1998 All-Carroll County boys lacrosse teams

May 27, 1998|By JEFF SEIDEL AND JOHN W. STEWART

Player of the Year

Mike Rabinovitz, South Carroll, senior, midfielder: The three-year varsity starter played a key role in helping the Cavaliers win the Class 3A-4A West Region title. Rabinovitz led the team in scoring (60 points), ground balls (171) and was its best face-off man. A solid, all-around midfielder, the team captain played a big part in the region championship win at Liberty by winning several important face-offs that stopped the Lions from gaining momentum. The Kelly Award finalist will play at Lehigh next year.

Coach of the Year

Jeff Alisauckas, South Carroll: The Cavaliers saw their longtime county championship streak ended last year. Alisauckas helped them regain not only the county title but also guided the Cavs to a region championship. South Carroll finished 14-5 and made it to the state semifinals where it lost to eventual champion Annapolis. The Cavaliers were a senior-dominated team, one that was disciplined and played well in tough games, winning the region title on the road at Liberty, 11-9. The Lions had beaten the Cavaliers earlier and held them to two goals.

Jesse Buppert, South Carroll, sophomore, attack: Buppert led the Cavaliers in assists with 30 and proved to be an impressive playmaker, despite being only a sophomore. He added 20 goals and finished fourth on the team with 50 points. Buppert also ranked second on the team with 101 ground balls. A versatile player who can go with the right or left hand, Buppert will be one of county's best attackmen next year.

Pete Eppig, Liberty, Sr., Attack: A hard-working player, Eppig was the leader on ground balls with 10 per game, very high for an attackman. He ranked in the top five among attackmen with 28 goals and 21 assists for 49 points -- despite missing two games due to injury. He'll go with teammate Mike Pearsall to Salisbury State and play lacrosse next year.

Greg Fisher, Westminster, senior, midfielder: A Kelly Award finalist, Fisher had a tremendous season, finishing with 49 goals and 20 assists. He and his brother, Ryan, made a formidable 1-2 punch for a Westminster team that had one of the county's best offenses. Fisher did a little bit of everything in every situation for Westminster, playing in many different situations and sparking the Owls throughout the year.

Ryan Fisher, Westminster, junior, midfielder: He followed brother Greg's lead and led the team with 75 points on 47 goals and 28 assists. Fisher is quickly developing into one of the area's best midfielders and was a potent scoring threat for the Owls. With his brother gone next year, Fisher should combine with some of Westminster's other strong young players to give the team a foundation for success.

Tom Freedman, Liberty, senior, midfielder: He did a little bit of everything for the Lions and was most likely the team's most valuable player. In addition to his 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists), Freedman played solid defense. He limited Greg Fisher to one goal in the playoff with Westminster and did the same against Rob Onda of South Carroll. Freedman also will go to Salisbury State for lacrosse. "He was our heart and soul," said Liberty coach Sal Picataggi."

Mike Pearsall, Liberty, senior, attack: Pearsall was one of only two players to score a goal in every game he played and led county attackmen with 40 goals. He sparked a Liberty rally midway through the South Carroll region final during which the Lions nearly took the game. Pearsall finished with three goals in that game and 48 points for the season. He's headed to Salisbury State.

Kevin Roy, Liberty, senior, attack: One of the most potent on attack in the county, Roy finished with 33 goals and 30 assists for the rapidly improving Lions. Roy is a multi-dimensional player who can pass as well as score; he had three assists in the region final loss to South Carroll. He scored seven goals in one game against Westminster and will got to either Notre Dame or Loyola next year.

Rob Onda, South Carroll, senior, midfielder: Onda ranked third on the team with 38 goals and 18 assists for 56 points. A hard working midfielder who also racked up 87 ground balls (fourth on the team). Onda started for three years and coach Jeff Alisauckas praised him as a "hustler and a hard worker." Onda will play Division III lacrosse next year at Lynchburg.

Micah Reese, Liberty, junior, defense: Reese consistently went up against the best players in the county -- and shut them all down. He held both Mike Rabinovitz and Greg Fisher to one goal. Early in the season, he even limited Rabinovitz to just one assist. Reese is a three-sport athlete, a solid student and Division I coaches already are heavily recruiting him.

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