1994 All-harford County Lacrosse Teams The Boys

June 02, 1994|By John W. Stewart

COACH OF THE YEAR

* John Grubb, North Harford -- Grubb has been selected Harford County Coach of the Year after he guided the Hawks to the state championship game in Class 1A-2A, where they lost to heavily favored Towson, 9-8. It took awhile for a young team to come together, but North Harford defeated Hereford and previously unbeaten Fallston in the regionals, and Oakland Mills in the state semifinals.

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Jay Heil, North Harford, Sr., defense -- The Harford County Co-Player of the Year anchored his team's defense, and usually guarded the opposing team's best player. A three-year regular and a co-captain, he used the experience gained from past seniors to help mold this state finalist. "Jay helped [junior defenseman] Nick Thomson mature into a team player." Heil admitted there were team problems early on, but, "once the players realized the team's potential, they practiced, and as a

result played harder and with more intensity."

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Fred Sheckells, Fallston, Sr., midfield -- The Harford County Co-Player of the Year was the nucleus of the Cougars' midfield. ** The tri-captain's running ability enabled him to be an offensive and defensive leader. He was not a big scorer (10 goals, 10 assists), but in the opinion of his coach, John Conley, "He had great field sense and with his unselfishness, he generated much of the team's offense."

THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Jamie Auer, Fallston, Sr., goalkeeper -- A repeat first-team selection, he limited the Cougars' 12 foes (11-1 record) to an average of fewer than five goals a game. He had 14 stops in a regular-season win over North Harford, and the most goals he allowed were eight to C. Milton Wright (11-8 win) and North Harford (8-2 loss in regional final).

* Tony Coatsolonia, John Carroll, Sr., attack -- He led the Patriots to an unbeaten record in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference and a 12-3 overall record. The MVP of the B Conference, he led his team in scoring (20 goals, 16 assists) and ground balls.

* Kernan Kelly, Fallston, Jr., defense -- He shared the defensive specialist work with left-handed senior Kenny Poling. They guarded the top opposing players depending on need for quickness (Poling) or stick skills and physical play (Kelly).

* Brian King, C. Milton Wright, Sr. attack -- He led the metropolitan area in scoring with 43 goals and 50 assists.

* C.J. Lauer, Fallston, Jr., attack -- A pleasant surprise, according to coach Conley, as he matured quickly, coming on to lead the team in scoring (35 goals, 15 assists). Counted on to control the offense in tough situations, he helped win several games, including the regular-season 8-6 decision at North Harford, where he had the last two goals.

pTC * Mike Murray, North Harford, Jr., attack -- He set a school scoring record with 45 goals, and added 13 assists, stepping up when last year's county scoring leader, senior Jon Wright, drew tight coverage.

* Todd Paradise, Fallston, Jr., midfield -- Another stellar midfielder for the Cougars, he had 25 goals and 11 assists and was a top man on faceoffs. Another first-team repeater from a year ago when he and Auer were the only non-seniors on the first unit. "He was our best stick-handler, had good field sense, and was often our go-to person," said coach Conley.

* Jason Parks, C. Milton Wright, Sr., goalkeeper -- This was an outstanding season for goalkeepers, with as many as five or six deserving honors. Parks, a second-team choice a year ago, steps up, as he was at his acrobatic best in tough situations. In an 11-8 loss (the most goals he allowed in any game) to Fallston, Parks had 27 saves and Auer 23. The pair edged North Harford sophomore Kevin Bandy, who rebounded from a poor showing against C. Milton Wright to be one of the leaders in his team's drive to the state Class 1A-2A championship game.

* Tim Parks, C. Milton Wright, Soph., midfield -- He was second on the team in goals (29) and third behind King and senior attack David Blades in scoring (40). He had three goals in 6-4 regional final loss at Centennial.

* Adam Parris, John Carroll, Jr., defense -- One of three veteran defenders (with David Rosso and Ed Parks) in front of three-year keeper Kevin Steever (allowed an average of fewer than three goals a game). The team had three shutouts in a row at one point, and won the B Conference championship game over Friends, 7-0, after beating it only 4-3 in regular season.

* Keith Smith, North Harford, Jr., midfield -- A two-year varsity standout, he became the team's offensive leader with his skills on ground balls and ability to find an open man and distribute the ball. He missed the second half of the first Fallston game (8-6 loss) with a mild concussion after getting a goal and assist in the first half. He finished with 29 goals, 14 assists and a team-high 101 ground balls.

* Steve Wynne, C. Milton Wright, Sr., defense -- He was the top defender for the team that placed second in the county

standings, losing only to Fallston.

PICKING THE TEAMS

The Baltimore Sun 1994 All-Harford County boys and girls lacrosse teams were selected by John W. Stewart after consultation with county coaches.

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