1999 All-Carroll County boys lacrosse team

June 01, 1999|By EDWARD LEE AND RICH SCHERR

Player of the Year

Pat Wynne, South Carroll, senior, midfield: The two-year varsity starter and team co-captain filled the leadership void admirably. Widely considered one of the most dangerous players in the open field, Wynne scored 39 goals -- third-best in the county. He also added nine assists. Wynne also was willing to take on any role coach Jeff Alisauckas asked of him. When faceoff specialists Danny Stansbury and Derek Clark were sidelined with injuries, Wynne won 60 percent of the faceoffs in a 14-12 win over Watkins Mill in the second round of the Class 3A-4A West regional playoffs. Said Alisauckas: "He pretty much took this team under his wing." Wynne and Liberty defenseman Micah Reese are the only seniors voted by coaches to represent the county in the state All-Star game Saturday. Wynne will play at Division II Limestone College (S. C.) next year.

Coach of the Year

David Dodson, North Carroll: After the Panthers finished an 0-13 season last spring, Dodson could've headed to the beach for a long-overdue vacation. But the former assistant coach organized lacrosse camps during the summer, fall and winter to help improve his players' stick skills. The results? Nine victories against seven losses and an appearance in the Class 3A-4A West regional final against Westminster. North Carroll surprised many teams, sweeping Liberty and gaining a win against both the Owls and South Carroll. Francis Scott Key coach John Baugher, whose Eagles split their season series with the Panthers, says of Dodson: "He turned a program around from 0-13 to a couple of games away from playing for the county championship. He balanced the level of play in the county."

The team

Jesse Buppert, South Carroll, junior, attack: For the second consecutive season, Buppert led the Cavaliers in assists, cementing his reputation as the team's most prolific playmaker. By finishing with 31 assists this season, Buppert's two-year total of 61 broke Jason Weisenborn's school record of 60 assists in a career -- and he still has one more season to play. He also chipped in 23 goals and ran the offense for Alisauckas.

Zach Crisler, North Carroll, junior, attack: Crisler was a vital cog in the Panthers' surge this season. The brawny junior finished the season with 10 assists and 36 goals, which was the fourth-highest in the county. Crisler had a knack for finding a seam in the defense and positioning himself for a goal. His ability to score infected his teammates. "When Zach was on, everybody seemed to be on," said Coach Dodson.

Regis D'Angelo, North Carroll, senior, defense: D'Angelo anchored a stingy defense that gave up about seven goals a game. Considered the squad's best long-pole defenseman, D'Angelo guarded the opposing team's top scorer. Dodson says he relied heavily on D'Angelo, who picked up 37 ground balls and scored a goal in an April 13 win over Westminster. "We had faith that he would be able to go out against anybody's top player and shut him down, and he did that often," Coach Dodson said. D'Angelo will play for Goucher next spring.

Mark Donahue, Liberty, sophomore, attack: For the first eight games, Donahue averaged nearly five points a game. Then he separated his shoulder in an April 27 game against North Carroll and missed the final five games. Boasting 14 goals and 25 assists, Donahue possessed speed and an ability to shoot from both sides. Lions coach Sal Picataggi said the season would have ended differently if Donahue had remained healthy. "Without him, our offense went completely stale because he made our offense better," Picataggi said.

Jason Holman, Westminster, sophomore, midfield: An All-County honorable mention last spring, Holman didn't bother to give any credence to a sophomore slump. He led the Owls, who won the county and Class 3A-4A West region title, in assists (33) and was second in goals (29). An unselfish player, Holman was the field general who directed a potent offense that scored 163 goals in 19 games. Coach Jim Peters says Holman can see a play before it develops. "He's a sophomore who plays the game like a senior," Peters says. "He has that savvy."

Nathan Krida, Francis Scott Key, junior, attack: Krida emerged as the county's most prolific scorer. An All-County honorable mention last year, Krida powered in a county-high 49 goals in leading the Eagles to their first .500 season (7-7). He also contributed 17 assists. Krida scored a goal in every game, including a season-high seven goals in an April 20 loss to North Carroll. He frequently drew the opposing team's best defenseman, but still found a way to score. "Every time we tried to stop him, he beat us," said North Carroll coach Dodson. "No one shut him down."

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