2001 All-Carroll County boys lacrosse teams

High Schools

May 31, 2001

Player of the Year

Jason Holman, Westminster: After spending a year at Boys' Latin, Holman returned to Westminster for his senior season, and his impact was immediate. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound midfielder was the field general, controlling tempo and generating scoring chances for the Owls' much-improved attack. He ranked third in the county in scoring with 56 points (27 goals, 29 assists) despite drawing a crowd wherever he went. He has been selected for the Maryland Coaches all-star game, which will be played at UMBC next year. Said one rival coach: "I've seen him do things on the field that you just don't see in Carroll County."

Coach of the Year

John Piper, North Carroll: The strides made by North Carroll in Piper's first season back in charge were never more apparent than in the first round of the regional tournament. In the first round last year, the Panthers were embarrassed by River Hill, 17-0. The teams met again in the first round this year, and Piper's team won convincingly, 15-9. Stressing teamwork instead of individual achievement, Piper guided the Panthers to the county title and a 14-3 record, a healthy improvement over last year's 7-6 mark. A North Carroll alum, Piper previously coached the Panthers in 1996 and 1997 and had been an assistant for the past three years.

First team

Jim Barley, Francis Scott Key: The junior attackman ranked second in the county in goals (37) and third in points (57) in leading the Eagles to their first state tournament appearance. Converted from midfield to attack this year, Barley thrived in transition, proving to be an excellent finisher on the fast break. He had four goals in a regional win over Smithsburg, and scored three times in the Eagles' state semifinal loss to Southern-Anne Arundel.

Mike Crouse, North Carroll: A former All-County football player, Crouse isn't afraid to mix it up in front of the cage. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior defender kept attackmen honest with a firm stick check, and had the quickness to stay with the opposition step for step. He had 38 ground balls and one assist for the county champions.

Eric Decarlo, Francis Scott Key: The junior defender was vital to the Eagles' playoff run, which culminated in their first regional championship. A first-year starter, Decarlo blossomed in the second half of the season. Charged with marking the opposition's top scorer, Decarlo was usually up to the challenge. Solid play by Decarlo was vital to the Eagles' late-season charge through the regionals.

Steve Freedman, Liberty: The senior attackman is a repeat first-team selection after leading Liberty with 34 goals, tied for third best in the county. He had a four-goal game against North Carroll and is a proven finisher, with 71 goals in the past two years. A midseason personnel shake-up cost the Lions one of their top scorers and put more pressure on Freedman, but he maintained his offensive consistency. He will play at Salisbury State next year.

Drew Hebble, South Carroll: The diminutive junior midfielder takes some good-natured ribbing for his size, but he came up big for South Carroll. Just ask Westminster; Hebble had two goals and two assists in a win over Westminster that cost the Owls a share of the county title. Probably the team's fastest player, he moved from midfield to attack late in the season and finished with 17 goals and 16 assists. Hebble made up for last year, when he missed most of the season with a shoulder injury and a concussion.

Kyle Lettau, North Carroll: One of two repeat selection on this year's All-County first team, the senior goalkeeper anchored the Panthers' defense with a .659 save percentage. He demonstrated his abilities as a clutch player with 14 saves in a one-goal win over Westminster. He faced more than 1,000 shots in his career, recording 648 career saves.

Jamie Masimore, North Carroll: The junior developed into one of the county's top attackmen this year, scoring 31 goals. His keen field vision resulted in 35 assists, second most in the county. He had five assists in a 14-7 victory over South Carroll. Panthers coach John Piper said Masimore's unselfish attitude and work ethic typified the North Carroll philosophy this season.

Brian Roche, Westminster: As the Owls' top defenseman, the 6-foot, 215-pound Roche was a physical presence that put the clamps on some of the area's top attackmen. He anchored a defense that did not allow more than nine goals in a game all season. With his considerable stick skills, Roche also could generate offense, as he proved with a coast-to-coast run for the decisive goal in the final minute against North Carroll. The junior has drawn interest from several major college programs.

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