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All-County Lacrosse -- Tallant has Hubs' talent moving in right direction

June 21, 2010|By MARK KELLER

The North Hagerstown boys lacrosse team had the look of a team on the rise early in the 2010 season.

But it was a single win in the second half of the season that announced the Hubs' arrival as a program to be reckoned with in Washington County and beyond.

The Hubs went to Smithsburg on April 29 and scored a 7-6 win over the Leopards, the pioneer lacrosse team at the high school level in the county.

"Smithsburg is an excellent program, well established," said North coach Dave Tallant. "For us to finally be able to compete with them showed that we could bring excellence to lacrosse in Washington County. To finally close the gap and be competitive was a huge milestone for us."

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Tallant is The Herald-Mail Lacrosse Coach of the Year for 2010.

Under Tallant's guidance, North got its first-ever playoff victory two weeks later, an 8-7 win over Damascus that gave the Hubs eight wins on the season.

The Hubs' winning season (8-6) was the culmination of four steady years of growth by North's senior class, the last two years with Tallant as head coach.

"I don't think we can replace the skill and attitude of most of the seniors," Tallant said. "They created a chemistry that allowed us to rise above some challenging moments."

Tallant has been active in teaching and promoting lacrosse at the youth level with the Hagerstown Area Youth Lacrosse Association. He said he knows that his next wave of Hubs players will be coming from HAYLA.

"We had a conversation of HAYLA being a bridge to the high school programs," Tallant said. "All the youth players are instrumental in growing lacrosse in Washington County.

"For North to be strong, all the teams in Washington County need to be strong. That's instrumental in building the sport as a whole and building programs to be competitive with Frederick and Carroll counties and Baltimore."

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