Player of The Year
John Glatzel, Boys' Latin: In a league considered the nation's best, it's difficult to play perfectly -- unless the player is defender John Glatzel. "Looking back, I don't think he had one bad game," Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said of the 6-foot, 180-pounder who is a high school All-American headed for Syracuse. "None of the top scorers in the league ever scored a goal against him one-on-one." Glatzel anchored a Lakers' squad that allowed an average of just over four goals during the regular season -- believed to be a school record. He was known for intercepting passes. His mobility allowed him to shadow any player, and he was quick either to run with the ball or pass it to spark a counter-attack or transition. "He's just a tremendous defender. A great take-away guy, and he picks off passes like no one I've ever seen," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden, whose No. 2 Dons were tournament runners-up to Boys' Latin. "He's already playing beyond the players on this level." St. Paul's Conor Gill, the league's top scorer with a single-season school record of 93 points, had just two assists with Glatzel on him. In a 13-4 victory over Calvert Hall, Glatzel (one goal, two assists) out-scored the Cardinals' top scorer, Tom Tamberrino. A legitimate check to Loyola's top scorer Chris Malone during the title game crippled a Dons' rally. "His checks are always clean, timely and right on the money," said St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato. "He picks his spots wisely."
Coaches of the Year
Randy Dase, Towson: Towson lost 16 players to graduation and fielded its most inexperienced team in 20 years. When the Generals were at 6-5 (the most single-season losses in school history) and in jeopardy of having a .500 record for the first time in the program's history, Dase challenged his Generals with the program's rich tradition. His club responded by winning its last six games, including the program's state-best eighth championship game -- the school's fifth since the MPSSAA switched to an official state tournament. "This was the sweetest of them all because this team started in the cellar," said Dase, who is 242-26 in 20 seasons. Sophomore keeper Jesse Markowitz had a combined 48 saves over the Generals' final three games against last year's state champ Hereford -- a regional title win that avenged an earlier loss -- Southern-Anne Arundel in the semifinals and Glenelg. Attackman Sean O'Connor keyed the come-from-behind victories over Hereford and Southern. In the state title game, a Lance Yeagle-led defense prevented scores on four of Glenelg's five extra-man opportunities, and Nick DeFelice (three goals, one assist) became the fourth Towson player to score three goals in a championship game. "There was one point, after losing [11-3] to C. Milton Wright, where the players said they didn't care," said Dase, whose team made its first title-game appearance since 1994. Said Yeagle, who is bound for Hofstra, "We had some doubts after two years of failure, but there was a lot of pride in our tradition, so we really stepped it up to get our title back."
Bob Shriver, Boys' Latin: With the talent on this year's senior-laden squad, the pressure of being No. 1-ranked from the season's outset and a reputation for faltering in the playoffs, "It could have been easy for Shrives to let his players run wild," said St. Paul's Brocato. "But he kept those kids composed and playing within the team concept, even though they were under a lot of scrutiny from the media and alumni." Teammate Pat Radebaugh died in a summer car accident, and the Lakers dedicated their season to his memory, wearing his name and jersey number (27) on their helmets. Sometimes, the players draped Radebaugh's jersey on the bench. The Lakers out-scored league opponents, 170-61, including the playoffs (14.2-to-4.5 per game) and assisted on nearly 80 percent of the goals en route to going 17-0 in winning the MIAA A Conference title. Boys' Latin entered the title game against Loyola at only 2-4 in championship games under 18-year coach Shriver (220-72) and having faced comparisons by some to Maryland's greatest teams ever. Although 13 players had signed to play for Division I programs prior to the season, Shriver -- whose reserves were mostly seniors -- did a good job of substitution during games, keeping the players on his bench happy. Most of the team members had played together since eighth grade, going 30-0 through ninth grade. "This team was like a family in every sense," said Shriver, who had team dinners the night before every game. "They did a wonderful job of emphasizing us as a group and a team, and the team captains never let them waver from that."