1998 All-Howard County boys lacrosse teams

May 27, 1998|By RICK BELZ AND STAN RAPPAPORT

Players of the Year

Kyle Campbell, Mount Hebron, senior, attack: Voted an All-American by the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Association for the second straight season, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound attackman helped carry a young team to the regional finals where, despite Campbell's five goals and two assists, the Vikings lost to eventual state champion Centennial, 10-9. He scored 58 goals, had 48 assists and dug up 65 ground balls.

Campbell set school season records in goals (74), points (111) and a single-game record for goals (8) last season. This season he set school career records for goals (145), assists (106) and total points (251). A first-team All-Metro pick last season, Campbell is headed to Loyola College on an athletic scholarship.

P.J. Paolisso, Centennial, senior, midfield: Consistently, Paolisso came up with the big play -- a faceoff, ground ball or goal -- when the Eagles needed it. He was his team's best offensive player and best defensive midfielder and led it to its first state championship. Paolisso, a two-time first-team All-County selection, scored 41 goals and had 24 assists, controlled 115 ground balls and won 106 of 165 (64 percent) of his faceoffs. He scored four goals in the regional title game against Mount Hebron, and three goals and three assists against Hereford in the state semifinals. Although a good student, he will attend Peddie Prep School next fall, hoping eventually to attend Washington and Lee, which has extremely high entrance requirements. He was voted an All-American by the NILA.

Coach of the Year

Mike Siegert, Centennial: He coached the Eagles to a 15-1 record and their first state championship, a Class 1A-2A title that featured a win over perennial Baltimore County power Towson in the state finals. Along the way, the Eagles ended a 30-game league winning streak by three-time defending county champion Mount Hebron. The 45-year-old Siegert, a math teacher who has coached lacrosse for 24 years -- 21 at Centennial -- was a second-team All-American defenseman at Hopkins from where he graduated in 1974. "This was one of those years when everything just came together perfectly, and the kids did what it took to achieve their goals."

The first team

Randall Calvert, Centennial, senior, midfield: His size, speed and athletic ability made him one of the toughest players in the league to guard. He scored 24 goals, had 13 assists and controlled 76 ground balls. Calvert was second-team All-County

last season. He will attend Villanova.

Ryan Douglas, Mount Hebron, senior, midfield: field: His speed -- 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- helped Douglas lead his team with 144 ground balls. He scored 25 goals and had 15 assists. Douglas will attend Towson University.

Jeremy Edge, Oakland Mills, senior, midfield: The Scorpions' lone returning offensive starter, Edge switched from attack to midfield this season and scored 43 goals, had 13 assists and retrieved 59 ground balls. The 6-3, 180-pounder had a strong shot and scored six goals against Long Reach. He will attend West Point.

Joe Ellis, Oakland Mills, junior, attack: As his team's go-to guy, Ellis always drew the opposing team's best defender. Still, he led the Scorpions offensively with 49 goals and 28 assists, and he dug out 69 ground balls. Ellis was consistent, scoring at least two goals and an assist in every game. He scored eight goals against both Long Reach and Wilde Lake. Ellis was most effective playing behind the goal.

Drew Enstice, Centennial, senior, defense: He asked to switch from starting midfield to defense because the Eagles had a team weakness there, and his personal sacrifice paid off. He led the defense in ground balls with 70, and his quickness, athletic ability and midfield experience allowed him to initiate many fast breaks, a critical part of Centennial's success. He'll attend Virginia Tech.

Whit Faris, Glenelg, senior, defense: He is a two-time first-team All-County player, who accounted for 170 ground balls, two goals and three assists. An intelligent, team leader, he will attend Maryland.

Joe Iannarino, Centennial, senior, attack: He scored 47 goals, had 28 assists and controlled 68 ground balls. Iannarino led his team in goals for the third straight season. He holds the school single-season record for goals (50) and single-game records for goals (9) and points (11). Second-team All-County last season, he's a tremendous closer with the knack for being in the right place. He'll attend Drexel, joining his older brother.

Scott Kenworthy, River Hill, sophomore, attack: A force to be reckoned with, he scored 27 goals and led the league with 64 assists despite frequent double-teaming. Kenworthy, first-team All-County as a freshman, was involved in 66 percent of his team's goals and was a tri-captain. He picked up 67 ground balls, and was one of the league's most skilled players near the crease.

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