1995 All-Balitmore City/County Boys Lacrosse

June 01, 1995|By Marc Bouchard and Steve Kivinski

COACH OF THE YEAR

* John Tucker, Gilman -- Tucker's sixth season coaching the Greyhounds finished on a high note as they defeated then-No. 1 Boys' Latin for their second consecutive MIAA A Conference crown. "I surround myself with good coaches and it makes my job a whole lot easier," said Tucker, referring to assistants Dave Allan, Don Rogers, Charlie Stillwell and Marc Hoffman. "I'm proud of my kids, too. They responded to adversity and played like champions. I'm just happy to have had the opportunity to be associated with such a group."

THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Scott Banerjee, Gilman, Sr., Midfield -- This four-year varsity player capped his high school career with 24 goals and 11 assists for the 12-3 Greyhounds. "He was the heart and soul of our midfield," said Tucker. Banerjee will attend Brown University.

* Herb Beatson, Gilman, Sr., Defense -- Beatson, a long-stick midfielder, quietly emerged as one of the area's top defensemen. "He was the toughest guy on our team," said Tucker. "He has the heart of a lion. He's fearless." The 5-foot-9, 155-pounder will attend Amherst College (Mass.).

* Strider Dickson, Calvert Hall, Sr., Goalie -- Dickson, a finalist for the Wynn Award, which recognizes the top goalie in Maryland on an academic and athletic basis, allowed an inexperienced Calvert Hall team to be competitive in the MIAA A Conference. As a left-hander, Dickson -- who will attend Brown -- often takes shooters by surprise and has no weaknesses. Adept at controlling the ball once he's made a save, Dickson plays well out of the goal and makes accurate clearing passes. "We played against him for two years, and he almost single-handedly beat us every time," said St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato. "He justed boarded up the goal -- we couldn't get anything by him."

* Dave Fields, Loyola, Sr., Attack -- Fields, who is headed for Loyola College, finished the season with 71 goals and 19 assists. After spending his junior season as a role player, Fields transformed himself in the off-season into a bigger, stronger player with a hard shot. An opportunistic crease attackman with a nose for the goal, Fields led the MIAA A Conference with 35 goals in 11 league games. "He proved that it's never too late to take your game to the next level," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden.

* Scott Diggs, Loyola, Sr., Midfield -- Diggs, who will play at Duke next season, was won this year's C. Markland Kelly/Kevin Reichardt Award as the top player in the MIAA A Conference. A repeat first-team All-County/City player, Diggs scored 39 goals and had 11 assists, and handled faceoffs for the Dons. Diggs (6-1, 195 pounds) was invited to try out for the U.S. Under-19 men's team for the 1996 World Championships, and will play in the North/South High School All-Star game at Johns Hopkins.

* John Fuller, Boys' Latin, Sr., Attack -- Fuller's 36 goals and 12 assists this season gave him 103 goals in three years and helped put Boys' Latin in this year's MIAA A Conference final. The Lakers' all-time leading goal-scorer will attend Washington College.

* Scott Hochstadt, Boys' Latin, Sr., Midfield -- When the Lakers lost Matt Swift to an injury early in the season, Hochstadt was left to shoulder the load for the midfield, and that's what he did. He had 16 goals and 12 assists and was the team's leader in ground balls. In the fall, he is going to Maryland.

* Todd Maher, Loyola, Jr., Defense -- As a long-stick defenseman, Maher was Loyola's best one-on-one defender and also played the wing on faceoffs. Called on to guard the league's best attackmen, the relatively unheralded Maher shut down many of the league's top scorers. A strong player who has good footwork, Maher is a master at the take-away check, and he's relentless on ground balls.

* Ryan Pancake, Perry Hall, Sr., Defense -- A four-year starter for the Gators who is headed for Drexel, Pancake is a great all-around player with tremendous field awareness. A repeat first-team All-County/City player and two-year captain, Pancake (6-2, 215) anchored a defense that helped Perry Hall to a 35-3 record the past three seasons.

* Jason Quenzer, Boys' Latin, Sr., Defense -- Quenzer, who also played soccer, football and basketball for the Lakers, showed he can be a "pole player" as well as play excellent close defenseman. "He had a lot of responsibility and he handled it well," said coach Bob Shriver. Quenzer, a 6-2, 185-pounder, has not committed to a college.

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