North fields two winners in lacrosse

High school All-Stars face off over styles

June 19, 2006|By DAVID SELIG | DAVID SELIG,SUN REPORTER

The North officially has bragging rights over the South after winning the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic last night at Johnny Unitas Stadium, but don't think the inaugural showcase has settled much in terms of defining its styles of play.

Loyola High attackman Michael Kimmel explained after the game that the North beat his South boys team, 17-14, by playing "a little more flashy."

But North attackman Craig Dowd - who scored a game-high five goals to win Most Valuable Player honors - didn't agree.

"Nah, I feel like up North we play more physical than down South," he said with a chuckle. "They're the flashy guys."

The game got off to a slow start with some players admitting that participating in the first nationally televised high school lacrosse event made them nervous, but it soon became physical and fast-paced.

The North pulled to an 11-8 lead in the third quarter by scoring three unanswered goals in a span of one minute, six seconds. With the game tied in the fourth, the North went on a five-goal run - in which Dowd scored three times - to pull away.

Despite their varying views on each others' talents, the players seemed to enjoy competing with the best from across the country.

"It was fun getting up and down the field with a lot of those guys from New York," said Kimmel, who scored twice and will play at Johns Hopkins next year. "From our team and the guys from New York, it's like a completely different game. It was pretty cool to bring it all together and see how everybody does it."

And that included some players from non-traditional lacrosse backgrounds.

South midfielder and Dallas native Charley Dickinson brought some Texan flair for the 2,476 in attendance with a behind-the-back bouncer into the cage in the second quarter.

The South tied the game at 12 in the fourth on a goal from attackman Will Yeatman, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound San Diego native who is scheduled to fly out to South Bend, Ind., today to begin classes at Notre Dame, where he'll play for the football team.

"Those kids from Texas [and other places] are good," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, who guided the South. "It just goes to the growth of the game."

The All-America girls' game also began as a showdown between Maryland and New York, as 11 of the first 12 goals came from players from those two states.

Attack-midfielder Traci Landy led the North to a 15-12 win with five goals and an assist, earning retribution against some of the Mid-Atlantic foes that beat her New York squad at the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament.

"We wanted to come back and get some payback when it really mattered," said Landy, who earned the MVP award. "We knew they were loaded with talent, but we were determined from the day we got here."

david.selig@baltsun.com

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