Special teams and players of 2010
Covering boys basketball, boys lacrosse and girls soccer in the Baltimore area provided plenty of special teams and players in 2010.
Here's a quick look at some that stood out:
2009-10 City boys basketball team: The Knights earned the area's No. 1 ranking like no other team in any sport. In successfully defending their Class 2A state title, they had to contend with Lake Clifton (Class 3A state champ the year before), Digital Harbor (Class 1A state champ the year before) and Baltimore City league champ Edmondson -- JUST TO GET OUT OF THE NORTH REGION! The Knights survived the state's most rigorous region with a 59-58 win over Edmondson in the title game and then had an easier time with two state playoff wins, capping their 23-2 season with a 56-45 win over Gwynn Park behind Jordan Latham and Nick Faust.
St. Paul's boys lacrosse team: The Crusaders and rival Boys' Latin were the cream of the crop throughout the spring season in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Going into the title game Boys' Latin was No. 1 and St. Paul's was No. 2. Little separated the teams throughout the season until the second half when the Crusaders -- behind a four-goal, one-assist performance from junior attackman Jay Carlson scored nine straight goals for a 17-7 championship win.
Hereford boys lacrosse team: How's this for going out on top in your senior year? Attackman Rustin Bryant, who would go on to be named All-Metro Player of the Year, scored a state record seven goals to lead the Bulls to a 13-9 win over River Hill for the program's third straight Class 3A-2A state championship.
McDonogh girls soccer team: For the past few seasons, the Eagles had been prime contenders for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship, only to fall a tad short at various points in the playoffs. Not this year and they needed extra time to finally get over the hump against two-time defending champion Archbishop Spalding. In winning the past two years, the Cavaliers have proved to be a resilient bunch and this year looked no different when they got the tying goal against McDonogh with eight minutes left in regulation. Instead of thinking 'Here we go again' the Eagles stayed poised and found a way to get the elusive win in overtime. Midfielder Ashley Spivey, who would go on to be named the All-Metro Player of the Year, made a tireless run down the right side of the field before sending a cross to the middle. Taylor Cummings challenged for the ball to wreak havoc and when it squirted to the left side, freshman forward Casey Martinez was right there to tap it in for a thrilling 2-1 win.
Reservoir girls soccer team: If you first do not succeed ... The Gators fell one goal short of the program's first state title a year before with a tough 3-2 loss to Tuscarora for the Class 3A championship. This year, with six new starters, they returned to the state tournament on a mission. After avenging the loss to Tuscarora with a 1-0 win in the semifinal round, the Gators defeated Huntingtown, 1-0, to earn the state crown. Sophomore Amanda Jackson had a memorable performance to help the Gators knock off Tuscarora -- scoring a goal in the first half and then changing roles to mark out the defending champs top scoring threat in the second half.
Bryn Mawr girls soccer: Looking to repeat as champions in the IAAM B Conference, the Mawrtians trailed feisty Roland Park by a goal with under 10 minutes to play. Senior forward Morgan Rubin provided life with a tying goal and the junior midfielder Riley Barger did the rest, unleashing a 35-yard blast with 3:35 left that proved to be the winner.