Britts set for coaching faceoff

Forest Park's Robert faces test across field from Carver's Paul


Boys Lacrosse

High schools

Spring preview

March 21, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

March 28 is marked on the calendar of Forest Park coach Robert Britt: It's the day he hopes to deliver a spanking upon his younger brother, Carver coach Paul Britt.

"We didn't play an official game against each other last year, but we scrimmaged and they won," said Robert, who played for Obie Barnes at Forest Park before graduating in 1985 and whose brother Paul played at Forest Park until graduating in '88. "I'm sure his team will be ready to play, as will mine."

Robert, 35, is in his second coaching season, replacing his former coach, who retired. Paul, 32, graduated nine players from a squad that went 10-2 and finished third in the A Division, while Robert, whose team rises to the A Division, returns eight starters from a team that went 13-2 and won the B Division.

Robert is 3-0 against Paul, having beaten him three straight years as an assistant junior varsity football coach at Douglass while Paul assisted at Carver.

Name game

Dundalk's top three players, all midfielders, are Nick Trionfo, Nick Smith and Nick Jankowski. Douglass' lacrosse coach is John L. Robinson, and its baseball coach, who is not related, goes by John Robinson Jr.

Too close for comfort

The Baltimore-Washington-area rivalry between Loyola and Landon, won by the latter by a combined five goals in the past three meetings, will take a hiatus for at least this season.

Loyola is coached by Jack Crawford, in his first year after having replaced John Tucker, the Dons' athletic director. Crawford developed a strong friendship with Landon's Rob Bordley as his assistant for 11 years.

"We had a game scheduled, but Rob Bordley said he didn't feel comfortable playing us because of his relationship with Jack," said Tucker, who hired Crawford and is his offensive coordinator.

"[Landon] was my first job as a teacher and a coach, and it's where I first learned coaching from an organizational and philosophical standpoint," said Crawford. "[The MIAA] is a long season, and you can't get overly emotional about any one game. People want to know how detached you could have been emotionally, and frankly, for me, that wouldn't have been an issue."

Landon went 20-0 last season and finished as the nation's No. 1 high school team, but its 38-game winning streak ended on March 14 against Severn.

Dulaney's dominance

Three-time 4A-3A champ Dulaney is 44-7 over the past three seasons under 24th-year coach Gary Schreiber. The string includes a 43-1 record against public schools. Since an 8-7 loss to Fallston in 2001, Dulaney has won 26 consecutive games against public schools. Baltimore County teams are 0-29 against the Lions in three seasons.

End of an era?

With four from Broadneck, two from Annapolis and one each from Arundel and Severna Park, Anne Arundel County had won eight straight 4A-3A crowns, the last by Severna Park in 1999.

But over the past three seasons, the county is 0-7 in state title games. Dulaney has beaten Severna Park, Arundel and Severna Park, in order, for its past three 4A-3A titles. Additionally, Southern of Anne Arundel has lost to Baltimore County's Pikesville and Howard County's Centennial in the past two 2A-1A championships, while South River and Annapolis have lost the 3A-2A title games to Fallston of Harford County and Mount Hebron of Howard County.

New turf

Construction of an artificial turf field at St. Paul's to be used by its boys lacrosse, football and soccer teams is set to begin on May 12, Crusaders lacrosse coach Mitch Whiteley said.

The stadium field is expected to be completed in the fall, making St. Paul's only the second Maryland high school to have an artificial surface on its campus. Greenway Stadium of Fort Hill High in Cumberland is the only high school presently using an artificial turf field.

The project will cost $3 million, said Whiteley, who is also an assistant principal at St. Paul's.

From mats to lax

Centennial's Nakasone twins, Mark and Dave, will go from being individual 2A-1A wrestling state champs this past winter to playing for the defending 2A-1A boys lacrosse state champs.

Dave Nakasone, a two-time state champion who competed at 152 pounds, is the Eagles' faceoff specialist, and Mark, a one-time state champ who competed at 145 pounds, is the team's goalie. Combined, they had a record of 71-0 this past winter.

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