Jon Taylor, Wilde Lake, Sr., midfield -- If he weren't stuck on a Wilde Lake team that has struggled for respectability during his four years with the Wildecats, Taylor would be a household name among lacrosse fans in the county. He scored 35 goals and had eight assists, and he accounted for 45 percent of Wilde Lake's offense. He also led the team with 128 ground balls and won 110 of 184 faceoffs.

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