Bruins' Hanna makes name for himself

April 27, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Bob Hanna snorts at the suggestion he might overtake Lindsay Dixon, Broadneck's distinguished lacrosse alumnus.

"Yeah, I'll catch him if I score 600 goals this season," Hanna said, laughing.

Dixon, who went from Broadneck to Towson State and will play for the United States in the World Games in July in Manchester, England, holds the single-season points mark of 91 and is second to David Hooper in career points, 157-149.

But Hanna is doing just fine, thank you, as Broadneck attempts to win its third straight state 3A-4A championship. After scoring two goals last night against Meade, the senior attackman has 84 career points (62 goals, 22 assists), No. 8 on the school list.

Not that he crows about it, but Hanna, who captains the team with Brian Dobson and Keith Doyle, is ahead of his brother John (42, 14), now a plebe playing on Navy's second midfield.

"That's only because he's a midfielder," said Hanna, the attackman.

In Broadneck coach Clay White's view, the Hanna brothers have striking similarities. Both "are known for their cannon of an outside shot" and are physical players with high pain thresholds.

"In his junior year, John broke a small bone in his leg," White said. "We babied him in practice, but he never missed a game."

Said Bob, who never has missed a practice because of injury: "When John finally went to the doctor, the bone was healing. He just wore a pad the rest of the season."

Bob is the last of the lacrosse-playing Hannas, after John and Christine, a senior and two-year starter at Towson State. Their parents, John and Betty, were their early coaches.

"Dad coached my team from the age of 6 to about seventh grade," Hanna said. "My mother coached the girls for a few years after Christine started."

At Broadneck, Hanna joined a program already firmly established under White. He played on the junior varsity as a freshman and as a sophomore on the varsity when John, with four goals and an assist, led them to a win over Dulaney in the 1992 state championship game.

Defending state champion Broadneck already has lost more games than it did last year when it finished 16-2, but, propelled by Hanna and other key players, it's still pressing toward the playoffs.

"I hope our best lacrosse is ahead of us," White said. "In eight years, we've only missed the playoffs once and we've won three state championships."

When it's all over, Hanna will head for Maryland.

"I liked their [Maryland] science program and the campus," Hanna said.

And, hardly as an afterthought, the lacrosse program.

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