Cardinal Gibbons, the 1A/2A/3A boys lacrosse state champions, went undefeated this year. So it made sense for the Crusaders to take Big Eight Conference offensive and defensive player of the year awards. Senior Gannon Morrison was the offensive winner while junior Chris Lappin was the defensive winner.
Northwood coach Kevin McDaniel, who guided the Chargers to their first-ever postseason, was coach of the year.
The Big Eight Conference has seven school that play lacrosse. They are grouped together into “Conference 6,” as it’s called by the NCHSAA.
Big Eight boys lacrosse all-conference awards
Offensive Player of the Year: Gannon Morrison (Cardinal Gibbons)
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Lappin (Cardinal Gibbons)
Coach of the Year: Kevin McDaniel (Northwood)
Goalies: Anders Haaland (Chapel Hill), Kevin McHendry (Cardinal Gibbons) and Dylan McKinnon (Orange).
Defenders: Chris Lappin (Cardinal Gibbons); Matt Bowen (Cardinal Gibbons); Jack Prevost (Cardinal Gibbons); Noah Laden (Chapel Hill); Cole Churchill (Cedar Ridge); Daniel Allred (Orange); Jack Dalton (Northwood); Zach Watkins (J.F. Webb).
Long-stick midfield: Grant Deselm (Chapel Hill).
Faceoff specialists: Steven Albright (Cardinal Gibbons); Brett Buchman (Chapel Hill).
Midfielders: Robert Lavelle (Cardinal Gibbons); Daniel Geiger (Cardinal Gibbons); Chad Snyder (Cardinal Gibbons); Peter Norwood (Chapel Hill); Graham Tobin (Cedar Ridge); Rob Hamlet (Northwood); Tyler Romel (Northwood); James Harward (Orange).
Attackmen: Gannon Morrison (Cardinal Gibbons); Mark Schachte (Cardinal Gibbons); Hunter Van Horn (Cardinal Gibbons); Paul Miller (Chapel Hill); Jeffrey Williams (Cedar Ridge); Wesley Meyer (Northwood); Bowen Collins (Orange).
Goalies: Jacob Birkhead (Orange), Dylan Livingston (Cedar Ridge)
Defender: Wesley Roberson (Northwood)
Midfield: Luke Wheeless (J.F. Webb)
Attackmen: Adam Reynolds (Orange)