1999 All-Howard County boys lacrosse teams

June 01, 1999|By RICK BELZ AND STAN RAPPAPORT

Player of the Year

Dave Smith, Mount Hebron, senior, defense: Voted an All-American by the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Association, he was selected second-team All-State by the Maryland Lacrosse Coaches Association and is the Howard County representative to the North-South game. He was credited with 26 take-aways and 122 ground balls, scored one goal and had two assists. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder played good position defense and was a hard-checker. This is his second All-County selection. Next year, he'll follow his older brother Jon to UMBC on a 75 percent lacrosse scholarship.

Coach of the Year

Jeff Doolan, Mount Hebron: The Vikings (15-5) won their second state title, first since 1991, and dominated the regular county season by going 9-0. Then they had to defeat four top county teams again in the playoffs. The Vikings also performed well against high-caliber Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association teams such as St. Mary's and No. 1-ranked McDonogh, as well as a top New York team, Carthage. A 1995 graduate of Salisbury State, the 25-year-old Vikings head coach played on the 1994 NCAA Division III national championship team and was an All-Metro player at Westminster High. He instilled great dedication, as evidenced by 5: 45 a.m. practice runs and the time the team shoveled snow from the practice field so it could get ready for its first scrimmage. His three-year career record at Mount Hebron is 57-12, which includes two county championships.

The first team

Kyle Chacon, Mount Hebron, senior, defense: After earning second-team All-County honors last season, he played good position defense and this year learned to take the ball away. He came up with 80 ground balls. "He's only been playing 14 months and has improved every day," said Doolan. He made a memorable check on Towson's Gavin Kimball in the state Class 1A-2A title game. Chacon will attend Penn State and play lacrosse.

Adam Cummins, Mount Hebron, sophomore, defense: more, defense: The 6-foot-2, 170-pound defender is already drawing attention from college scouts. "He has the potential to be one of the best we've ever had," said Doolan. "He has speed, strength, stickwork and is a great athlete." Cummins had 106 ground balls.

Joey Ellis, Oakland Mills, senior, midfield: Voted an All-American by the NILA, he scored 47 goals, had 27 assists, a school-record 104 ground balls and, as the Scorpions secondary facecoff man, won 72 percent of faceoffs. The 6-2, 195-pounder's strength and size made him a formidable opponent and he was aggressive going to goal. The two-time first-team All-County player scored five goals in a 12-11 loss to county runner-up Centennial. Ellis, an All-Metro football player, will play both football and lacrosse at Western Maryland next year.

Neal Goldman, Mount Hebron, junior, attack: He scored 37 goals and had 24 assists and saved Mount Hebron's state-championship season with a five-goal, two-assist effort during a 9-8 come-from-behind overtime victory over Oakland Mills in the regional quarterfinals. He scored the tying goal with 41 seconds left in regulation time, and assisted the winning goal with 22 seconds left in overtime.

Taylor Faris, Glenelg, junior, midfield: He led the county with 206 ground balls and won 65 percent of his faceoffs. He scored 31 goals and had 21 assists. "He has all the tools to be a Division I player," Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid said. "He's a tough defensive player who is evolving into a good offensive player."

Eric Jones, Centennial, senior, midfield: Jones scored three goals apiece in close, low-scoring early-season wins against Park and South Carroll to bolster the confidence of an extremely young Eagles team that went on to an unexpectedly fine 11-4 season. The co-captain led his team in scoring with 26 goals and 25 assists, and was second in ground balls with 78. He'll play for UMBC.

Scott Kenworthy, River Hill, junior, attack: A three-time, first-team All-County selection, Kenworthy posted 36 goals and a league-leading 61 assists to go with 72 ground balls. Frequently double-teamed and always drawing a top defenseman, Kenworthy was a main reason for River Hill's best record at 12-4.

Zack McQuigg, Glenelg, junior, attack: He performed a dual role as shooter and feeder. A second-team All-County selection last season, the 6-3, 185-pounder's left-handed shot was tough to defend. He scored 41 goals and had 42 assists and picked up 75 ground balls.

Matt Midura, Mount Hebron, senior, midfield: Selected Honorable Mention All-State by the Maryland Lacrosse Coaches Association, one of only two county players to be honored, Midura was the hub of the state champion Vikings team, doing many of the essential things that don't show up in statistics. "He had a phenomenal attitude, sees the field well and was strong right-handed and left-handed," Doolan said. The co-captain, second-team All-County last season, produced 37 goals and 25 assists. An All-Metro soccer player, Midura will attend Navy Prep.

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