1999 All-Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse teams

June 01, 1999|By PAT O'MALLEY AND GLENN P. GRAHAM

Player of the Year

Greg Wojtech, Arundel, senior, defense: Wildcats coach Clint Gosnell described Wojtech's love for the game best, saying his defensive stalwart "can run up and down the field forever." Headed to UMBC on a lacrosse scholarship, Wojtech was all over the field in each of Arundel's 19 games (16-3) and a primary reason the No. 11 Wildcats won the county championship game over No. 12 Annapolis (13-4). He drew the opponents' top offensive threat, excelled in take-aways and gobbled up a school record 199 ground balls. On occasion he would score (six goals, four assists) by outhustling everybody to the other end. Physical as well as quick, Wojtech, an All-County football player, was a three-year starter in lacrosse and a high school All-American. Wojtech, who is the Class 3A-4A finalist for the prestigious C. Markland Kelly Award, is the first defenseman named county Player of the Year since Ben Strader of Annapolis in 1984.

Coach of the Year

Mike Bellotte, Severna Park: Few coaches have experienced the roller-coaster-like season that second-year coach Bellotte did, but the long ride ended with the school's first state championship in boys lacrosse. The Falcons won three district titles, then the equivalent of a state title from 1977-79, but last week's 12-8 victory over Fallston was the first since lacrosse became an official state championship sport in 1990. Bellotte, who led the Falcons to the county championship in his first year, predicted before this season that he had a blue-chip junior class capable of winning a state title. Little did he know that conflicts with parents and his players would lead to an 8-6 regular season and that he would receive a one-game suspension during the playoffs. "We had to get the right guys in the right spots and we managed to do that," said Bellotte, whose team won its last seven games and finished 13-6. Bellotte switched a couple players from midfield to attack with great success. Bellotte had to sit out the Falcons' 12-8 East region final win over Arundel because of improper behavior that included a cursing incident during the team's 8-3 victory over Annapolis two days before. "I had my review and was told I will be back for next season, " said Bellotte, who is a mortgage banker.

The first team

Joey Case, Broadneck, senior, attack: Case closed his career at the Cape St. Claire school with 41 goals and 30 assists to bring his three-year totals to 101 goals and 95 assists. The 196 total points is a school career record, but the career goals record is 127, set by Case's late brother, Gerry. Gerry Case died of meningitis while playing at Loyola College last year and Joey, who will play at Loyola, wore Gerry's No. 9 this season in his honor.

Marshall Feldman, Severn, senior, attack: Feldman was the leading scorer for the No. 8 Admirals (7-8) of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, scoring 28 goals and assisting on 23 others. "Marshall was our go-to guy who should do well at the next level, probably at midfield, " said coach Jamie McNealey. Feldman, who scored 21 goals and had 17 assists as a junior, is headed to Penn State.

Brett McConnaughhay, Annapolis, junior, attack: McConnaughhay led county public schools in scoring with 71 points on 44 goals and 27 assists. His offensive firepower enabled the No. 12 Panthers to win the county regular season title with a 10-1 record and finish 13-4 overall.

John Navarro, Arundel, senior, attack: Wildcat assistant coach Brien McMurray said Navarro "would rather assist than score" and the senior's 42 assists with 21 goals seem to prove it. McMurray cited Navarro's uncanny ability to see the entire field. Navarro was third in ground balls (78) and will attend Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.

Chris Summers, St. Mary's, senior, attack: One of only two first-team repeat selections, Summers was the No. 5 Saints' leading scorer with 24 goals and 22 assists to finish with 54 goals and 37 assists over his last two seasons. Summers handles the stick well, shoots with both hands and goes to the crease and goal very strong. "Chris was one of the main reasons we made the A Conference playoffs, " said coach Jim Moorhead, whose Saints were 10-5 overall. Summers signed before the season with Loyola College.

Henry Hanburger, Arundel, senior, midfield: field: At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Hanburger overpowered foes with his physical style and dodging. Few county players finished with the abandon of Hanburger. Hanburger used his size to clear the path to the goal and his superb outside shot to score 37 goals and dish off 13 assists despite missing four games due to injuries. He also had 48 ground balls and will attend Bridgeton Academy.

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