COACH OF THE YEAR
* Len Petrey, Fallston -- Petrey, and assistants Tony Riedlbauer and Dale Arnold, get a repeat honor after taking a team to a state-championship game for the second straight year. A decisive factor in the selection was the guidance required in handling a team with almost an opposite focus. This was definitely a team operation, front to back. Where a year ago, players had looked to All-American Shane Dougherty to do the work, especially the scoring, this time, players learned to finish off plays on their own. It led to six shutouts and a 60-10 goal differential in an 11-0-1 regular season. A 14-0 goal margin in three playoff games got the Cougars to the final, where they got the opportunity to finish off Middletown, but fell short, 2-1.
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
* Steve Schissler, Fallston -- The only senior on the three-man back line, he consistently marked the opposition's top player and directed play in front of junior goalkeeper Eric McPhee, a first-time varsity regular. Schissler had two goals, including the first one against C. M. Wright, and one assist, and was a first-team selection by the Maryland state coaches association.
* Frank Sweeney, John Carroll -- A first-team choice for the second straight year, he filled a number of roles, with his greatest strength as a playmaker. Able to adapt to a forward or midfield position, he was trying to do too much early in the season, but by the end of the season his strength as a defensive player had emerged and he was rated one of the best in the talent-rich Maryland Scholastic Association. He finished with four goals and seven assists.
ALL-COUNTY FIRST TEAM
* Matt Brown, John Carroll -- The junior back started on the outside, then was moved to the middle. Considered the strength of the defense, he rates with the school's best, according to coach John Hughes.
* Mike Giuffrida, Fallston -- He became a potent finisher in the box, picking up much of the scoring slack left by Dougherty's graduation. He had a county-high 28 goals (only two players have more in school history) to go with 11 assists. Among his goals was the winning one in the second half of the suspended game against C. Milton Wright, and two goals and an assist in a 3-3 tie with Delaware power St. Mark's.
* Brian Gunter, C. Milton Wright -- He was a solid competitor in the middle and one who worked especially well on offense. He had the Mustangs' only goal in a 2-1 loss at Franklin in a regional semifinal game.
* Eric Litras, C. Milton Wright -- He was the leading scorer (had a four-goal game against Mount St. Joseph) as the team (7-4-2, 6-1) finished second in the county race and lost in the first round of the Class 3A North regional.
* Kevin Morgan, Fallston -- He complemented Giuffrida in scoring, getting 21 goals and 13 assists. His best game was a three-goal effort in a state semifinal game against Glenelg. He was a second-team coaches' All-State pick.
* Todd Paradise, Fallston -- In his third varsity season, he worked well as a sweeper. Quick and hard to get by, he and Schissler proved to be the leaders of a solid defensive unit. He had one goal.
* Fred Sheckells, Fallston -- Moved from the outside to the middle, he handled the shift well. A physical player, he was a very good tackler and displayed great ball control.
XTC * Keith Smith, North Harford -- He was the top field player for a team that came along to be much better (6-5-1) than expected. Included in his efforts was a three-goal game against Aberdeen.
* Joe Stallings, John Carroll -- The team's top scorer with seven goals and one assist, he was not flashy but efficient in getting the job done. Small and strong with good skills, he was particularly adept at getting open and using his head for strong goal-scoring hits.
* Peter Troilo, C. Milton Wright -- He came back from a preseason injury to be another steady player in the middle for the Mustangs. He was an offensive threat, too, as his work included a three-goal outburst against Edgewood.
* Tom Walsh, C. Milton Wright -- He brought stability to a defense that was in a state of flux after an expected regular became unavailable. Valuable as a marker, he was also effective on corner kicks and throw-ins.
* David Zorn, North Harford -- A junior who split the goalkeeping duties a year ago, he had them to himself this season. He had six shutouts working behind a defense that was not as good as that of the other contenders (C. Milton Wright and Fallston).