Uncommon goal unites Annapolis boys

May 17, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

It is not a new sign, but it is especially apt in Annapolis High lacrosse this season.

On a wall in the office of coach Dan Hart is "The Annapolis Creed." It reads: "We aim to be uncommon. There is only one first-place team."

Annapolis intends to be that team. The host Panthers are top-seeded as they await the 3A-4A South Region championship game tonight at 7:30 against third-seeded Arundel. They are 13-2 overall and 13-0 against 3A-4A competition.

That's well on the way to being uncommon.

"There can be only one winning team," said midfielder Scott Regina, Annapolis' No. 3 scorer with 36 goals and 23 assists. "We like to think we're that team. We think this will be the year. This team is close. It plays together."

The last time Annapolis won the state title was 1987. The Panthers' current top scorers -- metro leader Taylor Boone (45, 38), Eric Morgan (38, 27) and Regina -- were in grade school then.

Although Morgan, a junior attackman, has another year, this is the finale for Boone and Regina. The Panthers lost to North County in the state semifinals when they were freshmen, failed to make the playoffs the next year and bowed to Broadneck by a goal in last season's regional semifinals.

"Knowing we're No. 1 -- that's what we want," said Boone, an attackman. "It's the feeling of being uncommon. I like it when everybody is trying to bring you down."

Hart first met Boone in 1990, before Annapolis' state championship game against Dulaney at UMBC Stadium. Annapolis assistant Bob Bohanan pointed to a pudgy kid leaning against the fence.

"See that boy?" said Bohanan, who had coached Boone in a recreation league. "He's coming to our school next year."

Hart walked to the fence, introduced himself and said he would look forward to working with him. Boone eagerly anticipated playing for Annapolis because it would mean he would play his first high school season with his cousin, senior Christian Boone.

That was the year Annapolis went to the state semifinals. Now, the team that Hart said at season's start "has the potential to be my best" in his six seasons at Annapolis, has stormed through 3A-4A competition, losing only to St. Mary's and Severn.

"So far, this team is meeting all expectations," said Hart, who's in his 26th season as a coach. "But we haven't forgotten that a team is only as good as its last game. There's always a team ready to put a hurt on us."

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