Harford County

Boy Lacrosse

March 21, 2001|By JEFF ZREBIEC

It was the marquee matchup in Harford County lacrosse last year, and things will probably not change much this year.

Fallston and C. Milton Wright waged war several times last season. The Cougars ousted the Mustangs in the country tournament, but C. Milton returned the favor in the regionals.

The two teams will renew acquaintances this year as Fallston's vaunted offensive attack will go head-to-head with Wright's traditionally superb defense.

Fallston features one of the top offensive duos in the state in senior Matt Bosse (42 goals) and junior Steve Mull (17 goals, 43 assists). Matt Parks' team, which also faces Towson, Pikesville, Hereford and Loyola this season, returns five other starters, including seniors Brian Bradford (Salisbury State), Matt Warfield and Chris Jans.

Junior defenders Tim Neary and Chris Heier will anchor the defense.

C. Milton Wright does not return as many starters as the Cougars, and coach Andrew Gerard must find players to replace six key seniors who graduated. While depth is an issue, there are no question marks on the Mustangs' defense, which will be anchored by one of the top close defenders in the country in Brad Bonovich.

Senior All-County midfielder Jeff Rominski is a huge weapon offensively for the Mustangs.

It might not be a good idea to count out North Harford (11-4). John Grubb will need young players to step up, especially in goal, but senior defenders Matt Edie, Mike Bedsaul and Charlie Martin are capable.

Aberdeen is looking to establish itself in the middle of the county pack. Four of five defenders return as does senior goalie Greg Capecci, though Michael O'Brien's team lacks a major threat offensively. Senior attacker Barry Hewitt and midfielder Justin Griffey will be goal-scoring threats.

It will be a rebuilding year for Bel Air, according to coach Colin Carr, who will start three freshmen. The Bobcats' success will hinge on their performances in close games, along with the play of seniors Bryan Michalak, Bryan Lopes and Zach Howard.

Close defense and goalie Manu Kuppalli are the strengths of Edgewood. First-team All-County defender Trey Bailey, senior Matt Pietrowski and face-off man Matt Gaines will also play major roles.

Harford Tech (12-3) may see its win total drop after losing six seniors to graduation, and four other starters to eligibility requirements. Junior Mick McCulloh is solid innet.

Blane Miller and Phil Powell are looking to turn around the Havre de Grace program, which did not field a varsity team last season. Miller says that despite low numbers, the Warriors are talented enough to surprise some people. Defender Dave Watson will be the team leader.

Joppatowne is a more skilled and disciplined team, and second-year coach Alec Shipley thinks that with seven returning starters, .500 is an attainable goal.

John Carroll and new coach Keith Hinder will try to qualify for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference playoffs. The Patriots return four starters, including senior attackmen Brad Haller, senior midfielder Jamie Romano, senior defender Matt Black and junior goalie Brendan Smith.

Players to watch

Matt Bosse

(Fallston, senior, attacker)

St. Mary's-bound player is a handful for defenses

Steve Mull

(Fallston, junior, attacker)

Playmaking ability perfect complement to Bosse's game

Jeff Rominski

(C.M. Wright, senior, midfielder)

All-County performer has a cannon

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