Player of the Year
For field sense and vision, second effort, off-ball movement and even riding ability, there was no better player in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, or perhaps no better senior in the nation, than the Princeton-bound Boyle. A three-time All-Metro selection, Boyle led Gilman to its second MIAA A Conference title since his sophomore season. He scored 36 goals and assisted on 44 others to raise his four-year numbers to 131 goals and 127 assists. Although often drawing the best defenders from opposing teams, Boyle was still able to run the show for the Greyhounds, taking advantage of the talent around him "to do what's best for the team," coach Dave Allan said. The 4.0 student came through best in the Greyhounds' last two games against Loyola and Boys' Latin, with a combined seven goals and four assists. Boyle, who beat Boys' Latin's Matt O'Malley on one move to the goal in the title game, also ranked among the team's ground-ball leaders with nearly 100. A two-time All-Metro quarterback who led Gilman to two A Conference crowns and a 21-game winning streak in football, Boyle will play that sport and lacrosse in college.
Coach of the Year
The 54-year-old coach nearly didn't return for this, his 21st season. But after leading the Lions to a 16-2 record and their third state title in his tenure -- the first since consecutive crowns in 1990 and '91 -- he is glad that he did. He also has vowed to stay on for at least one more season. Having graduated his entire defense from the previous season's squad, which lost to eventual state champ Severna Park in the state semifinals, Schreiber was left with a youthful team that started four seniors. Yet this group gelled under the instruction of Schreiber and assistants Dick Cromwell, Rich Welsh and Bo Duval, blowing away Baltimore County competition -- including 3A-2A-1A state champ Hereford, 17-5. Dulaney dethroned Severna Park, 10-8, even though the Falcons returned eight starters from last season. The win ended Anne Arundel County's eight-year hold on the 4A-3A state crown. "The underclassmen had an unselfish style of play that makes coaching enjoyable," said Schreiber. Unranked at the season's outset, Dulaney finished as the area's highest-ranked public school team at No. 7.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior scored six goals, assisted on 22 others, scooped a team-high 153 ground balls and displayed unusual speed and versatility for a defender in leading the Bulls (15-3) to the 3A-2A-1A state title. Bound for Penn State, Bateman had four game-winning goals in Hereford's last five games, and had 10 ground balls in the other while often guarding the opposition's top player out of a matchup zone. Bateman was a C. Markland Kelly Award finalist -- an honor bestowed upon the player deemed the best among small schools. Bateman did it all in the Bulls championship victory over Glenelg, scoring twice, running first midfield, playing on the faceoff wings, playing man-down defense and man-up offense.
DeVilliers' faceoff prowess (he won 70 percent) made the fleet-footed 6-1, 165-pound middie one of the nation's best at his craft and one of the MIAA's most dangerous players. DeVilliers, already committed to Virginia, also ran first midfield and scored 19 goals to go with 18 assists. His value became apparent as a sophomore, when his presence led to a season-opening victory over Landon -- the Bears' only loss of the year -- before an ankle injury forced the premature end to his season. The Crusaders spiraled toward a disappointing finish. DeVilliers endurance was demonstrated in a 9-8 overtime victory over Boys Latin. In that game, deVilliers won 11 of the 14 faceoffs and scored a crucial goal.
LaMonica scored 49 goals and assisted on 56 others, raising his career totals to 116 goals and 169 assists (a school-record 285 points). Including his 17 each in goals and assists as a Calvert Hall freshman, the Maryland-bound LaMonica has 319 career points. An All-American, a repeat All-Metro pick and the youngest player to make last summer's U.S. under-19 team, LaMonica was chosen the league's outstanding player by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse, and is a C. Markland Kelly Award finalist for private schools. Perhaps his most dominating effort came during a game against Gilman, when he had two goals and five assists in a 9-6 upset of the Greyhounds.