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Coach of the Year

Kevin GiblinGeorgetown Prep, 19th year

On brink of his third decade in charge, led Little Hoyas to program’s first undefeated season and second outright IAC title. Took last spring’s adversity and used it to forge dominant force that outscored opponents, 312-68, in 2006 and ranked first nationally in poll.

Player of the Year

Andrew Brancaccio

Georgetown Prep, Sr., Midfield

Virtually unstoppable offensive force returned from injury-riddled junior season to score county-high 57 goals, including four in IAC title game. Georgetown University-bound middie is one of three finalists for C. Markland Kelly Award, given by state’s coaches to best player in Maryland.

First team

Pat Baudoin-Rea, Blake, Sr., Midfield

School’s all-time leader in everything had 39 goals, 18 assists. Scored 108 goals and 147 points in his career.

Mike Benzel, Sherwood, Sr., Defense

Anchored surprising winners of Montgomery 4A East. Will play at Pfeiffer (N.C.) University.

Joe Brody, Walter Johnson, Sr., Attack

Crafty playmaker had 64 points and a knack for big goals in big games. Repeat first-teamer headed to Gettysburg (Pa.) College.

Chris Chapman, Walter Johnson, Sr., Defense

Lock-down defender also excelled on groundballs and clears. Will play at St. Mary’s College next season.

Britton Cone, Whitman, Sr., Midfield

Speed and skill with a pole made him ideal long-stick middie. Three-year starter is headed to BYU.

Ricky Hafer, Wootton, Jr., Midfield

Quarterback of offense that led county public schools with 193 goals. Second on team in goals (40) and points (56).

Jeremy Hirsch, Georgetown Prep, Sr., Defense

Repeat first-teamer was rock of Little Hoyas’ dominant defense. Coaches’ All-State first-team selection will play at Princeton.

George Huguely, Landon, Sr., Attack

Size, agility and wicked shot made him a standout. Virginia-bound attackman capped career with 30 goals, 11 assists in ’06.

Thomas Langan, Churchill, Sr., Attack

County’s co-leader in points with 68, his 51 goals helped propel Bulldogs into regional title game.

Bray Malphrus, Georgetown Prep, Jr., Defense

Specialist in groundballs and takeaway checks routinely matched up on opponents’ most dangerous middie.

Ryan Shuler, Georgetown Prep, Jr., Attack

Leader of high-octane offense tied for team lead in points with 68 (33 goals, 35 assists). Verbally committed to Georgetown.

Steven Silverberg, Wootton, Jr., Goalie

Made 214 stops to lead all county public-schoolers. Helped lead Patriots to state semis with 70.16 save percentage.

Mark Steverson, Good Counsel, Sr., Attack

Big lefty led all county players with 73 points, including 55 goals. Signed to play at Delaware next season.

Brian Tabb, Georgetown Prep, Jr., Midfield

Directly responsible for team’s 312 goals by winning 81 percent of his faceoffs. Also led Hoyas in groundballs.

Second team

Steven Anderson, Sherwood, Jr., A

Led Warriors in points (57) and was third-leading assist man (32) in MCPS ranks.

Neal Brown, Landon, Sr., D

Hobart signee was best defender for IAC runners-up and an all-league selection.

Sam Burns, Wootton, Jr., A

Led all county goal-scorers with 57 and shared public-school points title with 68.

Chris Casey, Georgetown Prep, Sr., G

All-State second-team pick saved 64 percent of shots and signed with Penn.

Michael Grossman, Landon, Soph., A

Underclass standout had 17 goals, 13 assists, earning All-IAC honors.

Kyle Hann, Churchill, Jr., M

Returned from broken back to become potent middie, with 26 goals, 38 points.

Daniel Heiney-Gonzalez, Rockville, Sr., D

Intelligent defender led team to first-ever .500 finish (7-7) as a senior.

Brian Jackson, Bullis, Sr., M

When on target, blistering shot was one of IAC’s biggest weapons.

Grant Kaliekau, Watkins Mill, Jr., A

Undersized but slick, finished with 60 points after returning from DeMatha.

Chris Landon, B-CC, Fr., D

In one year, became Barons’ go-to defender against county’s biggest scorers.

Chris Mejia, Bullis, Sr., D

Continuing Bulldogs’ tradition of standout poles. Signed with Middlebury.

Sean McKenna, Good Counsel, Jr., G

Orchestrated solid Falcons defense, making 207 saves (63.5 percent).

Michael O’Halloran, Poolesville, Jr., M

Finished second in assists (35) and third in points (65) among MCPS players.

John Schiavone, Good Counsel, Sr., M

Faceoff specialist added offense to his game this year, scoring 45 points.

Brent Stewart, Paint Branch, Sr., M

Helped team to share of division title with team-highs in goals (31) and points (47).

Honorable mention

Pat Britton, Seneca Valley, Sr., A

Will Dempster, Whitman, Jr., A

Spencer Feeney, Damascus, Sr., M

Peter Halbrook, Poolesville, Sr., M

Phillip Halls, Churchill, Sr., D

Andrew Klontz, Sandy Spring Friends, Jr., D

Lowell Patterson, The Heights, Sr., A

Ben Simmons, Springbrook, Jr., M

Max Vinograd, Whitman, Sr., M

Jon Yates, Wootton, Jr., M