Senior stars put lacrosse in spotlight

June 04, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Fifty-five of the state's top high school senior lacrosse players will take part in tomorrow's inaugural Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association High School Senior All-Star Game at Loyola College's Curley Field.

The exhibition, which begins at 2 p.m., will include not only players from schools in the Baltimore area, but also other Maryland schools that share a similar commitment in seeing that the sport of lacrosse continues to flourish in the state.

"All of the other all-star games just include teams from the Baltimore metro area only, and we wanted to broaden it to include the kids from the Eastern Shore and all over the state," said Broadneck coach Clay White, who was elected president of the newly formed MSLCA.

"The Lacrosse for Leukemia Tournament [which was conducted last weekend at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field] was great for raising money but it was limited to players from the Baltimore area. What we've done is divide the state up into two equally balanced teams with no consideration to geographics or league affiliation.

"In the Leukemia game, everyone knew the private schools would win, but no one knows who will win this one because the teams are so balanced."

The Red and White team, coached by White, isn't short-handed at attack with Rob Bates (Severna Park), Taylor Boone (Annapolis, 55 goals, 45 assists), Matt Clune (St. Mary's, 24 goals, 22 assists) and Chris Costantino (Oakland Mills, 47, four) joining forces with Scott Lowery of Kent County High and Dave Schleigh of North High in Hagerstown.

Lowery, a tremendous feeder who scored 36 goals and had 60 assists to lead his fourth-seeded Trojans to a berth in the Class 1A-2A state semifinals, will have one last chance to get back at Towson's Spencer Ford (54 goals, 39 assists) and Dan Ross.

Ross and Ford, who will play attack and midfield, respectively, for the Bob Shriver-coached Black and Gold team, each had seven goals and three assists in Towson's 18-10 state semifinal win over Kent.

Scoring goals against the Black and Gold won't be easy with Sean Keenan (St. Paul's) and Alex Cade (Landon School) sharing time in the net, and defensemen Karl Zeller (Loyola), Dave Augustyniak (Perry Hall) and Jay Heil (North Harford) patrolling the crease.

Kent County coach Dennis Seip, who will serve as an assistant to White, attended both of last week's practices and said he was inspired by the enthusiasm of the players.

"Hopefully, this will help promote the game in the state and put some pressure on some of the school systems that haven't sanctioned the sport," said Seip, referring to counties such as Montgomery and Calvert, where the lacrosse teams are considered club teams and receive no financial support from the schools.

All money raised from the event will go to the MSLCA, which plans a "Faceoff Banquet" in February and an annual scholarship fund.

"Our organization is a close-knit fraternity and our main goal is to have a positive impact on lacrosse in the state of Maryland," said White. "The more people know about the sport and more people get involved the better off we'll be and the faster the sport will grow."

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