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All Met Fall 2003
It's Electric
Football Players of Year Royal, Lenz Among Those Who Lit Up Fields This Fall
It's only a game.

People say it all the time. And sure, the sports the fall 2003 All-Met athletes played are just that -- games. But the athletes honored inside these pages played those games at such a high level, the word "only" doesn't seem to apply.

Football offensive player of the year Eddie Royal capped an electrifying season by shooting through Landstown's punt team for the return that broke open the state championship game for Westfield. Eric Lenz of Urbana was named The Post's defensive player of the year, but he was much more than a defender. He rushed passers, caught passes, kicked field goals, blocked field goals and punted.

In soccer, Keith Vereb's play kept DeMatha on top of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

Nataly Arias scored and scored, then scored some more for O'Connell's girls' team -- also a WCAC champion.

For Thomas Johnson's foes in volleyball, there was no getting past the imposing presence of Erin Maldo. Urbana's Kurt Kuehne and Broadneck's Lauren Centrowitz ran away from the field at the Maryland cross-country championships for the second straight year.

In the Virginia AAA field hockey championship, W.T. Woodson's Samantha Howard scored the game-winning goal in sudden-death overtime. One play, one shot, over in a split second, made the Cavaliers champions. Howard was immediately swarmed by joyful teammates, celebrating the goal that gave the Northern Region its first state field hockey title since 1986.

What's the big deal? It's only a game.

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