All - Carroll County Lacross

High School

May 30, 2002

BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Drew Walters

Westminster

The starting center on Westminster's football team was an imposing presence for the Owls' defense. At 5 feet 11, 210 pounds, Walters anchored a defensive unit that allowed just 63 goals in 16 games, helping lead Westminster to a 14-2 mark and titles in both Carroll County and the Central Maryland Conference. The three-year-starter possesses a rare combination of strength - he bench-presses 350 pounds - and stick skills. He consistently shut down some of the area's premier attackmen, including holding Fallston's Steve Mull to just two goals in a regional semifinal loss.

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR

Jim Peters

Westminster

Peters' Westminster team rolled to an unbeaten county (6-0) and Central Maryland Conference (8-0) record, part of the best regular season in school history. Led by one of the metro area's premier defenses, the Owls gave up an average of just 3.9 points a game, and allowed just one team to score as many as 10 against them. Their season ended in the regional semifinals.

Sal Picataggi

Liberty

Picataggi, in his final season at the helm of Liberty before becoming the inaugural coach at Winters Mill, took a sophomore-laden team with little in the way of expectations and guided it to a second-place finish in the CMC. After going 4-9 a year ago, and graduating seven starters, the Lions went 10-5 this season, including wins in their final five regular-season games. In the playoffs, they held eventual 3A-2A state champion Mount Hebron to eight goals, the least scored by the Vikings in any of their five playoff games.

FIRST TEAM

Brad Baer

Westminster

The second-year starter had 28 goals and 19 assists for the Owls, helping them to a 14-2 record that included county and CMC titles. This is the second All-County honor for Baer this school year. In the fall, he took first-team honors as quarterback for Westminster's football team, which finished second in the CMC.

Scott Baker

South Carroll

The vocal leader of South Carroll's defensive unit helped keep opposing attackmen in check all season. With Baker marking the opponent's top scoring threat, no attackman scored more than two goals against the Cavaliers all season, helping the Winfield team to a nine-win season.

Thomas Breakey

North Carroll

The converted attackman put up 38 points for the Panthers, doing the brunt of his damage while stationed near the crease. He was a key factor in North Carroll's 10-4 season, and will continue his career next season with Division II Lees-McRae in North Carolina.

Matt Duke

Westminster

The sophomore routinely showed off the skills that some say will make him a standout in the sport for years to come. He scored 30 goals, including the game-winner at the buzzer against South Carroll, and had 27 assists. He's the fastest player on Westminster's team, and may also possess the best stick skills.

Drew Hebble

South Carroll

Frequently marked after earning All-County honors a year ago for South Carroll, Hebbel still managed to score 18 goals and assist on 14 others for the 9-7 Cavaliers. The senior also consistently came through by winning ground balls and creating havoc all over the field.

Chuck Henn

Liberty

The three-year starter was the offensive field general for the Lions. He used his head as much as his body to find ways to create offense, finishing the season with 25 goals and 36 assists. He was one of the main reasons for Liberty's turnaround this season, from 4-9 to 10-5.

Charlton Hughes

Liberty

Marking the opposing team's top attackman was a chore the Lions' senior welcomed. Hughes rarely got beat, helping Liberty's defense hold opponents to 5.9 goals a game. Buoyed by their defense, the Lions won 10 games and held Class 3A-2A champion Mount Hebron to eight goals, a postseason low.

Jake Kantruss

South Carroll

After working to improve his strength during the off-season, Kantruss wound up second in the county in points, putting up 28 goals and 36 assists. The senior, who will attend Delaware as a walk-on, scored five goals vs. Mt. Hebron in the playoffs.

Denny Kosyjana

South Carroll

The South Carroll netminder stopped over 68 percent of opponents' shots, allowing 5.9 goals a game. His efforts helped keep the Cavaliers in big games against Westminster and Mount Hebron. This was the second straight year of at least 200 saves for Kosyjana.

Jamie Masimore

North Carroll

The Goucher College-signee set a school record for points in a season (74), with 22 goals and 52 assists. He was masterful at feeding teammates on the offensive end, using his great field vision to create passing lanes, even when they seemingly didn't exist. He leaves the Hampstead school No. 2 on its all-time scoring list with 140 points.

Brian Roche

Westminster

Roche teamed with Walters to give Westminster the area's top defensive combination. Using his tremendous stick skills, hand-eye coordination and smarts, the senior consistently thwarted attackmen and intercepted passes in helping the Owls hold opponents to just 3.9 goals a game.

Nick Thurston

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