COACH OF THE YEAR
* Greg Carroll, South River -- In his 18th season, Carroll produced the surprise team of the county. The Seahawks rose from a 6-6 record in 1994 to 11-7 and runner-up in the Class 1A-2A state championships. "They came from nowhere," St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead said. "After getting killed by DeMatha early, they came back to make the finals." North County coach Paul Shea said: "We all expected Arundel to be there. No one expected South River to make it this far. Greg got a lot of mileage out of 15 kids, molding them together nicely." Under Carroll, South River won state titles in 1984 and 1986 and reached the championship game in 1987 and 1989. "I had some teams with better personnel but none with this much desire, camaraderie and willingness to pull together," he said. "If you asked who's my top player, I couldn't say. If you asked for my top two, it would be tough. Every game someone different took the load. It worked to our advantage that there was no one person for opponents to try to take out of the offense."
FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
* Gerry Case, Broadneck, junior, attack -- Case had 40 goals and eight assists in leading Broadneck to a 9-5 record. "He was our offense," said coach Clay White. Case had big games against big teams, including six goals against Annapolis and eight against South River, and had the winning goal in the third overtime against Arundel. "He's a natural shooter and very coachable," White said.
* Eric Morgan, Annapolis, senior attack -- A four-year starter who never missed a game, Morgan led the Panthers with 46 goals and 33 assists. "He's an unselfish and heady kid who's willing to give the ball up," coach Dan Hart said. "When the game is on the line, the ball gets to him somehow and he makes the play." A repeater on The Baltimore Sun's first team, Morgan is headed for Cornell.
* Keith Sharp, Arundel, senior, attack -- Sharp led Class 3A-4A state champion Arundel with 56 points (48, 8) and, according to coach Clint Gosnell, "put us in the state final" with six goals and an assist in the 10-5 win over Dulaney in the semifinals, earning the game ball. He is strong and, at 200 pounds, big for a high school attackman, with quick hands and a quick release.
* Justin Bowman, St. Mary's, senior, midfield -- As St. Mary's top faceoff man, Bowman won 80 percent of his draws and scored 30 goals. Strong, and the Saints' most dangerous middie, he created a lot of unsettled opportunities. He is going to North Carolina.
* Mark Frye, Severna Park, senior, midfield -- An excellent dodger with 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard --, Loyola-bound Frye had 25 goals and 15 assists. He is a first-team repeater. "He's the most dominant lacrosse player in Anne Arundel County," coach Greg Manley said.
* Mike Haertel, Arundel, senior, midfield -- Haertel ruled the faceoffs for Arundel. When the Wildcats eliminated defending champion Annapolis from the playoffs, they won 16 of 20 faceoffs, with Haertel accounting for most of them. He finished with 23 goals, six in the overtime victory over Mount Hebron in the state final. "He does the things that midfielders need to do," said Gosnell.
* Josh Morgan, Annapolis, senior, midfield -- Headed for Cornell like twin brother and attackman Eric, Josh had 36 goals, 13 assists and 87 ground balls. "He can run all day," coach Dan Hart said. "When the first midfield came off for a rest, we'd take out an attackman and put Josh up there with his brother. He was our ironman."
* Josh Sims, Severn, junior, *midfield -- Sims did it all for Severn, leading the team in ground balls, winning faceoffs and collecting 20 goals and 16 assists. "He can shoot with either hand and has size [6-1] and great speed," said coach Mike Burnett.
* Jon Cline, St. Mary's, junior, defense -- At 6-3, 200 pounds, Cline can be intimidating; he is the Saints' best checker and take-away defenseman. "He has a great stick and is good on ground balls," coach Jim Moorhead said. "In our league, there was no one better at taking the ball away in one-on-one situations."
* Chris Lamy, North County, senior, defense -- Superb on ground balls, strong in one-on-one situations, Lamy is a first-team repeater. "He's the most pleasant and coachable kid, yet he's so tenacious," coach Paul Shea said. "His stick never stops moving." Lamy is headed for Penn State.
* Ryan Little, Annapolis, senior, defense -- He was Annapolis' No. 1 stopper, always matched against the opponent's top scorer. He was a vocal leader, "a coach on the field," coach Dan Hart said. Little was named captain for 15 of the Panthers' 16 games. He will attend Babson (Mass.) College.
* Thad Schmidt, St. Mary's, senior, defense -- A three-year starter, Schmidt was quicker and markedly improved after losing 25 pounds during the off-season. Normally the crease defenseman, Schmidt was stationed occasionally behind the cage when Moorhead wanted "to shake things up," and he responded well because of his increased quickness.