COACH OF THE YEAR
* Dan Hart, Annapolis -- Hart is a man of many sayings. Here's one: "It's not how far you fall. It's how high you bounce afterward." Released twice as Annapolis' coach after hassles with parents over their sons' playing time and with an official after disputed calls, Hart has bounced back. His sixth Panthers team stormed to the Class 3A-4A state title last week by beating Centennial in the final. In 18 games, Annapolis lost only to St. Mary's and Severn. Hart's "framework of coaching" is discipline, a solid work ethic and developing players who enjoy practice and are winners. "I'm stern," Hart said. "I'm hard to please." The state title crowns 24 years of coaching for Hart, who was 55-45 in eight years at Meade and is 62-26 in six years at Annapolis. In those 14 years Hart has taken 10 teams to the playoffs.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
* Taylor Boone, Annapolis, senior, attack -- The leading scorer in the metro area some weeks during the season, Boone finished with 55 goals and 45 assists in leading Annapolis to the Class 3A-4A state championship. "He's the most savvy attackman I've had in 26 years of coaching," said Coach Hart. "He's a player. Some kids play the game. Taylor is a player." Boone can find an open man in a crowd, thread a needle with a pass and shoot unerringly. Boone plans to attend Anne Arundel Community College and then perhaps Radford (Va.) University and join teammate Scott Regina, who is headed there on a partial scholarship. Boone began playing lacrosse in sixth grade, first in the Peninsula Athletic League in Annapolis.
FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
* Rob Bates, Severna Park, senior, attack -- Bates amassed 34 goals and 26 assists and had 70 ground balls, a substantial number for an attackman. He devoted ample energy to riding and, along with Mark Frye, Eric Gibbons and John Bishop, gave coach Ed Ulrich the best riding attack in six years. Bates probably will attend Anne Arundel Community College.
* Jim Brown, St. Mary's, senior, goalkeeper -- Brown, who had a 67 save percentage, was the backbone of No. 2 St. Mary's, which lost to Gilman in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game. Thanks in part to Brown, the Saints won four one-goal games. Coach Jim Moorhead called him the "quickest goalie and one of the best I've had in my 16 years here." Brown is headed for Loyola College.
* Matt Clune, St. Mary's, senior, attack -- A three-year starter, Clune led the team in points with 46 on 24 goals and 22 assists. He was the catalyst of the offense and invariably attracted the other team's top defenseman. "He's a tough kid," said Coach Moorhead. Clune is bound for Towson State.
* Brian Dobson, Broadneck, senior, defense -- The 6-foot-3, competitive Dobson is known as a takeaway defenseman. "We shut off everybody else and then Bryan takes the ball away from the guy who has it," said coach Clay White. "That's his specialty." A three-year starter, Dobson will attend Penn.
* Mark Frye, Severna Park, junior, midfield -- Frye led the team in ground balls (102) and collected 37 goals and 24 assists. "He should have had twice as many assists," Coach Ulrich said. "He put a lot of balls in people's sticks, but there were drops and saves." Ulrich calls Frye "very coachable and one of the most unselfish players I've had."
* Joe Keenan, St. Mary's, senior, defense -- A 6-foot, 195-pounddefenseman, Keenan "knows how to hit and does, to the point of being intimidating," said Coach Moorhead. A tri-captain, Keenan usually was assigned to the opponent's best attackman. He will attend North Carolina.
* Chris Lamy, North County, junior, defense -- The 6-foot-4 Lamy relies on size, quickness and position defense. "He doesn't just have one check, but a variety of them," said coach Paul Shea. "He's excellent one-on-one." A starter since his freshman year, Lamy is, said Shea, "a Division I college prospect, with the grades to go along with it."
* Eric Morgan, Annapolis, junior, attack -- Morgan was Annapolis' second-leading scorer (43 goals, 30 assists) behind Player of the Year Boone. Hart speaks of Morgan's work ethic, natural ability and 3.5 grade-point average. "He's a pleasure to coach," coach Dan Hart said.
* Scott Regina, Annapolis, senior, midfield -- Regina did it all for Annapolis, from clearing to shooting to extra-man offense to man-down defense. "He was Mr. Everything," Coach Hart said. "He never came off the field." His main assets are speed and quickness. Regina, who had 40 goals and 26 assists, is bound for Division I Radford (Va.) University on a partial scholarship.