GK Cairns, Waibel met challenges 1993 ALL-BALTIMORE CITY BOYS LACROSSE TEAMS Player and Coach of the Year

June 03, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Boys' Latin goalkeeper Pat Cairns and Poly's Augie Waibel, The Baltimore Sun's 1993 Baltimore City Player and Coach of the Year, respectively, found themselves in precarious positions this season.

After two years as a reserve behind All-Metro Steve Bassford, Cairns was thrust into a starting role and challenged with leading the Lakers in their quest for a third consecutive Division II title and eighth Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference playoff berth in the past 10 years.

"I was pretty scared, to be honest with you. We all thought it would be just a rebuilding year," said the 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior who, along with All-City defender Todd Quenzer, helped the Lakers to a 13-4 record, the Division II crown and an MSA semifinal finish.

"I'd rather talk about the guys who played defense in front of me, but St. Paul's was a real confidence-booster for me," said Cairns, who recorded 17 saves in the 6-5 overtime loss to then-top-ranked St. Paul's. "Still, if you'd have told me in the beginning that we'd go 13-4, I'd have called you a liar."

Cairns, who is headed for Princeton, allowed less than four goals per game this season.

"He was a real motivator back there, taking the team to another level in the big games," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver.

That included regular-season wins over Mount St. Joseph (14 saves), Loyola (14) and St. Mary's (13), and a 7-5 loss to Gilman (14).

"Against Gilman, we had a couple of guys who were so sick they could barely walk, but he just played incredibly," said Quenzer.

Waibel's Engineers were humbled while going 1-10 in last year's MSA BB Conference -- won by Friends -- but this year found themselves grouped into the city public school's 2A-4A league.

Poly's chief foes were loaded squads from City and Forest Park.

City went 9-3 as a C Conference semifinalist last year, and Forest Park had a three-year record of 46-3.

In addition, Forest Park was coached by Waibel's former pupil at Edmondson, Obie Barnes, who was itching to get his first coaching victory over Waibel in football or lacrosse.

"I'm always reminding the kids that they came to Poly because they have a special talent. I just try to make sure they put that talent to good use," said Waibel, 59, who is retiring from teaching after 36 years. "This group had that ability not to panic when the going got tough."

The Engineers (10-3) forced a three-way tie for the league crown, losing twice to City, with two last-second, one-goal victories over Forest Park -- including the first that ended the Foresters' winning streak at 16.

The Engineers earned the top seed for the regional playoffs, where they lost in the first round to South Carroll.

1993 TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Name ....... ........ School ........ Year ....... Position

Maury La Pointe... Mount St. Joseph.. Senior ..... Attack

Spencer Deering ..... Friends ....... Senior ..... Attack

Lorne Smith ......... Gilman ....... Sophomore ... Attack

Ronald Foster ...... Forest Park .... Senior ..... Attack

Andy Sharretts ..... Boys' Latin .... Senior ..... Midfield

Matt Proutt ........ Boys' Latin .... Senior ..... Midfield

Mark Cornes ......... Gilman ........ Junior ..... Midfield

Chris Lewis ........ Southern ....... Senior ..... Midfield

Ian Vickery .......... Poly ......... Senior ..... Midfield

Todd Quenzer ....... Boys' Latin .... Senior ..... Defense

Neal Granick ........ Gilman ........ Senior ..... Defense

Bennett Dear ....... Boys' Latin .... Junior ..... Defense

Pat Cairns ......... Boys' Latin .... Senior ..... Goalie

Player of the Year: Pat Cairns, Boys' Latin

Coach of the Year: Augie Waibel, Poly

SECOND TEAM

Name ....... ....... School ....... Year ....... Position

Ben Posil ........... City ........ Junior ..... Attack

Tom Fleming ....... Southern ...... Senior ..... Attack

Seung Lee ........... Poly ........ Senior ..... Attack

Matt Hipzer ... Mount St. Joseph... Junior ..... Attack

Trent Green ......... City ........ Senior ..... Midfield

Nelson Mejia ..... Southwestern ... Junior ..... Midfield

James Heath ...... Forest Park .... Junior ..... Midfield

James Wisniewski .... Poly ........ Junior ..... Midfield

Seth Murphy ......... City ....... Sophomore ... Defense

Chris Gettman .... Boys' Latin ... Junior ...... Defense

Ben Thompson ....... Friends ..... Senior ...... Defense

Sean Gaiser ... Mount St. Joseph.. Senior ...... Goalie

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