A second-team pick last season, Courtney raised his game with 15 goals and 23 assists this season. He has committed to play lacrosse for Furman University.
Mark Darden, Glenelg senior. Darden has been a consistent scoring threat from the midfield during his tenure as a starter for the Gladiators. His speed and instincts made it easy for him to clear the ball in transition and put his team in position to score.
"Mark has great vision and works tirelessly to improve his game," coach Josh Hatmaker said. "He constantly faces double teams, which doesn't seem to faze him, as he will consistently split them for scoring opportunities."
Darden's main role wasn't only to clear the ball, however. He was also counted on to pick up his scoring production. The Hobart College-bound senior collected 46 goals and 12 assists this season, and has registered 139 points over the last three years.
"Darden is the most dynamic dodging middie we have had here since I became the head coach," Hatmaker said. "He has the ability to take over a game and score from anywhere."
John Keohane, Howard senior. Keohane did a little of everything for the Lions this season. An old-fashioned two-way midfielder, Keohane was among the leaders on his team in ground balls (76) and points (47), while acting as the main option to clear the ball.
"He's great on ground balls especially from the wing on face-offs," coach Jimmy Creighton said. "John picked up his offensive production this season with his goals and assists but was truly great in between the lines in the riding and clearing game."
Keohane finished the season with 27 goals and 20 assists, but acting as the safety valve for the Lions' goalies in the clearing game may have been his biggest impact. He will play lacrosse next year at Christopher Newport University.
Tyler Wasson, Glenelg junior. Wasson has been a mainstay on the Gladiators' midfield unit for three straight seasons. Contributing as a freshman on Glenelg's last state championship team in 2011, Wasson has continued to grow into a scoring threat on each and every possession.
"Tyler is a great athlete who puts a great deal of pressure on the defense, matchup wise, because of his size and speed," coach Josh Hatmaker said. "He has the ability to shoot on the run or with time and room. He has great vision, which makes him a duel threat offensively."
Hatmaker believes that Wasson's most "overlooked skill" is his play on the defensive end of the field. He scooped 58 ground balls while adding 48 points on 28 goals and 20 assists. He has already committed to Navy.
Anthony Pagnotta, Glenelg senior. A Player of the Year finalist, Pagnotta was the driving force behind the Gladiators' run to the 3A-2A state championship game. The Towson University-bound FOGO guy dominated at the faceoff X. Because of his ability to win the ball, in some contests this season opposing teams would go several minutes without a single possession.
"The ultimate weapon, 'Pags' is able to control a game from the onset, put pressure on the other team and force mistakes," coach Josh Hatmaker said. "He is able to start transition and push fast breaks from the X. He has a great stick and is a great finisher inside."
For the second straight season, the coaches unanimously voted to create a special spot for him on the all-county team. Pagnotta led the league in ground balls (187), while also winning .727 percent of faceoffs (248-for-341). He also added 11 goals and two assists on offense.
During his career, Pagnotta won 678 of 967 faceoffs — a 70 percent clip — while adding 24 goals and nine assists for the Gladiators who have amassed a 52-7 overall record with three state title appearances in that time.
Paul Bennett, Marriotts Ridge senior. A repeat first-team selection, Bennett again proved why he has been one of the top defenders in the county over the past three seasons. Standing at 6-foot-4, his reach allowed him to create turnovers and made life hard for offensive players even when they were able to get around him on the first move.
"Paul was the most dominating defensive player in the county this past season," coach Tony Incontrera said. "I've never seen a player that could not only dislodge the ball from an opponent on a consistent basis, but could also take the stick from him just as easily."
Unfortunately, Bennett's career came to a premature end when he tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, as well as meniscus, in his knee during a late-season contest. In just 10 games, he was able to secure 74 ground balls and cause 49 turnovers.