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•Widely regarded as the best defenseman in Carroll County, the senior also is turning heads statewide, earning recognition as second-team All-State on the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association preseason team.
•The senior can score in bunches. He produced 62 goals and 30assists in leading the Eagles to the Class 3A-2A state semifinals last spring.
•Calvert Hall, midfield-attack
•The versatile senior brings creativity and a determined approach wherever he plays. He finished with 51 goals, 13 assists and 72 ground balls in earning first-team All-Metro honors last year.
•The three-year starter brings size, speed and athleticism to anchor the Eagles' defense. Set to play at Brown, Ford also has the ability to play long-pole midfield or close defense.
•Combining gifted skills and a tenacious approach, the North Carolina-bound senior is the glue to the Greyhounds' talented attack. He had 34 goals, 34assists and 54 ground balls in earning first-team All-Metro honors last year.
•Severna Park, attack
•The Navy-bound senior, a three-sport standout who also played quarterback and point guard, possesses athleticism, leadership and crafty skills. Jones is coming off a junior season of 35goals and 29 assists.
•Calvert Hall, defense
•The senior brings stellar play and a strong organizing voice as the area's most dominant defenseman. Set to play at Johns Hopkins next year, the first-team All-Metro pick is always up to the task of marking the opponent's top scoring threat.
•River Hill, midfield
•The junior, who produced 50 goals and 15 assists last season, is the Hawks' offensive catalyst with the ability to score and distribute. Marlatt has made an early commitment to Notre Dame.
•St. Mary's, midfield
•The 6-foot-4 junior is big, strong and fast and has emerging skills that could enable him to dominate every facet of the game. McNeill, a standout three-sport athlete, has decided to play lacrosse at North Carolina.
•As the Greyhounds' only starter back on defense, the Virginia-bound senior, who scooped up 89 ground balls last season, will be leaned on heavily to provide stability, leadership and his usual standout play.
OTHER NOTABLES: Tyler Adelsberger, Calvert Hall; Cory Anderlik, Century; Alex Bement, Loyola; Matt Burke, Archbishop Spalding; Skip Clarey, Catonsville; Tyler Cockey, Century; Adam Cohen, Severn; Tom Collup, South Carroll; Kevin Cooper, Archbishop Spalding; Stew D'Ambrogi, Severn; Nick DePaola, Hereford; Nick Doub, St. Mary's; Greg Dutton, Calvert Hall; Greg Edmonds, Centennial; Davey Emala, Gilman; Kyle Fendlay, Winters Mill; Sean Fitzgerald, Arundel; Rob Fitzpatrick, Loyola; Patrick Foster, Boys' Latin; Tyler Frederick, McDonogh; Ryan Gutowski, Calvert Hall; Jason Gonos, St. Mary's; Matt Gregoire, South River; Brian Hess, McDonogh; Curtis Holmes, McDonogh; Connor Hunt, Severna Park; Shane Jaeger, Centennial; Sean Konkolics, Hereford; Harry Krieger, St. Paul's; Ben Love, Winters Mill; Jason McFadden, Calvert Hall; Pat Mull, Fallston; Eric Natale, Westminster; Joey Placek, Atholton; Sean Price, Severna Park; Jack Rice, Boys' Latin; Tony Rossi, Calvert Hall; Dan Shonfeld, Marriotts Ridge; Ryan Strasdauskas, Fallston; Alex Taylor, Glenelg; Christian Walsh, Boys' Latin; Cody Walter, North Carroll; Michael Ward, Howard; Kyle Williams, Marriotts Ridge; Alex Williamson, Dulaney; Dalton Yohn, South Carroll