All-anne Arundel County

June 04, 2008

Boys lacrosse

Player of the Year Joe Bonanni St. Mary's

Bonanni, a four-year starter, did it all for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference quarterfinalist. "He played wings on faceoffs, played close defense, played a pole if we needed, too," St. Mary's coach Matt Hogan said. "He did all those things for us this year without questions."

The Ohio State-bound defender also scooped 58 ground balls while covering the best offensive player from the opposing team every game. He was selected to the Under-Armour All-America team and is a two-time first-team All-Metro selection.

Coach of the Year Zack Burke Archbishop Spalding

This was Burke's first year as Archbishop Spalding's head coach, but it didn't take long for him to leave his stamp on the program. He led the Cavaliers to their first playoff appearance since joining the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference in 2003 and to five conference wins after just one a year ago.

More importantly, he laid the foundation for a program that aims to get better each year. "Everyone's going to push each other to be better now that we know we can win," Burke said. "We're getting a lot more recruits and have a lot of guys that want to play for us now."

The team

Name School CL P

Matt Burke Arch. Spalding Jr. A

Sam Jones Severna Park Jr. A

Stevie Kirkup Severn Jr. A

Matt Lamon St. Mary's Sr. A

David Balinsky South River Jr. M

Kevin Cooper Arch. Spalding Jr. M

Rich May Arch. Spalding Sr. M

Sean Price Severna Park Jr. M

Joe Bonanni St. Mary's Sr. D

Tim Shaeffer Annapolis Sr. D

Mark Staines Severn Sr. D

Evan Danahy Arundel Sr. G

Note: Team selected by Stefen Lovelace after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Girls lacrosse

Player of the Year Julie Gardner Severna Park

At the center of everything for a Falcons team that road a 40-game win streak to its second straight Class 4A-3A state championship, Gardner took on a more defensive role this season and never skipped a beat. She usually marked the opposition's top midfielder and she still ranked among the Falcons' top scorers, with 52 goals and 23 assists.

A key to the transition game, Gardner also came up big on draw controls and with ground balls. Her great work ethic helped her improve an already strong game and earn Player of the Year honors for a second straight time.

Coach of the Year Moira Leavitt Archbishop Spalding

In her first season with the Cavaliers, Leavitt took a 5-13 team last season and turned it into a 13-6 team that was a contender in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. In the two previous years, the No. 9 Cavaliers had gone 0-24 against A Conference foes.

Leavitt, a former Navy club coach, gambled with a lot of changes, and the Cavaliers went 7-5 in the conference regular season. Leavitt taught the Cavaliers various defenses, including a zone that proved effective. She also shook up the attack to take advantage of their depth of talent.

The team

Name School CL P

Caroline Cochran St. Mary's Sr. A

Alex Priddy Severn Sr. A

Allison Behringer Severna Park Sr. M

Jen Fox St. Mary's Sr. M

Julie Gardner Severna Park Sr. M

Brooke Griffin South River So. M

Karri Ellen Johnson Broadneck Sr. M

Katie Kirk Arch. Spalding Sr. M

Josie Owen Severn Sr. M

Hayley Rausch Severna Park Sr. M

Lelan Bailey Severna Park Jr. D

Kelsey Hughes Severn Sr. D

Morgan O'Brien Broadneck Sr. D

Cosette Larash Arch. Spalding Jr. G

Note: Team selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Baseball Player of the Year

Jason Patten Archbishop Spalding

Patten's outstanding work on the mound and in center field helped the No. 2 Cavaliers to a 28-8 season.

The senior right-hander went 7-1 with four saves and a 1.50 ERA as the ace of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference runner-up to No. 1 Calvert Hall. His only loss was to the Cardinals in April.

Patten struck out 79 in 58 innings and had the county's first perfect game in 14 years as well as two shutouts. His six-inning perfect game came against one of the metro area's top-hitting teams in St. Paul's.

When not pitching, Patten, who will attend Radford, was one of the top defensive outfielders in the area. He batted .290.

Coach of the Year Ken B. Dunn South River

After going 9-13 in 2007, Dunn guided the Seahawks to a 16-8 record and No. 4 ranking in The Sun's final poll. He led the Seahawks to their first regional title in 25 years in his 31st season.

South River won the Class 4A East regional at Leonardtown, 2-0, in 10 innings, to gain a berth in the state semifinals. The Seahawks' season ended there in an 8-6 loss to No. 3 C. Milton Wright in eight innings.

Dunn did a good job delegating authority to his coaching staff and handled his pitchers well, with junior Eric Aumann emerging as one of the metro area's best. The team

Name School CL P

Eric Aumann South River Jr. P

Brady Feigl Old Mill Sr. P

John Hodges Northeast Sr. P

Jason Patten Arch. Spalding Sr. P

Eddie Palmer Arch. Spalding Jr. C

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