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Player of the Year

Ryan Shuler, Georgetown Prep, Senior, Attack; Georgetown University-bound playmaker came into season with target on back but delivered the goods, with 36 goals and 44 assists. Scored game-winning goals against St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes and St. Paul’s during team’s unblemished regular season.

Coach of the Year

Colin Thomson, Wootton, 6th year; One year after guiding Patriots to first-ever regional championship, made more history with state semifinal victory over Dulaney tjhis year, the first win by Montgomery County at that level in 11 years of varsity lacrosse. Wootton also went undefeated during regular season.

First team

*Bennett Cord, Gaithersburg, Soph., A; Featured weapon for 14-3 Trojans in just his second season, leading county with 91 points on 52 goals and 39 assists for 4A-3A North Region finalists.

*Alex De La Pena, Landon, Sr., A; Mighty mite transferred in and became chief offensive weapon in Bears’ offensive scheme, leading team in points (19 goals, 32 assists).

*Ben Engleman, Wootton, Sr., M; Recovered from junior-year knee injury to notch 52 points for 4A-3A West Region champion Patriots. Headed to Gettysburg (Pa.) College next fall.

*Ricky Hafer, Wootton, Sr., A; Biggest threat on county’s best offense, racked up 37 goals to go along with 48 assists in Patriots’ storybook season. Repeat first-team selection.

*Philip Halls, Churchill, Sr., D; Bruising hitter whose presence anchored back line for one of Montgomery County’s strongest defenses.

*Tim Kovack, Seneca Valley, Sr., M; Fleet-footed middie was driving force behind potent Screamig Eagles’ offense, scoring 53 points in leading team to top seed, final of 3A-2A North Region playoffs.

*Bray Malphrus, Georgetown Prep, Sr., D; Considered nation’s marquee defender by some, future Virginia Cavalier simply locked down whoever he faced, also collecting 82 ground balls for once-beaten IAC regular-season champs.

*Connor Reilly, Landon, Sr., M; Big, strong force collected 18 goals with wicked shot, added five assists for Bears. Will put skills on display at Princeton University next season.

*Kevin Ridgway, Georgetown Prep, Sr., D; Notre Dame-bound specimen used size (6-foot-5) to cast shadow over almost any attackman he faced in helping Little Hoyas to share of IAC title for third straight season.

*Ben Simmons, Springbrook, Sr., M; Will take awesome skill-set of speed, size, moves and powerful shot to Salisbury University next year. Middie’s 61 points drove Blue Devils to best season ever.

*Steven Silverberg, Wootton, Sr., G; Not only led county public-schoolers in save percentage, but showcased uniquely dangerous clearing skills in leading Patriots to county’s first state final appearance.

*Brian Tabb, Georgetown Prep, Sr., M; Future Georgetown University player was again brilliant in his area of expertise, winning 74.5 percent of face-offs. Also collected 116 ground balls.

*Bertan Unal, Churchill, Sr., M/D; Long-stick middie who could carry ball upfield or run defense for Bulldogs in textbook fashion. Churchill’s all-time leader in ground balls.

*Brian Will, Bullis, Sr., A; Georgetown University commit was both finisher and playmaker for Bulldogs, with 31 goals and 17 assists.

Second team

*David Abramson, Springbrook, Sr., M; Underrated middie had 50 points for high-powered Blue Devils.

*Steven Anderson, Sherwood, Sr., A; Warriors’ prime offensive threat tallied 25 goals, 41 assists.

*Adam Brizendine, Springbrook, Sr., A; Was Blue Devils’ ace at finding net, leading team with 53 goals.

*Sam Burns, Wootton, Sr., A; School’s all-time leading goal-scorer again led team, with 58.

*Stephen Coyle, Georgetown Prep, Sr., A; In Shuler’s shadow, quietly posted monster 53 goals for Hoyas.

*Kyle Hann, Churchill, Sr., A; Bulldogs’ top scorer nabbed 40, game-winner vs. Sherwood.

*Grant Kaleikau, Watkins Mill, Sr., A; Almost always doubled, worked extremely hard for his 17 goals.

*Mike Mascio, Quince Orchard, Sr., M; Led Cougars in scoring (34 goals) and playmaking (18 assists).

*Harris Middel, Churchill, Sr., M; Strong playmaker had 42 points at center of Bulldog offense.

*Ryan Milford, Seneca Valley, Sr., G; Stingy four-year starter stopped over 68 percent of shots faced.

*Derek Styer, Georgetown Prep, Sr., D; Princeton commit rounded out trio of fantastic Prep defenders.

*Joe Tkac, Landon, Sr., D; Team’s most valuable player anchored Bears’ stingy back line.

*Tommy Whitlock, Wootton, Jr., D; Patriots’ top underclassman held teams in check this year.

*Martin Wiegand, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Sr., A; ‘‘Little Gretzky” logged 33 goals, 23 assists as Barons’ do-it-all guy.

*Kevin Wright, Good Counsel, Jr., D; Was voted Falcons’ most valuable player as underclassman.

Honorable mention

*Dylan Haas, Clarksburg, Soph., M

*Pat Maloney, Georgetown Prep, Sr., M

*Ross Modjeska, Walter Johnson, Jr., A

*Tim Roe, Springbrook, Sr., A

*Matt Schneider, Sherwood, Sr., D

*Dan Tardiff, Bullis, Sr., D

*Ryan Ulf, Walter Johnson, Jr., G

*Teddy Wescott, Kennedy, Sr., M

*Jon Yates, Wootton, Sr., M

*Nick Young, Seneca Valley, Sr., A