1994 All-metro Boys Lacrosse Team

June 07, 1994|By Steven Kivinski and Marc Bouchard

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Mark Cornes, Gilman, Sr., 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." He had four goals and two assists in a win over Calvert Hall and three goals and one assist in a victory over Boys' Latin that ensured the Greyhounds of a first-round bye in the playoffs. More recently, Cornes had three goals and one assist in leading the MIAA all-stars to a 14-10 victory over the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's team, in the 13th annual Lacrosse for Leukemia Tournament, and he won the "Fastest Shot Contest" at halftime of the first Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association High School Senior All-Star game last weekend with a shot that traveled 94 mph. He also had two goals and one assist in that exhibition. 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 the University of Delaware on a lacrosse scholarship.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

COACH OF THE YEAR

Dan Hart, Annapolis -- After nearly being fired as Annapolis' coach because of disagreements with parents and officials, Hart bounced back and led the Panthers to the Class 3A-4A state championship. "It's not how far you fall," says Hart. "It's how high you bounce afterward." In 18 games, Annapolis lost only to St. Mary's and Severn, giving the Panthers a 16-0 record against public school competition. Hart's "framework of coaching" is discipline, a solid work ethic ("Dan," his father once told him, "don't let anyone outwork you") 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. The last time Annapolis won a state title was 1987, when Hart was serving his final year as an assistant to the late Al Laramore. Hart gave credit to his assistants -- Rob Glassman, Bob Bohanan and Wayne Daniels -- and his players for rekindling his love for the sport. "I was enthusiastic for practice every single day and that was because of the kind of kids I had," said Hart, whose team averaged more than 14 goals per game while yielding less than four. "I relished going to practice and there aren't many coaches out there who can say that with a straight face. I would be stupid to think I could do this all by myself. I'm just fortunate to be in the position I was in."

FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Mike Allan, Gilman, Sr., attack -- A tremendous feeder, Allan scored 29 goals and had 39 assists this year for the Greyhounds. Coach John 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.

* Taylor Boone, Annapolis, Sr., attack -- Selected as Anne Arundel County Player of the Year, 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 Dan Hart. "He's a player." Boone plans to attend Anne Arundel Community College before transferring to Radford (Va.) University, where he'll join teammate Scott Regina, who is headed there on a partial scholarship.

* Jim Brown, St. Mary's, Sr., goalie -- 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, Sr., attack -- A three-year starter, Clune led the Saints in points with 46 on 24 goals and 22 assists. He was the catalyst of the offense and attracted the other team's top defenseman. "He's a tough kid," said Coach Jim Moorhead. Clune is bound for Towson State.

* Tom Coleman, Gilman, Sr., defense -- Coach John 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.

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