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All-County Boys Lacrosse: Brown's steady hand steadied Hubs' ship

June 15, 2012|By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com
  • Player of the Year - Brandon Brown, North Hagerstown
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

To say that the North Hagerstown boys lacrosse team had a tumultuous season might be putting it lightly.

To say that junior midfielder Brandon Brown was a calming influence on the Hubs would be putting it equally lightly.

In a year when the Hubs played several games without a head coach on the sidelines, Brown played the role of coach on the field and helped steer the Hubs through the bumpy terrain that was the 2012 season.

Brown is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.

“It was a tough season because of the problems we had early in the year,” Brown said. “Things sort of fell apart, guys were playing more for themselves than for the team. As a captain, I tried to step up and be a leader.”

The Hubs’ season got off on the wrong foot when Ron Williams, who was tabbed to replace Dave Tallant as North’s coach, left the program before the first game was played.

North was a ship without a captain for the first few games as JV and volunteer coaches filled in. Finally, assistant principal Todd Ullery took over and helped right the ship.

“Things started to turn around when Coach Ullery came in,” Brown said. “He put us in our place, told us where we were going to play and how we were going to play and we started playing our offense the right way.

“We definitely got our attitudes adjusted.”

One of the constants on the field was Brown, who ably quarterbacked the Hubs’ offense from his midfield position. He finished the season with 25 goals and 15 assists while winning 58 percent of his faceoffs. He was the top vote-getter at midfield in All-MVAL Antietam balloting.

The thing that didn’t show up on the score sheet – his leadership ability – may have been his greatest asset.

“I talked to our coaches a lot about the plays we were running. I’d draw things up with my club coaches and bring those in to see if they were plays we could run,” Brown said. “I would try to take charge and lead the team in practices and pregame, things like that.

“As a team captain, those were the things I was supposed to be doing.”

Brown said he is hopeful that North will have a new coach in place well before practices begin on March 1, 2013, so the Hubs will have a little more smooth sailing in his senior year.

“I think we’re going to be pretty good next year,” Brown said. “We have a few JV players coming up that are really good, a good group of rising seniors and a great goalie (Brian Davis).”

Joining Brown on the All-County First Team:
Freddie Funke, Boonsboro: Led the first-year varsity program at Boonsboro in scoring

Kyle Geblein, Smithsburg: Sophomore defender was a first-team MVAL Antietam pick.

Kevin Grimm, Smithsburg: Leopards’ top attack tallied 29 goals on the season and was an MVAL Antietam first-teamer.

Matt Hetzer, North Hagerstown: Senior defender helped solidify Hubs’ back end.

Ryker Jernigan, Smithsburg: Senior defender is a two-time first-team selection.

Morgan Kenworthy, St. Maria Goretti: Sophomore was the top defender on the Gaels’ first-year varsity squad.

Clayton Layman, Smithsburg: Senior goalkeeper had one shutout and held six other opponents to five goals or fewer.

Tanner Leach, Smithsburg: Senior filled out Leopards’ stellar defensive unit.

Ben Louderback, Saint James: Senior All-IPSL and All-MAC first-teamer had 42 goals and 11 assists.

Kyle Neale, Saint James: Junior midfielder had 12 goals and 20 assists and tied for the team lead with 64 groundballs.

Josh Thomas, Smithsburg: Sophomore attack was Leopards’ leader in assists and was second to Grimm in goals scored.

Avery Wilmore, Saint James: Three-time first team selection was a first-team pick in the IPSL and MAC. Had 64 groundballs and caused 49 turnovers.

Leighton Younger, Saint James: Junior attack was an IPSL first-teamer with 20 goals and five assists.

Honorable mention

Boonsboro: Justin Jardeleza, Caleb Jardeleza, Rieker Bowles, Rex Legore, Sam Angle, Alex Pizzaro. North Hagerstown: Alex Unger, Reed Jimenez, Drew Brooks, Kyle Hewlett, Josh Krandel. Saint James: Henry Smith, Justin Pank, Will Smith. St. Maria Goretti: Michael Fairley, Mike Ewing. Smithsburg: Dillan Harbaugh. South Hagerstown: Troy McGee, Noah Wright, Drake Kessell.

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