Player of the Year: Jed Prossner, McDonogh
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior "played to exhaustion and left everything on the field," according to his coach, Jake Reed. "He's the best kid I've ever had."
Prossner, who won the C. Markland Kelly Award given to the player considered the state's best in lacrosse, cracked a rib during an early-season victory over Calvert Hall, but not only did he persevere, he prevailed, leading McDonogh to a runner-up finish in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament. Often double- and triple-teamed, while wearing a protective flak jacket to prevent further injury to his rib cage, Prossner still recorded 73 goals and 36 assists for McDonogh.
An Easton resident, Prossner spent his freshman year at the small, private Gunston School in Centreville before transferring to McDonogh as a sophomore, when he backed up former Player of the Year Bobby Benson (now at Johns Hopkins). Bound for the University of North Carolina on a lacrosse scholarship, Prossner ended his career with 178 goals and 111 assists in three years and was called "definitely the best person I guarded and the best attackman in the league" by St. Mary's defender Ted Turnblacer.
Coach of the Year: Tano Arrogancia, Pikesville
Eight years of coaching reaped rewards for Arrogancia and his Panthers this season. They went 16-1 for the school's first state title - in the Class 2A-1A - and finished the year ranked No. 8 in the area.
The Panthers won their final 11 games, including their second win of the year over Baltimore County rival Towson. Pikesville never had defeated Towson in lacrosse prior to this season. In its 17-7 rout of Southern-Anne Arundel in the 2A-1A final, attackman Andrew Schwartzman set a state record for goals in a championship game (seven), and attackman Calib Miller eclipsed the record for points in a game (seven) with four goals and three assists.
Also defeating 3A-2A champion Fallston in overtime, Pikesville put Arrogancia (45-46 career entering the season) over the .500 mark for his career at 61-47.
Bryan Bradford, Fallston
The Salisbury State-bound midfielder was the backbone to the 3A-2A state championship Cougars team that owned victories over 4A-3A state champ Dulaney, 4A-3A runner-up Arundel and Howard County power Mount Hebron.
Bradford had 17 each in goals and assists and a school-record 200 ground balls and won 80 percent of his faceoffs over the course of the season.
Bradford was brilliant offensively and defensively, winning 21 of 27 faceoffs in a 15-8 rout of Mount Hebron, containing Dulaney's Bryant Will in a victory over his team, and scoring four goals, two assists and winning 14 faceoffs and scooping eight ground balls in the state title win over South River.
Drew Habeck, Severn
The North Carolina-bound attackman helped the Admirals to one of their best seasons in nearly a decade as they reached the MIAA A Conference semifinals and the No. 4 ranking in the area.
Habeck had 44 goals and 12 assists (135 goals, 50 assists in his career) and scooped 45 ground balls. The first-team All-State selection had three goals and an assist in a season-opening, 9-6 win over Washington D.C.-area power Landon, that team's only loss.
Habeck had three goals and an assist in a 10-9 win over Anne Arundel County rival St. Mary's, two goals and three assists in an upset of McDonogh, and five goals in a 16-3 rout of county rival Severna Park, last spring's 4A-3A state champ.
Kyle Harrison, Friends
It takes a lot to win the praise of an opposing teammate, but Harrison did that, as St. Mary's defender, Ted Turnblacer, called him "one of the two best players in the league with [McDonogh's] Jed Prossner."
Harrison's play alongside teammate Benson Erwin helped the Quakers in upset wins over Severn and Calvert Hall. The Johns Hopkins-bound midfielder finished the year with 28 goals and 24 assists, scooped more than 100 ground balls and won 90 percent of his faceoffs.
The three-sport athlete earned all-league honors in lacrosse, soccer and basketball. "He is the most accomplished three-sport athlete the school has had," said Friends athletic director Jon Garmen.
Mitch Hendler, Boys' Latin
Many MIAA A Conference coaches considered Hendler the league's premier defender. Hendler was more effective than anyone in containing McDonogh's Jed Prossner, and he outscored Dulaney's Bryant Will in a victory over Will's two-time 4A-3A state championship team.
Hendler also shut down his opponent in a victory over Yorktown, N.Y.
Hendler, who helped the Lakers reach the conference tournament quarterfinals, averaged four ground balls per game. He will play lacrosse next spring for the U.S. Naval Academy.
David Misler, Pikesville
Misler's leadership and take-away skills made him perhaps the best defensive player in public schools this year and helped him earn All-American honors. Bound for Duke University, the four-year starter anchored the Panthers to the 2A-1A state championship after a 17-7 rout of Southern of Anne Arundel County. Coaches in Baltimore County unanimously voted Misler one of the best four players in their league.
Misler, who scooped 386 ground balls, directed the Panthers' defense and always covered the No. 1 offensive player from opposing teams. He will play lacrosse at Duke University.
J.D. Nelson, Gilman
Nelson was one of the main reasons Gilman beat all but one league opponent through the regular season despite having returned only one starter from last spring's MIAA A Conference champ.
He scored 19 goals to go with seven assists, but scooped 163 ground balls and won 70 percent of his faceoffs. Headed for Cornell University, Nelson had one of his best games in scoring two goals, with three assists and a team-high eight ground balls, and winning 18 of 26 faceoffs in a 13-11 victory over McDonogh.
Nelson "was, without question, the MVP of the league," said one league coach. Nelson also played football and wrestled.
Blake O'Shaughnessy, Boys' Latin
O'Shaughnessy transferred from Colorado, a state whose lacrosse is nowhere near the level of Maryland. So a big question was whether he could raise his game to match the level of players in the MIAA A Conference, considered the nation's most difficult high school lacrosse league.
The senior proved he was up to the task, scoring 38 goals and assisting on 17 others.
"He gave us a huge lift, athletically, on attack," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, whose Lakers were playoff quarterfinalists. O'Shaughnessy will play at Loyola College.
Matt Pinto, Loyola
One opposing coach called the junior "the best defender in the league." Pinto held Severn's top scorer, Drew Habeck, to only one point in the three games during which he was matched against him. Pinto also had an excellent game against Jed Prossner in a regular-season win over McDonogh.
Pinto's skillful checks made him a threat to opposing attackmen, as did his quickness and man-to-man covering abilities. Those aspects of his play also make him a highly sought-after college prospect.
Pinto, who carries a 3.75 grade point average, already has NCAA champion Princeton, NCAA semifinalist Notre Dame, Duke and Dartmouth pursuing him.
Tom Randisi, Calvert Hall
Randisi was the definition of hustle and determination for the tough-luck Cardinals, who lost several of their games by one goal. "He's a complete player," said coach Bryan Kelly. "He set the tone for our team."
Randisi was the Cardinals' senior team captain, and his leadership was displayed all over the field as he scored 21 each in goals and assists and scooped 100 ground balls.
But Randisi not only scored goals, he also assisted, faced off and played defense - all seemingly as if his life depended on it. He will be a welcome addition at Ohio State University, where he is headed on a lacrosse scholarship.
Pat Shek, McDonogh
The diminutive, fleet-footed senior demonstrated his versatility by moving from attack, where he played last spring, to the midfield this year, and was often the focus of opposing defenses along with Prossner.
Still, Shek, a left-handed player, managed to be a force both as a scorer (33 goals) and a feeder (34 assists). With Shek in the middle, the Eagles were able to take advantage of his quickness, hustle, field vision and nose for the goal.
Those components, along with his ability to make split-second decisions, helped him to key the transition and spread the ball on attack. Considered a complete player by league coaches, Shek is headed for Loyola College to play lacrosse.
Richard Thomas, Gilman
Gilman returned only one starter from last spring's MIAA A Conference champ, and Thomas was a first-year starter after spending three years behind Jay Pfeiffer on the bench.
But the senior had a break-through year, stopping 265 shots, which worked out to a 73 percent saves ratio. Thomas endured seven one-goal victories, four of those in overtime, in addition to four two-goal victories.
Thomas, who had a knack for stopping point-blank volleys, turned in his best outings in wins over Loyola (20 saves), Friends (23) and Boys' Latin (17). He is considering North Carolina.
Ted Turnblacer, St. Mary's
Coaches in the MIAA A Conference unanimously consider the 6-foot, 190-pound Turnblacer one of the state's best defenders, as he anchored the Saints to a berth in the league quarterfinals.
Primarily a position player, Turnblacer also is a capable on-ball defender who can execute take-aways effectively. Turnblacer had particularly strong efforts against Boys' Latin's Blake O'Shaughnessy in a late-season 8-6 victory and in another win over St. Paul's, where he contained University of Virginia-bound Brendan Gill.
Turnblacer, who once limited McDonogh's Jed Prossner to three points, will fit right into the man-to-man defensive schemes of Towson University, which reached this year's NCAA Division I semifinals.
Andrew White, Loyola
The Dons ascended to the area's No. 1 ranking after winning the program's first MIAA A Conference title since 1990. And White emerged as the top scoring threat on a team whose scoring ability was not quite defined at the season's outset.
White finished with 48 goals and 17 assists, including four goals in a 15-5 semifinal rout of Severn, and five goals in a 17-12 championship victory over McDonogh.
White also scooped 106 ground balls and "was the premier rider in the league as an attackman," said his coach, John Tucker, who won his fourth league title, including three at Gilman. White will play lacrosse at Ohio State.
Bryant Will, Dulaney
The North Carolina-bound senior entered the year as the nation's No. 2-ranked midfield recruit. And as such, he was a marked man every game as coaches designed defenses especially to stop him.
The 6-4 Will, nevertheless, ranked as his team's No. 2 scorer with 28 goals and 21 assists, as Dulaney finished off its second straight 4A-3A state championship season - fourth overall - and was the area's highest-ranked public school at No. 7. Constantly double- and triple-teamed, Will made his presence known.
"He's always a factor in our games, he's so talented," said Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber. Will is a repeat All-Metro first-teamer.