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All-County Boys Lacrosse -- Leopards soar, but Ganley stays grounded

June 21, 2010|By MARK KELLER
  • Zach Eppard, North Hagerstown
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Cullan Ganley is a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, so it's easy for him to compare his lacrosse game to two of the Penguins' biggest stars.

"I think in my sophomore year I took more of a (Evegeni) Malkin approach and shot time after time," said Ganley. "This year, I was a little more conservative shooting, looking for more openings, a little more like (Sidney) Crosby."

Both approaches seem to work for Ganley. He followed up his 35-goal sophomore season at Smithsburg with a not-so-conservative 53 goals as a junior this season, earning The Herald-Mail's Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year honor.

Ganley said he preferred playing with "the Crosby approach" to his game.

"I wanted the defenses to have to stop a player when I had the ball, not a shooter," Ganley said. "I wanted them to know that I could pass and dodge and be a playmaker, but not only for myself."

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Ganley credits Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich for making him a better player by expecting more -- not only from Ganley, but from all of his players.

"Coach D runs a good team and he demands a lot from us," Ganley said. "He stresses keeping techniques good, not going out there and trying to look like a superstar."

And what about when a player is scoring like a superstar, as Ganley did in 2010?

"He tells me to stay grounded," Ganley said. "He's happy for us when we do well, but he tells us not to get up too much so we can still produce. I think that, in turn, makes me a better player."

Ganley, who plays for club teams in Washington and Baltimore, is happy to have one more year as a high school player, if for no other reason than to have one last shot against North Hagerstown, which beat the Leopards for the first time this season.

"I'm pretty excited for that game next year," Ganley said. "My hat's off to them this year. They had a very good team and as much as we wanted that game, they wanted it, too.

"But I'm looking forward to next year."

Joining Ganley on the All-County Team are:

Ryan Doyle, Saint James

Junior attacker was third on the team with 27 goals and 17 assists.

Zach Eppard, North Hagerstown

Junior attacker led the Hubs in scoring in their breakout season, tallying 43 goals and seven assists.

Alex Henry, North Hagerstown

Senior captain was second on team with 30 goals. Also added 23 assists and 62 ground balls.

Bryan Hetzer, North Hagerstown

Good matchup defender had 33 ground balls.

Nate Lowery, Saint James

Led the Saints with 30 goals.

Sean McAuley, Smithsburg

Shutdown defender for the Leopards is a two-time All-County pick. Signed to play at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina.

Jamie Peterson, Saint James

Unanimous pick to the All-Mid-Atlantic Conference team, Peterson had 29 goals and 29 assists.

Hunter Phillips, South Hagerstown

The Rebels' leading scorer for a second straight season earned All-MVAL Antietam second-team honors.

Wyatt Reeder, North Hagerstown

Teamed with Hetzer to form strong defense for the Hubs. Finished with 42 ground balls.

Tommy Wagner, Saint James

Junior goalie had a 6.5 goals against average for the season.

Dean White, Smithsburg

Leopards' second-leading scorer was an All-MVAL Antietam first-team selection.

Avery Wilmore, Saint James

Another unanimous All-MAC pick for the Saints. Led the team in ground balls (64) and was a key contributor on faceoffs.

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