Player of the Year
Bobby Benson, McDonogh: His incredible 129 points (63 goals, 66 assists ) included 5.8 points per game against league rivals -- 3.2 goals and 2.6 assists. The Johns Hopkins-bound attackman scored 323 career points (178 goals, 145 assists), which is believed to be a school-record. A four-year starter, Benson "had his best games in the biggest games," said coach Jake Reed, Nicknamed "The Garbage Man" for his scrappy play, Benson, 6 feet 5 and 180 pounds, will scoop up rebounds or loose balls for scores, intercept clearing passes by keepers or defenders or simply assist or take an assist. Benson had 12 goals and five assists in two games against Gilman, seven goals and six assists in two games against Loyola and five goals and five assists in two games against Boys' Latin. Benson also anchored the Eagles' Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference soccer team as a second-team All-Metro goalie, and was a center on their B Conference champion basketball team.
Co-Coaches of Year
Jake Reed: An All-Metro goalie for Dulaney 26 years ago and a former All-American at Maryland, the seventh-year coach took the Eagles to their first lacrosse title since 1939, and their first season-ending No. 1 ranking. Though this year's Eagles reached the MIAA A Conference playoffs for the third straight season, McDonogh had gone 1-39 against league competition over the previous four seasons. McDonogh's seniors had lost every overtime game they had ever participated in before edging Gilman, 11-10, on Matt Primm's goal, assisted by Bobby Benson, in their overtime semifinal. McDonogh then routed Loyola, an earlier 10-9 winner over the Eagles, 18-8, for its first conference championship. Reed is 37-4 over the past two seasons at McDonogh (20-2 this year).
John Hammond, Poly: The Engineers, of 23-year coach Hammond, ended a 31-game city league winning streak for Patterson during the regular season, then defeated the Clippers again, 12-10, for the Baltimore City title. It was the second lacrosse title for Hammond, 54, who has 110 career victories and also won the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference title in 1980 at Patterson. Poly also reached the Class 1A-2A East regional semifinals. Hammond's Engineers, 6-8 last season, had just five seniors on the roster. Freshman keeper Andy Posil is among Poly's best players, and his top scorers -- junior Marcus Smith and sophomore Andrew Godsey (each with 61 points), freshman Tavon McGee and junior Josh Kraft -- all were underclassmen.
The first team
Kyle Bell, Loyola, senior, midfield: A North Carolina-bound three-year starter, Bell (5-10, 170) averaged six ground balls on the faceoff wings and scored 26 goals to go with 15 assists. "Kyle drew the long pole in every game and was the primary shooter on man-up plays," said coach Joe McFadden. Bell, who has a 3.3 grade-point average, is a two-time member of the Bay State team, a squad of Maryland's best high school players. back.
Ryan Boyle, Gilman, junior, attack: A repeat All-City/County performer despite missing three games due to a surgical procedure, Boyle finished the season with 23 goals and 28 assists to go with 60 ground balls. Boyle, was who voted an All-American as an underclassman this season, always drew the opposition's No. 1 defender. Several Division I programs are recruiting Boyle, who, in his first game back from surgery, scored a goal and an assist to force overtime in Gilman's semifinal loss to McDonogh.
Owen Daly, McDonogh, senior, midfield: The Princeton-bound Daly (6-2, 180) is a brilliant player capable of playing defense, running the offense or dodging for one of his 55 goals or 12 assists. A repeat City/County performer, Daly has 138 goals and 65 assists (203 points) and earned All-America honors this season. He can shoot with either hand and usually draws the opposing team's best defender. Daly is a U.S. National under-19 team member and a four-year starter.
Damien Davis, Gilman, senior, defense: The Princeton-bound Davis had 106 take-aways, 47 clears and led the team in ground balls with 84. His size (6-3, 205), speed (4.5-second 40-yard dash) and strength usually was enough to overwhelm the opposition. It was often the strategy of opposing coaches to avoid taking on this repeat All-City/County performer, one-on-one.
Andrew Faraone, Gilman, senior, midfield: A repeat All-City/County performer, and a member of the U.S. National under-19 team, the Virginia-bound Faraone scored 29 goals to go with 19 assists and 75 ground balls. Faraone, who scored the game-winning goal in an early-season upset of then-No. 1 Boys' Latin, will have earned 13 varsity letters when he graduates.