U.S. Lacrosse this week handed out its high school awards, and Carroll County had a few players that received accolades.
Westminster midfielder Levi Brodman earned Boys High School All-Academic honors, while fellow Owls midfielder Chase Buckwalter received Boys High School All-American status.
Meanwhile, Francis Scott Key coach Butch Fitzgerald earned a Boys Coach of the Year honor for the state.
Brodman, a junior, pitched in on defense for Westminster and helped the Owls go 19-0 and win the Class 3A state championship. He tallied two goals and three assists this spring.
Buckwalter stamped his senior season with 77 points (52 goals, 25 assists), which was second best in the county. He had three goals in the state semifinals, and a goal and two assists in the state final.
Buckwalter picked up more recognition when he received the C. Markland Kelly Award for Class 3A. The awards ceremony takes place the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis.
The Kelly Award is given to “the best high school lacrosse player in the state” by the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association, and companion awards are handed out for each classification as well as private schools.
Buckwalter is the third Carroll player in the last seven seasons to win a classification award — Ryan Drenner (Westminster) won in 2013 for 4A-3A, and Alex Gipe (Century) won in 2015 for 3A-2A.
Fitzgerald, who also earned Carroll County Athletic League Coach of the Year honors from his peers, led FSK to a spot in the Class 1A West Region final.
More Under Armour representation for county
There’s another Baltimore boys lacrosse all-star roster — the Command — in place for the upcoming Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic’s Underclass Games, with a few Carroll standouts on the squad.
Westminster midfielder Alex Steers is on the roster after putting together a solid freshman year as the Owls’ face-off specialist. Steers won 101 of 168 face-offs (60.1%) this spring.
Joining him from the county are Calvert Hall’s Jordan Wray (Marriottsville) and McDonogh’s Jonny Cool (Finksburg). Wray, an attackman, helped the Cardinals win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association’s “A” Conference championship this season. He also played football last fall.
Cool also played football and basketball at McDonogh in his freshman year, and he’s listed as a long-stick midfielder for the Command team.
Scott Steers, Alex’s dad and an assistant on Westminster’s coaching staff this season, will be coaching the Command team.
The underclass players who tried out but didn’t make one of the regional rosters still get to participate in front of coaches by being part of the Uncommitted Games at St. Paul’s School.
Finksburg resident Andrew Maupin (St Paul’s) is on the Class of 2022 boys team. He’s a face-off specialist who had 86 ground balls and added 11 assists.
The Girls 2022 team includes Westminster resident Shayna Brodman (Bryn Mawr) and Liberty’s Valerie Thompson, both midfielders. Thompson had 28 goals and three assists for the Lions this season.