Boys Lacrosse

Varsity Spring Preview

March 14, 2007

THE POLL

1. Boys' Latin

Last season: 21-0, ranked No. 1

The defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Lakers return defensemen Charlie McComas and Alex Lyons, goalkeeper Jacob Hagelin and midfielder Kevin Moriarty to a program that has suffered two losses (both by one goal) in its past 42 games.

2. St. Paul's

Last season: 16-5, No. 6

The MIAA A Conference contender is led by defensemen Tyler Boykin and Scott Matthews, goalkeeper Stu Wheeler (.712 save percentage), attackman Cliff Larkin (26 goals, 27 assists) and midfielder Chris Clements (17 goals, 23 assists, 87 ground balls).

3. Loyola

Last season: 14-5, No. 4

Midfielder Tim Donovan (21 goals, three assists) leads a talented group looking to dethrone Boys' Latin in the MIAA A Conference.

4. McDonogh

Last season: 15-5, No. 2

KC Woods anchors the defense, and Brad Zink (17 goals, 13 assists), Kyle James and Curts Holmes lead a talented midfield.

5. St. Mary's

Last season: 8-8, No. 13

Attackmen Rhett DePol (24 goals, 17 assists) and Darren Pastrana (24 goals), faceoff midfielder J.P. Dalton and defensemen Joe Bonanni and Jason Gonos lead a team that barely missed last year's MIAA A Conference playoffs.

6. Gilman

Last season: 12-5, No. 3

The MIAA A Conference semifinalist returns Brown University-bound All-Baltimore City players Matt Chriss (goalkeeper, 116 saves) and Peter Fallon (defenseman).

7. Severn

Last season: 14-10, No. 5

Defenseman Mark Stairs anchors the Admirals, who look to contend in the MIAA A Conference.

8. Severna Park

Last season: 18-2, No. 8

Loyola-bound attackman Eric Lusby (40 goals, 26 assists), goalkeeper Andrew Gvozden and defenseman Bobby Zichelli are back for the defending Class 4A-3A state champ.

9. Calvert Hall

Last season: 9-6, No. 7

Loyola-bound All-County attackman D.J. Comer leads a young squad that could be a factor in the MIAA A Conference.

10. Dulaney

Last season: 16-4, No. 10

The Lions hope to ride faceoff midfielder Nik Davis (22 goals, 16 assists), midfielder Brad Ruzieka (18, 8) and attackman Jeff Santo (16, 6) back to the 4A-3A playoffs.

11. Broadneck

Last season: 14-3, No. 12

Goalkeeper Pat Simpson, defenseman Collin Tokosh and attackman Bob Jeter (28 goals, 13 assists) lead the Anne Arundel County contender.

12. Glenelg

Last season: 14-2, unranked

Slick attackman Chris Gotschall, goalkeeper Jon Selfridge and defensemen Andy Curley and Nick Lawson pace the defending Howard County champ.

13. South River

Last season: 16-3, No. 11

Midfielders Scott LaRue and Tommy McKnew, defenseman Shane Hall and attackman Charles Cronin should have the Seahawks soaring in Anne Arundel.

14. Mount Hebron

Last season: 16-4, No. 15

The defending 3A-2A state champ has attackman Bobby Cooke (40 goals, 15 assists), midfielder Justin Martinelli (24, 22) and goakeeper Billy McNamara back.

15. Annapolis

Last season: 11-4, unranked

The Panthers return nine starters, led by goalkeeper Ben Gourley, defenseman Zack Gassman, midfielder Dawson Rinder and attackman Brian Gehrdes.

Others considered -- Archbishop Curley (10-5, unranked), Centennial (9-7, unranked), Fallston (11-7, unranked), Hereford (10-5, unranked), Liberty (12-4, unranked), Winters Mill (10-4, unranked).

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nick Elsmo

Severn, midfield

The 6-foot, 190-pound senior scored 45 goals and assisted on two others despite constant double- and triple-teams. Elsmo will play at Virginia.

Andrew Feinberg

McDonogh, attack

The Brown University-bound scorer finished with 44 goals and 32 assists. Feinberg, a left-hander, earned second-team All-Metro honors in football last fall as wide receiver.

Tyler Fiorito

McDonogh, goal

The multi-talented junior registered a .683 save percentage for a program looking to reach its third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final, having been dethroned last year by Boys' Latin.

Chris Hunt

Severna Park, attack

The North Carolina-bound senior can score equally with both hands, finishing with 32 goals and 28 assists last season, and looks to lead the Falcons to a second straight Class 4A-3A state title.

Eric Keppeler

Dulaney, midfield

Athletic and versatile, the junior scored 16 goals and assisted on 27 last season. Keppeler, 6 feet and 185 pounds, is being recruited "by a number of schools," said coach Jake Reed.

Travis Reed

Boys' Latin, attack

The Maryland-bound senior has 67 career goals and 22 assists and has been a member of two straight MIAA A Conference championship teams at McDonogh and Boys' Latin.

Steele Stanwick

Loyola, attack

The senior ranked second on last year's team in goals (35) and assists (17), and he is expected to increase those numbers significantly this season.

Jonathan Stumpf

Centennial, midfield

The senior has career totals of 61 goals, 65 assists, 172 ground balls. Last season, Stumpf, who is headed to Lehigh, won 61.2 percent of his faceoffs.

Andrew Walls

Glenelg Country School, defense

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