After falling in love with the school, coach Jim Berkman put the finishing touches on his recruitment efforts.
"When I got there, coach told me that every kid that has (played) at Salisbury since 1995 has won a national championship," Stevens said. "He also said that even though the other schools that I was looking at might be Division I, they might go 8-8. But there, I'm going to win."
Stevens' assignment this summer might be to study the Salisbury men's lacrosse record book and see where he can ink his name into it over the next four years.
Also named to the all-county first team.
Scott Bruner, Howard sophomore. Bruner broke onto the scene with 59 goals and 21 assists this season, finishing with the third highest point total in the county (80). One of the bigger attackman in the league, Bruner used his size and strength to get to the cage.
"Scott did it all from his attack position — performing as a finisher, feeder and dodger," coach Jimmy Creighton said. "He's a good shooter who has a nose for the goal. His hard work in the off-season has truly paid off as he put up big numbers in 2013."
Bruner became a leader on the offensive side of the ball for Howard, and had a big role in the team's march to the Class 4A/3A East regional championship and state semifinals appearance. In the postseason, he contributed 15 goals and 12 assists in five games.
Nick Forrest, Glenelg junior. Forrest was a major catalyst on offense for the Gladiators, especially in the 3A/2A state semifinals game against Kent Island. Trailing by three goals late in the fourth quarter, Forrest put Glenelg on his back. The junior scored twice in a four-goal run — including the game-winner with 30 seconds left — to help the Gladiators return to the state championship game.
"Nick is dynamic dodger and scorer, who is a constant worker looking to hone his game," coach Josh Hatmaker said. "Nick is a lax rat; he always has a stick in his hand working on some aspect of his game."
A second-team selection a year ago, Forrest finished as the county's second-leading scorer this season with 54 goals and 34 assists.
Adam Huber, Mt. Hebron senior. Huber took a lot of pressure off of Vikings teammate Jake Stevens' shoulders as a playmaker on offense. When opposing teams focused on Stevens, Huber made them think twice. He scored a career-high 50 goals to go along with 29 assists during his senior campaign.
"Adam is a big, physical presence who has a great sense of the game," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He is a tremendous athlete who can dominate a game by scoring, but he also led our team in assists this season."
A three-year starter, Huber continued to improve with each season. He will play lacrosse at Canisius College next spring.
Stephen Latona, Centennial senior. A repeat first-team selection, Latona didn't disappoint in his final season. The spark plug for a potent Eagles offense, he scored 60 goals — which was second-most in the league. He added 17 assists and had an average of 4.53 points per game.
"Latona is truly a leader by example," coach Nick Kellinger said. "His unselfishness played a major role in our team's success this season."
Latona's effectiveness on offense — especially on the man-up unit — allowed him to score five or more goals in six contests this season. He will play next season at Shenandoah University.
Kyle Courtney, Atholton senior. Courtney has been the definition of a team player during his time with the Raiders. His unselfishness was evident as he always looked for the extra pass instead of taking a contested shot.
"He is a rare kind of player who has all of the intangibles and a tremendous skill set," coach Erik Burnett said. "A complete player who could play defense, Kyle gets ground balls and can beat long poles in individual matchups. He was a natural leader for his teammates."