All-metro Boys Lacrosse

June 07, 2006

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brian Farrell

Boys' Latin, defense

At 6 feet 5, 230 pounds, Farrell is an imposing presence on defense and a strong threat on offense. Even as the Maryland-bound senior defender locked down on the rival team's best offensive player or disrupted their half-field setup, Farrell remained capable of generating offense from the defensive end either by splitting opposing defenders or dodging them.

In being named The Sun's All-Metro Player of The Year, Farrell follows in the footsteps of the Lakers' John Glatzel, a member of Boys' Latin's top-ranked, title-winning squad of 1997. Just as Glatzel led the Lakers through an unbeaten season at 17-0, Farrell anchored this year's high-scoring team to a No. 1 ranking and a 21-0 record.

Farrell scored five goals and assisted on 10 while also marking some of the area's top offensive playmakers, as he led the Lakers to their fifth Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title under 27-year coach Bob Shriver. Farrell joins Glatzel and last year's pick, Brennan Kelly of McDonogh, as the only defenders chosen Player of the Year by The Sun during the past decade.

A versatile athlete and a team captain in three sports, Farrell was named to The Sun's All-Metro football team as a wide receiver after catching a metro area-leading 53 passes for 1,091 yards and nine touchdowns to lead the Lakers to a runner-up finish in the MIAA B Conference and the North Division crown. Farrell also averaged nine points, nearly six rebounds and three assists for the Lakers' basketball team.

COACH OF THE YEAR

JIM BEARDMORE

Severna Park

The third-year coach led the Falcons to their third straight Anne Arundel County title, third straight Class 4A-3A East regional crown and second 4A-3A state title in three championship berths. The Falcons dethroned Dulaney, 7-4, for the state crown, avenging last year's overtime loss to the Lions in the state title game. Severna Park went 18-2 and finished with a No. 8 ranking in The Sun - the highest for any metro area public school. It lost only to Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference teams Severn and Calvert Hall.

"This season was a very special one because we had five goals," said Beardmore, 42, a 1982 Severn graduate whose father, Buddy, is among his assistants. "We wanted to get better every game, go undefeated in the county, win the county championship, win every playoff game to get back to the state championship and win the state championship." For added incentive, Beardmore told his team he would cut off his ponytail if it won the state title, which he did.

Beardmore has a 50-8 record at Severna Park, which has won 34 consecutive Anne Arundel County games dating to a loss to Broadneck during his first season. A former All-America goalie at Maryland who stopped more than 70 percent of the shots he faced, Beardmore nurtured Johns Hopkins-bound keeper Mike Gvozden, a two-time All-Metro selection and four-time All-Anne Arundel County pick.

FIRST TEAM

Chris Boland

Boys' Latin, attack

The Johns Hopkins-bound senior completed his three-year career at Boys' Latin as a three-time All-Metro selection and a three-time All-American. Boland scored 36 goals and assisted on 72 this spring, raising his career totals to 130 goals and 170 assists to become the Lakers' all-time leader in career points with 300.

Boland has been a member of two straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference finalists, helping this year's Lakers win the crown with an unbeaten record. With All-Metro junior Travis Reed, whose 67 goals are a single-season school record, and junior Brett Weiss, the trio led the league's most potent offense.

Austin Boykin

St. Paul's, midfield

Bound for Cornell, Boykin scored 43 goals, assisted on 12, won 67 percent of his faceoffs and scooped 117 ground balls. Nicknamed "Iron Man" by coach Rick Brocato, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior played 32 to 40 minutes per game. For the season, Boykin averaged 15 ground balls per game.

In victories over McDonogh and St. Mary's, Boykin scored eight goals and helped the Crusaders dominate on faceoffs. Boykin scored three times in the 12-6 victory over St. Mary's, when the Crusaders won 18 of 21 faceoffs and outscored the Saints 5-0 in the fourth period. Boykin scored four of his five goals in the first half of the 9-6 victory over McDonogh, during which he helped the Crusaders win 13 of 15 draws.

Brian Carroll

Gilman, midfield

A repeat All-Metro performer as well as a repeat Player of The Year in Baltimore City, the senior scooped 75 ground balls and scored 32 goals to go with 17 assists.

Carroll helped the Greyhounds to reach the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals. Carroll, who was named to the Tewaaraton Foundation's Baltimore-Washington regional high school team, is headed to Virginia.

Barney Ehrmann

Gilman, defense

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