Potomac School boys lacrosse assistant Cabell Maddux had what seemed to be an easy decision last week. He was offered the head coaching job at Potomac, which finished 15-2 last season, and the head coaching position at St. John's, which finished 3-11.

A no-brainer, right? Wrong. After carefully considering both, Maddux took the St. John's job.

"St. John's is a bigger school [with approximately 1,100 students; Potomac's enrollment is close to 270] and the alumni and parents are making a serious commitment to the program," said Maddux, 28. "Plus, St. John's is allowed to recruit so I imagine we will be going to a lot of camps and summer leagues to try and get kids into the program and try to get us into the top five in the area. The potential is there for us to be really good in a couple years."

John Ricca, athletic director and football coach for the school located in Northwest Washington, said Maddux's decision could help the St. John's football program as well.

"We have lost a lot of good athletes because they wanted to play football and lacrosse and wound up going to a school that had a better lacrosse team," Ricca said. "Cabell is the guy to build our lacrosse program because he is young and energetic and has a national reputation. The only problem is he wants to get going today; I told him we really cannot do much until the fall or spring."

Maddux was a two-time all-American attackman at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. He was an assistant at the University of Delaware for one season before becoming an assistant in 1996 at Potomac School, located in McLean. He also has coached the German national team for the past two summers and led them to a second-place finish among European teams in the World Lacrosse Games last year in Baltimore. Later this month he will coach the Germans in the six-team European championships in Manchester, England.

Potomac School Athletic Director Rob Lee said he was surprised by Maddux's decision not to succeed Steve Bissell, who resigned last month to focus on teaching and coaching wrestling at Potomac.

"I was hoping Cabell would stay here," Lee said. "While I am sad for Potomac I am happy for Cabell and I hope he does very well at St. John's."

Lee said he hoped to name Potomac's lacrosse coach by the fall.

A Lot of Players in Fairfax

Even though the Advantage Lacrosse Fairfax summer league has a record 1,100 boys and girls players, league assistant director Kevin Quinn jokes that it still has some catching up to do.

That's because the company's fall league has more than 1,200 participants and its county indoor winter league has more than 1,500. The leagues consist of divisions ranging from middle school to high school varsity.

"We are hoping that these leagues improve the level of lacrosse in the Washington area," Quinn said. "Our numbers for the summer league are amazing considering the heat and that most of these kids just finished their seasons in the spring."

Advantage's Montgomery County league has 390 players, including 185 in the boys high school varsity division (slightly more than last summer). There are 10 teams in the varsity division, up from eight teams last summer. . . .

Several area players were named to the all-star team at the Top 205 camp in Baltimore last week: attackman Chase Peterson (Episcopal), defenseman Billy Gerrish and midfielder Mike Shuler (Georgetown Prep) and attackman J.R. Bordley and midfielders Ian Healy and Ted Lamade (Landon). The camp attracts the top high school players in the country.