Baltimore County

Boys Lacrosse

March 21, 2001|By Lem Satterfield

One of them leads St. Paul's, perhaps Maryland's most balanced private school team this year and a favorite to dethrone Gilman, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion. The other leads Class 4A-3A champion Dulaney, maybe the state's No. 1 public school.

All-Metro players Jack deVilliers of St. Paul's and Bryant Will of Dulaney will be heavily watched and heavily guarded all season long. And when these programs start to take off, you can believe it was initiated by them. If not, it won't happen at all.

Division I could be the most difficult in the A Conference, with Loyola, Mount St. Joseph, McDonogh, Severn and St. Paul's, but Division II isn't far behind with defending champion Gilman, runner-up Boys' Latin, Calvert Hall, Friends and St. Mary's.

In Division I, Virginia-bound deVilliers leads St. Paul's (11-3), a semifinal loser to Boys' Latin, along with Virginia-bound attackman Brendan Gill; All-City/County defender Charlie Conklin (bound for North Carolina); and Pennsylvania-bound midfielder Reed Bouchelle. Midfielders Scott Doyle (Delaware) and Tim Reid (Harvard), and keeper Tyler Tracy (Towson University) are among 11 Crusaders who are committed to Division I programs.

Second-team All-City/County keeper Trae Rodgers is among 10 returning starters to a balanced Loyola team (13-6), along with midfielders J. G. Guidera (Princeton); Clipper Lennon (Navy); Mike Alfone (Loyola College); defender Tim Sullivan (Princeton); and attackmen Andy White (Ohio State) and junior Phil Grillo.

McDonogh (13-10) returns towers of firepower on attack, with 6-foot-5 junior Joe Benson; 6-3 Jed Prossner (North Carolina); and 5-10 Pat Shek (Loyola). The Eagles could be tough in transition with fiery faceoff man Andrew Bond, flanked by midfielders Ed Dolch and Travis Holmes.

In Division II, the Boys' Latin's strength will be defense and midfield with second-team All-City/County player J. J. LaSeta and Mitch Hendler (Navy) in the back; Mike Cheek (Towson University); Chris Conkling (Dennison); Mike Laird (Loyola); and Will Shearer (Notre Dame). On attack, Colorado native Blake O'Shaughnessy will be joined by Ian Loizeaux and Bobby Griebe, who were the JV top scorers.

Calvert Hall (10-7) isn't a star-studded group, but the Cardinals are not also-rans. Defenders Bill Quinlan (Drexel), Alex Edwards (Widener) and Matt Stanley (Gettysburg); midfielders Tom Randisi (Ohio State), Scott Kraus (Towson University) and Zach Mryncza; and goalie Craig Thomas (Harvard) will lead the team.

In Baltimore County's Division I, North Carolina-bound Bryant Will -- who is considered Maryland's No. 1 player and the nation's No. 2 midfield recruit by Inside Lacrosse Magazine -- is among six returning starters for defending 4A-3A champion Dulaney (15-2).

Attackmen Mike Obringer, Ryan Glaezer and Jon Spivey; defenders Pete Sclafani and Zac Jungers; and goalie Phil Reed are back. Gilman transfer Matt Bruns (defense) and sophomore attackman Kyle Batton add balance to a nice team.

Pikesville (10-4) returns 11 starters from a team that twice lost in overtime to eventual 2A-1A champion Hereford. Duke-bound defender David Misler; Delaware-bound attackman Andrew Schwartzman; and atttackman Corey Williams lead the way.

First-year coach Carl Runk arrives at Hereford (15-3) with only two returning starters. Attackmen David Cox, Adam Larrimore, Eric Kiser and Aaron McKeegan give Runk reason to be optimistic in a difficult league.

Towson (8-4) will again be right in the mix, with the return of goalie Andy Posil; attackmen Jack Carey and Sean Scott; defender Dan McMenamin; and midfielder Nick Williams.

Eastern Tech (7-5) has midfielders Matt Cougle, Bryan Knight and Powell Cuchella, along with attackman Brad Newell and defender Mike Ferger. They form "a spirited, hard working group," said coach Barry Heddings.

With nine starters back -- attackmen Andy Schuster and Nate Montanye; midfielders Chris Borcik, Matt Bosley and Kevin Hebbel; defenders Nick Funk, Kyle Headley, Matt Cutair; and keepers Steven Brown and Matt Schuster -- Franklin (6-9) won't be a pushover.

Catonsville (3-11) looks to improve behind eight returnees and one transfer. It has a balanced defense with Matt Hook (goalie); defenders P. J. Schafer, Christian Henderson and River Hill transfer Chris Rosas; midfielders Brent Burton, Jesse Noppenberger and Mark Wiest; and attackmen Dan Gately and Andrew Rellihan.

Perry Hall (2-10) has a senior-laden squad bent on improvement. Midfielders Mark McKew, Jason Sterner and Garrett Burrill; defenders Justin Schaub and Andy Wasmer; attackman Brandon Glass; and goalie Brent Moorfield show potential.

Loch Raven (4-8) has four starters back -- keeper Ricky Koller; midfielders Bucky Harris and Blake Mobley; and attackman Paul White -- and hopes to reach the .500 mark.

In Division II, Parkville (12-5) could be the team to beat with eight starters back.

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