2000 All-Anne Arundel County boys lacrosse teams

High Schools


Player of the Year

Tillman Johnson, St. Mary's: Only the third goalie to be named Anne Arundel Player of the Year since the award began in 1980 and the eighth Saint overall, the Virginia-bound Johnson, who is expected to play right away for the Cavaliers, is in the words of outgoing, veteran coach Jim Moorhead "the best in the country." Strength, quickness and the instinctive reactions are the 6-foot-2 and 180-pound Johnson's greatest assets. "Pressure doesn't bother him," said Moorhead. "His saves are often unorthodox [blocks shots with hands, feet, legs, whatever part of his body is nearest]. So many were spectacular and kept us in games." Johnson, who drew praise from MIAA A Conference coaches all season, rejected over 80 percent of the shots that came his way. "I know the Severna Park players never faced anyone quite like Tillman," said Moorhead, whose Saints dismantled the state public school runner-up Falcons, 8-2, with Johnson turning back 20 shots in an atypical performance.

Coach of the Year

Walt Blahut, Archbishop Spalding: The last time a Spalding coach was named Coach of the Year was in 1988 when Bob Abend led the Cavaliers to the MIAA B Conference final, losing 8-7 to John Carroll. Some 12 years later, Blahut led the Cavs to a 10-7 victory over Annapolis Area Christian School for the "B" title, the school's first. Blahut lifted the Cavs from last place (5-17 overall), with an average of seven goals a game and 11 given up in 1999 to the top with a school-record 14 wins (14-5) on 10 goals scored and seven yielded per game in his second season. Getting his players "to believe they could win, instead of waiting to lose," Blahut masterfully blended 10 sophomores including second team All-County attack Derek Platt with his upperclassmen. "We got a wake-up call at mid-season losing to AACS by 16-5," said Blahut. "Our players had gotten a little complacent and we had some injuries, but after that loss, we became a different team." Spalding beat John Carroll for the first time, 10-7, avenged the loss to AACS with a 12-10 decision in the regular season and followed that up with the title-game victory over the Eagles.

The first team

Jerry Cornett, Severna Park: Cornett, an attackman who will join his brother Josh, a '98 All-County midfielder, at Towson Universiy in the fall, had 49 goals and 22 assists for 71 points and 98 ground balls for the Class 4A-3A state finalist Falcons (18-3). Exceptional speed and stick skills with both hands made Cornett very dangerous on rides. "Jerry can also play midfield and knows how to finish," said coach Mike Bellotte.

Bret McConnaughhay, Annapolis: The only first team attack and one of five overall to repeat, McConnaughhay capped a prolific three-year career with 89 points on 45 goals and 44 assists for the county champion Panthers (16-3). The Gettysburg-bound attackman won .705 percent of his faceoffs (93-39) this season and his wicked shot produced 106 career goals with 81 assists for 187 points.

Justin Mullen, St. Mary's: Another outstanding player in the long line of Mullens to star for the Saints, the senior attackman was a main cog in the team's well-balanced offense with 22 goals and 11 assists. Headed to Virginia with two other All-County teammates, Mullen's good-decision shots, unselfish play and leadership enabled the Saints (10-7) to advance to the MIAA A Conference semifinals.

David Wooster, Annapolis: The senior attackman broke the Panthers' single-season school record of 100 points (55 goals, 45 assists) by '94 Player of the Year and All-Metro attack Taylor Boone. Wooster finished with 101 points on 64 goals and 37 assists. A lefty with firepower, Wooster, who is undecided on college, had 159 points in his career on 92 goals and 67 assists.

Mac Chase, Severna Park: Called "lightning quick" by his coach Mike Bellotte, the senior midfielder was one of the county's most feared offensive players. Chase, who had 39 goals and 20 assists and 62 ground balls, had the ability to take over a game as he did with seven goals in a 14-9 victory over Annapolis. Chase will play at UMBC.

Paul Gillette, Severna Park: A complete midfielder, Gillette scored 26 goals and led the Falcons in assists (60), total points (86) and ground balls despite not facing off. Headed to the University of Maryland, Gillette, an All-County defensive back in football, in the words of coach Bellotte is "a solid defensive player and explosive offensive player."

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