1994 All-Baltimore City/County Boys Lacrosse Team

June 01, 1994|By Marc Bouchard and Steven Kivinski

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Mark Cornes, Gilman, senior, midfield -- When talking about Cornes, Gilman coach John Tucker says, "How he went, so went our team."

Well, his team went to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game and Cornes scored a game-high four goals.

And Gilman walked away with a 10-7 victory over defending champion St. Mary's.

"He does all the little things that coaches love," said Tucker. "He was our hardest worker and made tremendous strides."

Cornes went from being an excellent defensive middie, to becoming a speedy cutter with a hard and accurate shot.

A three-year starter on the lacrosse team since transferring from St. Paul's after his freshman year, Cornes also started at quarterback for the Greyhounds' football team for three years.

Cornes, who finished the year with 34 goals and 16 assists, will attend Delaware.

COACH OF THE YEAR

* John Tucker, Gilman -- After five years at Gilman, Tucker brought the Greyhounds their first outright championship since 1978 with a 10-7 win over St. Mary's in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game.

But the former star midfielder at Johns Hopkins is quick to shift the credit for Gilman's success to his players and assistant coaches.

"I could care less about what I get," said Tucker, whose Greyhounds didn't even make it to the MIAA playoffs last year. "I'm just happy for the kids. They worked real hard, got better each year and finally saw the fruits of their labor."

Helping Tucker lead Gilman to a 16-2 record were assistants Dave Allan, Marc Hoffman, Arch Montgomery and Greg Gunning.

"We had some great assistants," said Tucker. "I couldn't have done it without them."

Gilman entered the MIAA tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Greyhounds beat Boys' Latin, 6-5, in the semifinals before beating the Saints for the title.

FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Mike Allan, Gilman, senior, attack -- A tremendous feeder, Allan scored 29 goals and had 39 assists this year. Coach Tucker said Allan leads by example and will be an excellent college player. A three-year starter who also played football, Allan will attend Princeton.

* Tom Coleman, Gilman, senior, defense -- Coach Tucker called Coleman the Greyhounds' most improved player. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior always was assigned the opponents' toughest attackman and always met the challenge -- leading a defensive unit that allowed fewer than five goals per game. A strong player and an excellent position defender, Coleman will play for Franklin & Marshall.

* Scott Diggs, Loyola, junior, midfield -- This three-year starter and team captain was the primary faceoff man for the Dons and also added 18 goals and five assists. At 6-1 and 195 pounds, Diggs didn't shy away from contact, and his speed and strength were two of the main reasons the Dons went 12-2 and earned a berth in the MIAA semifinals.

* Keith Euker, Loyola, senior, attack -- This 6-2, 205-pound crease attackman brought his aggressive style of play from the gridiron where he played defensive back to the lacrosse field where he led the Dons in scoring with 26 goals and eight assists. A two-year starter, Euker was the Dons' most productive ground-ball guy. He will attend Loyola College.

* Dave Ford, Loyola, senior, defense -- This two-year starter at close defense drew many of the A Conference's most potent attackmen and shut many of them down. "We asked him to play the guys who were the best players in the league and he stopped them," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden. "He has great stick work and he wouldn't throw the crushing checks . . . but he constantly harassed people and his never-quit attitude led to takeaways that often resulted in transition goals."

* Spencer Ford, Towson, senior, midfield -- This highly skilled three-year starter scored 54 goals and 39 assists this season, helping the sixth-ranked Generals claim their third straight Class 1A-2A state championship while extending their winning streak to 44 games. "He's been the backbone of our club offensively and ground-ball wise for the last three years," said Towson coach Randy Dase. Ford plans to attend Towson State.

* Scott Hochstadt, Boys' Latin, junior, attack -- A varsity player since his freshman year, Hochstadt (6-1, 175) had 26 goals and 17 assists this season. His versatility enabled Lakers coach Bob Shriver to move him freely from attack to midfield. Shriver said Hochstadt, who also plays on the football and basketball teams, works and plays as hard as any player Boys' Latin has ever had.

* Corey Popham, Gilman, junior, goalie -- Popham, a three-year starter, made 148 saves and anchored a defense that allowed just 4.8 goals per game this year. "In my opinion, he's the best in the state, and he rises in big games," said Coach Tucker. A mentally tough and vocal leader, Popham also plays on the soccer and basketball teams and kicks for the football team.

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