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November 26, 2003

BOYS CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Patrick Healey

Calvert Hall

The midfielder's balance is told in his statistics as a four-year starter: 32 goals and 31 assists, ending this season with 12 goals and 12 assists. Healey also showed the leadership that earned him All-Metro honors last fall and lifted the Cardinals to a second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title. In the tournament, he scored once in a 2-1 quarterfinal win over Archbishop Spalding, had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 semifinal upset of then-No. 1 Archbishop Curley, and earned a goal and an assist in the 2-1 title-game win over McDonogh.

Jeff Routh

Towson

Over the past two seasons with Routh at center midfield, the Generals have gone 31-3-4 with two regional crowns and berths in the Class 2A and 3A state finals. Despite heavy marking, Routh, a capable scorer with his feet or his head, scored 21 goals and assisted on seven others to lead the Generals to a share of the 3A state title with River Hill. The four-year starter had three goals in an 8-2 semifinal win over last year's 2A champion, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and two more in a 3-1 regional-title win over Patapsco.

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR

Randy Dase

Towson

The 14th-year coach led the Generals to a 16-1-2 record and their first state title - the 3A version - in four title-game berths under Dase. The Generals, 2A state runners-up last fall, excelled despite moving up in class to a Baltimore County 4A-3A Division that included past state runners-up Perry Hall and Dulaney and four other teams that were ranked at some point. Dase, 49, also has coached eight lacrosse state champions.

Gary Schneehagen

Kenwood

The second-year coach took a team that hadn't won a playoff game in 30 seasons to the 4A state championship with a 1-0 overtime win over Old Mill. After enduring a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2), Schneehagen used the "no respect" slogan to motivate the Bluebirds (10-6-2) to five straight playoff wins - the last three being shutouts by a combined 5-0 over Thomas Johnson, Walter Johnson and Old Mill to clinch the school's first state title.

FIRST TEAM

Matt Beckman

McDonogh

The junior defender followed up on last year's All-Metro season by leading the Eagles to their second straight runner-up finish in the MIAA A Conference. A member of the summertime, national champion under-17 Casa Mia Bays, he scored five game-winning goals.

Ryan Callinan

Calvert Hall

The versatile senior midfielder had six goals and 11 assists as a catalyst in the Cardinals' second straight MIAA A Conference title run. The repeat All-Metro player has drawn interest from UMBC and Loyola.

Matt Curran

Loyola

Simply a brilliant finisher, this senior forward was the leader of a squad that finished 17-2-2 and reached the MIAA A Conference semifinals. He scored 17 goals and added two assists.

Kenny Dotter

Sparrows Point

This gutsy finisher had 31 goals and six assists to lead the Pointers (14-2) to a 14-game winning streak. He scored three times in a 3-2 victory over two-time, defending Baltimore County champion Eastern Tech, and two goals in the 3-0 county-title win over Patapsco.

Akira Fitzgerald

Loyola

The sophomore's poise, concentration and acrobatic skill anchored the Dons to a school-record 17 wins and seven shutouts. Fitzgerald's save ratio was a sizzling 91 percent.

Shawn Houseknecht

Archbishop Curley

The junior striker scored 13 goals and assisted on 15 others to lead Curley through an unbeaten regular season and a 22-1-2 overall record. House- knecht played the last four games with a cast on a broken wrist.

T.J. Jager

Loch Raven

The junior sweeper scored 11 goals and assisted on 17 others, while anchoring a defense that recorded eight shutouts, helping Loch Raven reach the state semifinals for the first time since 1980.

Dan Jones

Patapsco

The sure-footed senior sweeper anchored the Patriots to county and regional runner-up finishes, this after moving from center midfield.

Justin Lichtfuss

McDonogh

After missing last season with a broken foot, the junior central defender anchored the Eagles to a runner-up finish in the MIAA A Conference tournament.

Bryan Moffa

Eastern Tech

The senior midfielder scored 18 goals, assisted on 11 others and led the Mavericks to the 2A state semifinals. He finished his career with 48 goals and 21 assists.

Josh Taylor

Archbishop Curley

Called "our MVP" by coach Barry Stitz, the third-year starting junior anchored the Friars to 10 shutouts. Torn knee ligaments forced the defender to the sideline for the final three games.

Drew Yates

Archbishop Curley

The sophomore center midfielder finished with 10 goals and assisted on 16 others.

Tyler Zentz

Towson

The junior striker was credited with his biggest goal of the year - and his 14th of the season - in securing a 1-1 tie for the 3A state title with River Hill.

THE BOYS TEAMS

Co-Players of the Year: Patrick Healey, Calvert Hall; Jeff Routh, Towson

Co-Coaches of the Year: Randy Dase, Towson; Gary Schneehagen, Kenwood

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