2000 All-Howard County boys lacrosse teams

High Schools

June 01, 2000|By RICK BELZ AND STAN RAPPAPORT

Player of the Year

Neal Goldman, Mount Hebron: 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 in the senior North-South All-Star game. He played on the Bay State team. Goldman was also selected as the Howard County Lacrosse Player of the Year by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U. S. Lacrosse. and is one of the finalists for the prestigious Kelly Award. He scored 38 goals and had 45 assists. His best game was a four-goal, six-assist effort against River Hill. "Neal is very smart, sees the field well, is solid left-handed or right-handed, works harder in the off season than anyone, carried the offense and is the best finisher I've ever coached," Vikings coach Jeff Doolan said. Goldman is headed to Georgetown on a lacrosse scholarship.

Coach of the Year

Tom Minard, Long Reach: In just four years, Minard has created a competitive program at Long Reach, a neighborhood better known for its football and basketball athletes. Four years ago, the team was 0-15 but improved each year to a 7-9 mark this season. The Lightning was more competitive than its record indicates. After an 0-6 start, Long Reach won seven of its last 10 games. The Lightning lost four games by one goal, including one to state finalist Glenelg. Minard, 35, played football and lacrosse at Wilde Lake and graduated from Shepherd College in 1988. He previously was an assistant coach at Wilde Lake and Mount Hebron. "Only three of our starters played before high school and six starters played football," he said. "We went from 17 or 18 varsity players our first couple of years to 28 this season."

The first team

Franklin Berry, Mount Hebron: He scored 28 goals and had 19 assists, and was the Vikings best dodger and offensive midfielder. His top games included a five-goal outburst against River Hill and a three-goal, two assist-effort against Centennial. At 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, the basketball point guard will attend UMBC on a lacrosse scholarship.

Steve Blakely, Oakland Mills: He scored at least three goals and had one assist against every county team, and finished with 44 goals, 24 assists and 77 ground balls. An All-Met soccer player, at 6-foot-1, 150 pounds, he'll attend UMBC on a Presidential scholarship.

Ben Dougherty, Glenelg: He scored 47 goals and had 12 assists and 111 ground balls. His best game was a four-goal effort against River Hill. Dougherty also won 31 of 48 faceoffs for a 65 percent mark. The 5-11, 160-pound junior midfielder is a good defensive player as well.

Joe Hamilton, Long Reach: The 6-1, 180-pounder is headed to Randolph-Macon to play football. He had 83 ground balls. The second-year player had his best game against River Hill when he held Scott Kenworthy to one goal and two assists, while getting 10 ground balls and 12 takeaways.

Steve Jefferson, Wilde Lake: A repeat first-team All-County selection, the 6-2, 205-pounder had 129 ground balls and captained the zone defense. He said his best game was against River Hill. He'll attend Salisbury State.

Scott Kenworthy, River Hill: A four-time, first-team All-County selection with a 4.0 GPA, he was selected an Academic All-American by the NILA, concluding one of the most prolific offensive careers of any county player with 133 career goals and 254 assists. This season he scored career highs with 42 goals and 79 assists. The 6-0, 160-pounder had 63 ground balls and was involved in 50 percent of his team's goals. A three-year team captain, Kenworthy will attend Yale.

Jon Machiran, Mount Hebron: A strong offensive and defensive workhorse-type player, he scored 35 goals and had 26 assists and won 60 percent of his faceoffs. His best offensive game was a four-goal output against Centennial in the playoffs. He was second-team All-County last season. The 5-10, 170-pound midfielder will attend Towson University.

Kevin McGrath, Mount Hebron: He covered the opposing team's best attackman. The 6-1, 170-pound senior's best game was a league contest against Centennial in which he shut out his attackman and plagued the Eagles with numerous takeaways. A 4.0 student with a 1400 SAT, he'll attend the University of Virginia.

Zach McQuigg, Glenelg: He scored 41 goals and had 50 assists and 103 ground balls. A repeat first-team All-County choice who was second-team his sophomore year, the 6-3, 200-pounder produced his best game with a three-goal, two-assist effort to help defeat Queen Anne's in the state semifinals. The All-County football quarterback, who holds the county career passing yardage record, will attend Washington and Lee.

Andy Murray, Centennial: An NILA All-American, he scored 39 goals and had 24 assists and 150 ground balls, but also set a school record by winning 73.9 percent (122-for-165) of his faceoffs. The 5-10, 150-pound midfielder's best game was a five-goal, one-assist effort against River Hill. He'll attend Salisbury State.

Mike Selawski, Mount Hebron: The 6-4, 180-pound left-hander scored 46 goals and had 26 assists while earning his second straight first-team selection. His best game was a six-goal, three-assist performance against Catonsville in the regional playoffs.

Dan Valente, Mount Hebron: A repeat first-team All-County choice, he had 166 saves (71 percent), some of them sensational, was a team leader and highly athletic. "He was the second-best player on our team, and is one of the top three or four returning goalies in the area for next year," said Vikings coach Jeff Doolan. The 5-10, 150-pound junior's best game was in the playoffs against Centennial when he made 15 saves, many of them on tight shots.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 2000 All-Howard County boys and girls lacrosse teams were selected by Rick Belz and Stan Rappaport, respectively, after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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