Player of the Year
Alex Lieske, Gilman, senior, attack: This tough 5-10, 160-pound Duke-bound senior was the Greyhounds' quiet thunder. "Alex doesn't say much, never complained when we asked him to hold the ball in critical situations instead of trying to score," said out-going coach John Tucker Gilman's third Player of the Year in his nine seasons. "Alex is tough, not afraid to take someone on, one-on-one, to score the big goal. He'll go around you or through you, whatever it takes. Though he ranked second in team scoring with 44 goals and 35 assists, Lieske (51 ground balls) "was completely unselfish until it was time to score the big goals," Tucker said.
Co-Coaches of the Year
Rick Brocato, St. Paul's: At an emotional and spiritual low while trying to cope with the mid-season death of goalie Alex Schweizer, the Crusaders, runners-up in the MIAA A Conference, might have plummeted to the middle of the league pack were it not for the strength and leadership of Brocato and staff members Scott Boynton, Mike Thomas, Scott Conklin, Mitch Whiteley and Ben Strutt. Instead, the members of entire program honored their fallen friend by going on. "We definitely had Alec's spirit with us, but our goals never changed," said Brocato, who finished the season with sophomore keeper Paul Spellman. "Our second string goalie, John Belitsos, had college visits on the days of our next four games and Spellman stepped into a pressure cooker and won the job."
Ben Berquist, Towson: After three years as an assistant to his former coach, Randy Dase (242-26, 20 seasons), Berquist, 27, took over as head coach of a program that returned only three veterans to a defending state champ. "A lot of people thought we'd get clobbered," said Berquist, whose Generals (11-5) indeed took their lumps. "We couldn't run up and down the field with anyone, so we had to play the game between the ears." Beginning with a regular season-ending, 7-6 upset of Hereford, "our players started to believe [in his slow-down game] and things came together." En route to the 1A-2A state title game, the runner-up Generals upset favored Kent County (14-2) in overtime.
The first team
Ryan Boyle, Gilman, sophomore, attack: An excellent athlete and quarterback on the Greyhounds' football team, Boyle led the team with 47 goals and 41 assists and also scooped 53 ground balls. Boyle has 130 points in two years as a starter "is the best off-ball player I've ever coached," said John Tucker.
Conor Gill, St. Paul's, senior, attack: Gill, headed for the University of Virginia, scored 40 goals and 39 assists and this year eclipsed the school's all-time scoring record with 236 career points. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder entered the season regarded as the nation's top Division I prospect on attack and led the Crusaders to a runner-up finish in the MIAA A Conference.
Matt Primm, McDonogh, junior, attack: With 51 goals, 27 assists and 87 ground balls, Primm "was the most improved player on our team," according to coach Jake Reed. A power-scorer with a rocket of a shot, Primm was the focal point of many defenses.
Owen Daly, McDonogh, junior, midfield: Daly's 39 goals and 18 assists made him one of the league's highest scoring middies, but his 129 ground balls were the true testament to his worth. "He's a great scorer and passer with either hand," Reed said. "There's no wasted motion with him as he gets up and down the field."
Andrew Faraone, Gilman, junior, midfield: Faraone's 43 goals are the most by any first-team middie and his 35 assists are second. Big (6-2, 190) and strong, Faraone runs a 4.6-second, 40-yard dash according to coach John Tucker and "he's a relentless presence with a hard shot."
Jamie Hubbard, Friends, senior, midfield: Coach Jon Garmen calls the 6-2, 195-pound Hubbard "a once-in-a-lifetime player." One coach called Hubbard (38 goals, 20 assists), bound for Johns Hopkins, "one of the best in the country." Hubbard led the Quakers to two straight MIAA B Conference crowns, scoring his 100th career goal in this year's title-game win over John Carroll. He finishes with 172 career points and had 61 ground balls this year. He has been chosen to try out for the Under-19 National Team.
Pat Jackson, Loyola, senior, midfield: The North Carolina-bound Jackson drew the No. 1 defender nearly every game and still managed to generate the Dons' offense, scoring 19 goals to go with 23 assists. "He'd sit back and probe the defenses, set up the offense even though he most often drew the long-stick," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden.
Michael Satyshur, St. Paul's, senior, midfield: The Duke-bound Satyshur scored 14 goals, but his 36 assists are a high for the All-City/County players. His best assets are field vision and unselfishness, which are among the reasons league coaches voted unanimously for Satyshur as one of the top three midfielders.