Carroll County

Boys Lacrosse

March 21, 2001|By Rick Belz

Not much changes in Carroll County boys lacrosse. Westminster, Liberty and South Carroll shared the county title last season, and the county race figures to be competitive again with the Owls as slight favorites.

One change involves the state classifications. Three state champions will be awarded this season instead of two, and Westminster will be the sole county member of the newly created Class 4A-3A. South Carroll, Liberty and North Carroll will be in the 3A-2A classification. And Francis Scott Key is 2A-1A.

Westminster is excited about the return of midfielder Jason Holman, who played last season at Boys' Latin after two seasons at Westminster. All-County midfielder Doug Dietz (17 goals, 10 assists) also returns at midfield where Westminster has a wealth of talent. Brian Roche, another Division I recruit, leads a strong defense that graduated just one player. Coach Jim Peters' Owls lack experience on attack. Sophomore goalkeeper J. C. Hutchins was Most Valuable Player at a University of Maryland summer lacrosse camp.

South Carroll was hit hard by graduation, losing three players to Division I schools and three to Western Maryland College. The Cavs return six players who had lots of action, however. Junior attackman John Williams started last season, as did fellow attackman Anthony Restivo.

Liberty returns five starters and its three leading scorers, including three attackmen: Mark Donahue; Steve Freedman (37, seven); and Chuck Henn (19, 14). Coach Sal Picataggi's Lions have a lot of quickness on defense, especially Tim Sheets.

North Carroll returns nine starters from a 7-5 team, including All-County goalkeeper Kyle Lettau, and four midfielders: Kevin Sirman; Don Swecker; Ryan Wilkerson; and Russell Portney. The Panthers have a new coach, John Piper.

Francis Scott Key is hoping for a strong defense with 6-foot-2 Eric DeCarlo, 6-1 Dustin Wiles and 5-10 Jamie Tippitt. The Eagles, who finished last in the county, return four starters, including sophomore goalie Kevin Vanderlinden and three veteran midfielders.

Players to watch

Mark Donahue

(Liberty, senior, attack)

Scored 32 goals, 38 assists last season

Jason Holman

(Westminster, senior, midfield)

Division I recruit played at Boys' Latin last season

Kyle Lettau

(North Carroll, senior, goalkeeper)

All-County performer returns.

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