All-Metro boys lacrosse team

June 07, 1999|By LEM SATTERFIELD

Player of the Year

Bobby benson, McDonogh

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior attackman scored an incredible 129 points (63 goals, 66 assists) this season, and his 323 career points (178 goals, 145 assists) are believed to be a school record.

Benson, the Baltimore City/County Player of the Year, averaged 5.8 points per game against league rivals, or 3.2 goals and 2.6 assists. The four-year starter bound for Johns Hopkins "had his best games in the biggest games," said his coach, Jake Reed.

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.

Nicknamed "The Garbage Man" for his scrappy play, Benson often scooped up rebounds or loose balls for scores and intercepted clearing passes by keepers or defenders.

Benson also anchored the Eagles' Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference soccer team as a second-team All-Metro goalie with a school-record 16 shutouts. He was also a captain and a center on their B Conference champion basketball team. He is a 3.6 student.

"My teammates are the ones who deserve all the credit. I get all the cheap stuff around the goal, and all I do is throw it in the nets," said Benson.

"Winning titles in soccer and basketball, that was great," Benson said after the Eagles' season-ending championship win over Loyola. "But I came to McDonogh to win a lacrosse title. This is the one that brings it all together."

A four-year starter in lacrosse, Benson was twice named to the Bay State team,

Coach of the Year

Jake Reed, McDonogh

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 time, McDonogh had gone 1-39 vs. league competition over the previous four seasons.

McDonogh's seniors had lost every high school overtime game they had ever participated in before edging Gilman, 11-10, on Matt Primm's goal in their overtime semifinal.

McDonogh then routed Loyola for its first conference championship.

Kyle Bell, Loyola

Bell, a senior midfielder and three-year starter, 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. "He played football, and a lot of his ability translated into lacrosse in his footwork."

A 3.3-student, Bell is headed to North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship. He was Loyola's nominee for the C. Markland Kelly Award, bestowed upon the high school lacrosse player deemed Maryland's best. He is also a two-time member of the Bay State team.

Bell worked hard in the winter to overcome an ankle injury suffered during the football season.

Ryan Boyle, Gilman

A repeat All-Baltimore City/County and All-Metro 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.

The attackman always drew the opposition's No. 1 defender, and coaches respected his play enough that he was voted an All-American as a junior this season.

Several Division I colleges are after Boyle, who, in his first game back from surgery, scored a goal and had an assist to force overtime in Gilman's semifinal loss to McDonogh.

Said Gilman coach Dave Allen: "Ryan's just one of those special athletes you only come across once in a while."

Owen Daly, McDonogh

The Princeton-bound Daly is a brilliant overall player capable of playing defense, running the offense or dodging for points. The senior midfielder had 55 goals and 12 assists this season and earned All-America honors.

A repeat All-Baltimore City/County and All-Metro performer, Daly had 138 goals and 65 assists (203 points) in his career. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder shot with either hand and usually drew the opposing team's best defender.

Daly, a four-year starter, is a U.S. Under-19 team member.

"You see him getting the ball on offense, and the next thing, he's hustling back to play defense," said Mount Hebron coach Jeff Doolan. "He's almost the perfect player as far as I'm concerned."

Damien Davis, Gilman

The Princeton-bound Davis had 106 takeaways, 47 clears and led the team in ground balls with 84. The senior defenseman's size (6-3, 205), speed (4.5-second 40-yard dash) and strength were usually enough to overwhelm the opposition.

Opposing coaches often avoided having their players take on Davis one-on-one.

Davis is a repeat All-Baltimore City/County and All-Metro performer. He earned All-Metro honors as a running back last fall on the Greyhounds' 10-0, A Conference-champion football team. He won All-Metro honors in wrestling for the second straight year

Last year Davis was the first male non-senior to win The Sun's Athlete of the Year award.

Andrew Faraone, Gilman

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