Patrick Conroy wasn't particularly happy following the 2011 season.
The standout Dallastown High School lacrosse player had been a part of the Wildcats' first-round exit in the District 3 playoffs that year, losing 23-7 to eventual district champ Manheim Township.
Coming back for his senior season in 2012, Conroy wanted to see Dallastown pick up the program's first district win. And he figured moving from defense to offense might help.
The switch to midfielder proved to be effective for Conroy, who will be playing for Towson University next spring. Entering this year with 13 total goals in his career at Dallastown, Conroy collected 36 goals this season in addition to his team-high 39 assists.
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Conroy was one of many players who led the Wildcats to their first York-Adams League Tournament crown, defeating West York, 10-5. And he helped Dallastown capture its first district win when the Wildcats scored a 14-6 first-round victory over Elizabethtown.
For his efforts, the York-Adams League boys' lacrosse coaches have selected Conroy as this year's Division I Player of the Year. Dallastown also had four players selected to the all-county team, which is second behind West York's six players.
Dallastown junior attack Jake Mitchell (59 goals, 36 assists) and his teammate, goalie Trevor Zero (69 save percentage) have also been named to the all-county first-team.
Wildcats' head coach Christopher Andrews has been named the Division I Coach of the Year. Andrews led Dallastown to a 20-2 overall record. The Wildcats lost in the second round of districts, 12-6, to Hempfield.
Division II: West York senior Klayton Garman, a Lebanon Valley College recruit, has been named the Division II Player of the Year. He led the Bulldogs with 60 goals and 33 assists.
"He's a three-year varsity starter. And that's saying a lot because we're a three-year program," West York coach Dan Quickel said of Garman. "He's come a long way in those three years to become the player he is. He works hard and gets good grades."
West York, this year's Division II champion, had four players selected to the all-county first-team and two selected to the all-county second-team.
Kennard-Dale coach Tom Nelson has been named the Division II Coach of the Year.
A year after the Rams had just one win in their inaugural season, Nelson led Kennard-Dale to an 8-7 record in league play this year. Kennard-Dale finished third in Division II behind West York and Susquehannock. The Rams have six players selected as Division II all-stars.
--Reach John Walk at 505-5406 or jwalk@york dispatch.com or follow on Twitter @YorkSportsGuy.