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Posted: Friday, Jun. 22, 2012

All Observer Boys Lacrosse

By Jay Edwards
Published in: High School Honors
  • All Observer Boys Lacrosse Team

    Attack: Danny Brown, Lake Norman, Sr.: All-American attacker, Air Force signee had an eye-popping 70 goals., 40 assists.

    Attack: Will Scott, Lake Norman, Sr.: Formed dynamic duo up top with Brown as he chipped in 56 goals, Mars Hill signee.

    Attack: Reid Foley, Myers Park, Sr.: Like Brown, Foley also earned All-American status with 39 goals, 45 assists.

    Attack: Nick Sawyer, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.: All-state attacker will be joining his older brothers, Mike and Matt, at Loyola (Md.) in 2013.

    Mid: Drew Ortiz, Myers Park, Jr.: Another Mustang All-American with big numbers: 45 goals, 27 assists.

    Mid: J.T. Del Tufo, Lake Norman, Sr.: All-state midfielder another major weapon for Wildcats (27 goals, 26 assists), Mercer signee.

    Mid: Carson Clough, Charlotte Latin, Sr.: Led state champions in points with 26 goals, 42 assists.

    Mid: Mike Hart, Hough, Sr.: Huskies’ marked man had 38 goals, 19 assists, and everywhere for Hough.

    Defender: Angus Musser, Myers Park, Sr.: All-American defender was Mustangs’ stopper.

    Defender: Kyle Gradert, Lake Norman, Soph.: State championship MVP a lockdown defender for Wildcats.

    Defender: Ryan Bremen, Lake Norman, Sr.: Another lockdown, all-state defender on a team that allowed only four goals per contest.

    Goalkeeper: Talal Alvie, Providence, Sr.: Panthers standout in the net will now try to walk-on at Penn State.

    Observer Player of the Year: Danny Brown, Lake Norman

    Observer Coach of the Year: Kevin Gowin, Lake Norman

    Mecklenburg Player of the Year: Reid Foley, Myers Park

    Mecklenburg Coach of the Year: Dick Sipperly, Charlotte Latin

    Regional Player of the Year: Danny Brown, Lake Norman

    Regional Coach of the Year: Kevin Gowin, Lake Norman

    2nd Team

    Attack: Walker Bettison, Marvin Ridge, Sr.

    Attack: Connor Kennedy, Weddington, Sr.

    Attack: Max Copeland, Lake Norman, Sr.

    Attack: Will Donohue, Charlotte Latin, Jr.

    Mid: Dylan Kane, Ardrey Kell, Sr.

    Mid: Jake Koferl, Lake Norman Charter, Sr.

    Mid: Zach Martin, Marvin Ridge, Jr.

    Mid: Connor Flynn, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.

    LSM: Nick Beato, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.

    Defender: Josh Ohaus, Providence Day, Sr.

    Defender: Chris Cummings, Ardrey Kell, Sr.

    Goalkeeper: C.J. Schiemer, Lake Norman, Sr.

    3rd Team

    Attack: Josh Ford, Lake Norman Charter, Jr.

    Attack: Steve Onak, Providence Day, Jr.

    Attack: Baylor Koch, Cannon, Sr.

    Attack: Seth Portaro, Charlotte Latin, Sr.

    Mid: Marshall Burlingame, Charlotte Latin, Sr.

    Mid: Clay Fisher, Providence Day, Soph.

    Mid: Tony Asher, Providence Day, Jr.

    Mid: Drew Marsden, Providence, Sr. and Michael Radford, Charlotte Country Day, Jr. (tie)

    Defender: Triston Stegall, Providence, Sr.

    Defender: Ethan Desmond, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.

    Defender: Ian Radcliff, Lake Norman, Jr.

    Goalkeeper: John Clark, Lake Norman Charter and Reilly McDermott, Marvin Ridge (tie)

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    The Lake Norman boys’ lacrosse program has been on the rise the past few seasons.

    But after several disappointing finishes to the past seasons, coach Kevin Gowin and his Wildcats team finally proved they were the state’s best this year, outlasting Cardinal Gibbons 9-8 in the N.C. High School Athletic Association championship game to complete a perfect 23-0 season.

    Lake Norman was led by All-Observer Player of the Year, senior attacker Danny Brown, who notched 70 goals and had 40 assists.

    Brown, who will play at the Air Force Academy beginning this summer, completed his All-American season with a hat trick in the state title game, also earning All Region Player of the Year honors.

    Meanwhile, Gowin earned Observer and Regional Coach of the Year honors for helping his team to an unbeaten season, a state title and a Conference 10 title (where they were a perfect 10-0).

    Brown will team with Myers Park attacker Reid Foley, the Mecklenburg Player of the Year, next season at the Air Force Academy.

    Foley led the Mustangs to a 17-4 mark and a Conference 11 title before falling 13-7 to Lake Norman in the state semifinals.

    Charlotte Latin’s Dick Sipperly is the Mecklenburg Coach of the Year, after leading his Hawks to their first NCISAA state lacrosse title since 2005.

    Latin went 17-2 this season and finished as the No. 1 team in the state, according to

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