All-County Boys Lacrosse: Brooks raises his game for Hubs

June 13, 2013|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN |
  • North Hagerstown senior Drew Brooks is the 2013 Herald-Mail Washington County Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

North Hagerstown senior Drew Brooks learned a valuable lacrosse lesson this season.

Give, and ye shall receive.

At Hubs coach Hammond Urner’s request, Brooks looked for his teammates more this season, and in return his teammates found him for plenty of opportunities.

Brooks set single-season school records for goals (68), assists (29) and points (97) while leading Washington County in goals per game (4.53) and points per game (6.47).

Brooks is the 2013 Herald-Mail Washington County Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.

“Before the season even started, our coach was emphasizing how important our team offense as a whole would be to winning games — that one or two guys alone can’t win games — so I tried to change my game a little bit so I could move the ball around and other kids could get opportunities,” Brooks said. “A lot of kids are stepping up and becoming finishers, and I gave them the opportunity to score goals.”

“It was an unexpected year for Drew and I’m glad he did so well,” Urner said. “He was very pivotal. He was getting some goals but was lacking in the assists side, and once he started feeding others, the offense started running the way I wanted to, and then everybody did better.”

Brooks helped the Hubs turn around their season with a six-game winning streak, capped by Class 3A/2A West playoff victories over Seneca Valley and Rockville. It’s the first time North has won two playoff games in a season.

Brooks scored eight goals against Seneca Valley and six more in a road win over favored Rockville.

“He works really hard, he plays year-round, he’s always shooting, hates to lose and this year he matured a lot over last year and had just a phenomenal year,” Urner said. “He really improved as the year went on, and it was great to see. He really wanted the school records for goals and assists, but he also did it in the team concept, which is what you want as a coach.”

Brooks finished his prep career as North’s all-time leader in goals (104), assists (48) and points (152). He has committed to Shenandoah University.

Brooks is joined on the Herald-Mail All-County First Team by:

Reiker Bowles, Boonsboro

Senior attacker had 22 goals (1.83 per game), 12 assists (1.00 per game) and 26 ground balls (2.17 per game) for the Warriors.

Brandon Brown, North Hagerstown

Senior midfielder — the 2012 county player of the year — had 32 goals (2.13 per game) and 22 assists (1.47 per game) for the Hubs. He averaged 7.13 ground balls per game — second-best in the county — and won 62 percent of his faceoffs.

Matt Casto, St. Maria Goretti

Junior attacker was third in county in goals (53, 2.65 per game), second in assists (40, 2.00 per game) and third in points (93, 4.65 per game) for the Gaels.

Mike Ewing, St. Maria Goretti

Sophomore attacker tied Brooks for the most goals (68) and was second in goals per game (3.40) while leading in assists (47, 2.35 per game) and total points (115). He finished second to Brooks in points per game (5.75).

Mike Fairley, St. Maria Goretti

Senior goalkeeper led the county with his .606 save percentage and 6.80 goals-against average for the Gaels. Committed to Susquehanna University.

Jordan Foster, South Hagerstown

Junior attacker had 28 goals (2.33 per game), eight assists and 38 ground balls (3.17 per game) for the Rebels.

Kyle Geblein, Smithsburg

Junior defenseman led the county with 62 forced turnovers (4.43 per game) and also had 69 ground balls (4.93 per game) for the Leopards.

Kyle Hewlett, North Hagerstown

Senior midfielder had a hand in everything for the Hubs with 22 goals (1.47 per game), 11 assists, 61 ground balls (4.07 per game) and 28 forced turnovers (1.87 per game).

Justin Jardeleza, Boonsboro

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