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tournament_image_13Its summer time and you know that can only mean one thing. Lacrosse Tournament season! If you’re a lacrosse enthusiast this time of year is great. There’s no slowing down of the offense, the defenders come out and chase and it’s all run and gun.

This weekend is the Maryland State of Lacrosse Games which is being hosted in Howard County, MD. This tournament was formerly the Charm City Classic (played in Baltimore City’s Patterson Park) a few years back but was moved for convenience reasons and they definitely made a great choice by doing so.

The new venues are amazing. Howard County Parks offer brand new state of the art turf fields plenty of parking and offers a great atmosphere for the games. The tournament will be held over 3 different sites, but even if that takes away from the allure of the bigger tournaments, it offers a break from all the hectic running around in between games. Most teams will be stationed at one spot all weekend which encourages sticking around in between games and watching the competition.

This year’s tournament consists of 32 teams in 5 divisions (Grand Masters, Masters, Elite 1, Elite 2 and a Women’s bracket).

The Men’s Elite division has continuously offered the chance to see top Division 1 players, All-American’s and some of the best post-collegiate teams around. If you live in the Howard County area or are only a short drive away, you should definitely pack up the family, sunscreen and shades and come check out the games this weekend.

For schedules, directions and more information go to www.laxclassic.com.

It’s almost been a decade in the newest millennium so what better time to sum up what we have seen over the past ten years in Division 3 lacrosse.

I have been an avid fan of the D3 game since I graduated from Salisbury in 2001 so I would consider my picks to be fair and well thought out. It’s tougher than you would think to go through all of the great players who have come and gone over the past ten years from all over Division 3.

This list may seem like a Seagull fest, but you have to agree with me that they have had some special players and teams over the past 10 years.  I was critical towards all my former teammates and folks that I know who were in consideration for the list. I was going to put myself on this list but I’ll be modest since I’m writing it and leave myself off.  Actually, after further review I didn’t make the cut but I would like to think that I was in some sort of consideration!!

My sources may not be 100% accurate for stats (goals and assists) so if you have any input, please leave a comment and I will add them in as we go along. There are some decade cross-over players that I could not find some statistics for.

Obviously I can’t give everyone their due and many will be left off this list. I expanded some positions to add additional players but my criteria are very basic. The player had to play at least 1 year in this decade. Winning awards adds to their consideration. Self proclaimed Practice All-American’s need not apply.

Breier’s 1st Team Division 3 Team of the Decade (2000-2009)

Josh Bergey - Salisbury -2003- Scored 119pts in 2003; AOY 03; 2x AA (1st 03, 2nd 01 as a midfielder). 2x National Champion (99, 03)

Matt Dugan –W&L -2001- AOY 01; 3x AA (1st 00, 01, 2nd 99); 182g 111a for 293pts

Ryan Heath - Cortland -2008- AOY 08; 3x AA (1st 08, 2nd 07, 3rd 06); National Champion 06; 231 Total Points in 3yrs with Cortland including 100pts his senior year.

Eric Goodberlet - Nazereth -2001- POY 01; MOY 01; 3x AA (1st 01, 2nd 00, HM 99 as an attackman)

Stephen Berger - Washington -2005- MOY 04; 3x AA- (1st 03,04) 2nd 02); 136g 103a for 239pts

Kylor Berkman - 2009 - Salisbury - POY 08; 2x MOY (07,08); 2x 1st AA (07,08); Coming into 2009, 85g 126a for 211pts. 2x National Champion (07, 08). So far he’s increased that tally to 110g 165a for 275pts.

Eric Martin - Salisbury -2004- POY 04; DOY (03,04); 2x AA (1st 03,04); 2x National Champion (03,04)

Jed Raymond - Middlebury -2000- A 90’s cross over. POY 99; 2x DOY (99,00); 3x AA (1st 98,99,2000); National Champion 00.

Jeff Bigas - Salisbury -2005- DOY 05, 3x 1st Team AA. 3x National Champion (03,04,05)

Pat Vaughn - 2006 - Gettysburg — 4x AA (1st 05, 06, 07 2nd 04)
Jake Coon – Nazareth -2000- 2x GOY (98,00); 4x AA (1st 00,98, 3rd 99, HM 97)

Long Stick Midfield:
Sean White - Salisbury -2005- 3x AA (1st 03,04,05)- 3x National Champion (03,04,05)

Jim Berkman - Salisbury - COY 07; 5x National Champion (03,04,05,07,08); 2x National Champion Runner Up (00,06); 171 Wins-11 Losses - (14-3 when i wrote this) so 185 Wins -14 Losses

Breier’s 2nd Team Division 3 Team of the Decade (2000-2009)

Andy Bonasera – Roanoke -2003- 4x AA, (1st 03, 3rd 02, HM 00, 01); 144g 120a for 264pts

Holt Hopkins - Middlebury -2001- A 2x 1st Team AA (00,01); 2x National Champion (00, 01); 152g 64a for 216pts;

Ryan Hotaling - Nazareth -2007- AOY 05; 3x AA – (1st 05,07; 3rd 06). - 219 overall pts

Jon Mason - Roanoke -2007- With 249g 32a for 281pts. AOY 07; 3x AA (1st Team AA 07, 2nd 06 and 3rd Team 05).

Chris Turner – Salisbury -2000- POY 00; 2x MOY (99, 00); 3x AA – (1st 99, 00; 2nd 98); National Champion (Cannot find 1998, 1999 Stats)

Chris Keating – Roanoke -2006- POY 06; MOY 06; 3x AA (1st 06, 2nd 05, HM 04); 105g 88a for 193pts.

Matt Dunn – Middlebury -2002- POY 02; MOY 02; 2x 1st Team AA (01, 02); 3x National Champion; 3yr total of 113g 58a for 171pts (Cannot find 1999 stats)

Andy Murray - Salisbury - 2004 - POY 03; 2x MOY (03,04); 3x 1st Team AA (02,03,04); 70g 56a for 126pts; 2x National Champion (03,04) – 4yr Starter/ Face off man for Salisbury (I would love to have Andy’s face off and GB stats!!)

Long Stick Midfield:
Chase Caruso - Salisbury -2007- POY 07, 2x 1st Team AA (06, 07)

Chris Heier – Salisbury -2007- DOY 07, 3x AA (1st 06, 07, HM 05); 2x National Champion (05, 07)

Andrew McGann – Gettysburg -2008- DOY 08; 3x AA (1st 07, 08, 2nd 06)

Ben Love – Roanoke -2006- 3x AA (1st 05, 06, HM 04)

Dan Korpon –Salisbury -2005- GOY 05; 2x AA (1st 05, HM); 3x National Champion (03, 04, 05)

Tim McGinnis –Gettysburg -2003- 3x AA (1st 02, HM 01, 03) *Also an HM AA at Maryland as a grad student

Erin Quinn - Middlebury - Coach Quinn left coaching to become Middlebury’s AD in the Fall of 2006. Under his lead, the Panthers won three consecutive National Championships to start out the decade (00,01,02). During his tenure in the 2000’s Quinn was 111-13 and also a 2x National Champion Runner Up (03, 05).

Best Winning Percentage of the Decade:
Greg Titus - Salisbury -2008- Never lost a game. 85-0 – Also 2x HM AA (07, 08) 4x National Champion (04, 05, 07, 08)

COY - Coach of the Year
POY - Player of the Year
AOY - Attackman of the Year
MOY - Midfielder of the Year
DOY - Defenseman of the Year
GOY - Goalie of the Year
SOY - Specialist of the Year

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