Ballo was again one of the most dominant players in the area. The junior controlled the back line for the Friars but did not hesitate to move forward as well. Ballo often neutralized the opposition's top playmaker.coach of the year
TAYLOR BRUMMITT Annapolis, forward
Brummitt was regarded as one of the most dangerous forwards in the metro area because of his natural finishing ability. The senior was a team captain who scored 20 goals and had six assists during Annapolis' 11-game county schedule. He led the county in scoring for the second consecutive year.
ZACH KANE Perry Hall, goalkeeper
Kane, regarded as one of the top goalies in the state, allowed only six goals all season, helping Perry Hall to a 17-3 record. The senior stopped two penalty kicks in a shootout in the Class 4A state semifinals against Magruder.
GEATON CALTABIANO Mount St. Joseph, midfield
Caltabiano, one of the area's most gifted midfielders, helped Mount St. Joseph reach the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game against top-ranked McDonogh. The dynamic junior has a deft touch and is expected to be highly recruited next season.
PHIL MARTINELLI Marriotts Ridge, forward
Martinelli was the dominant player on Howard County's most dominant team. The senior had 15 goals and 11 assists, leading the team in both categories. Martinelli had either a goal or an assist in 14 of the 17 games Marriotts Ridge played this season. He also scored some of the team's biggest goals. Martinelli had two goals in the regional championship victory over River Hill. He bent a free kick around the wall for the first goal in the county championship game against the Hawks.
JOE MEYER McDonogh, defense
Meyer was an integral cog in the tough McDonogh defense and has exceptional skill for a defender. The junior helped the Eagles record 16 shutouts this season and will be part of what might be an even tougher McDonogh squad next season.
GARRETT NICKLES Mount Hebron, midfield
Nickles was one of the top playmakers in Howard County. The senior also scored some of Mount Hebron's biggest goals this season, including a header against River Hill in the regional playoffs. Nickles has committed to play at Duquesne next season.
JIMMY NUGENT Parkville, forward
Nugent was one of the most explosive forwards in the area. The senior often had the attention of three and sometimes four defenders. Nonetheless, he scored some of Parkville's biggest goals, including the game-winner in the Baltimore County championship game, and finished with 23 goals and 12 assists.
DAVID VAETH Patapsco, midfield
Vaeth led Patapsco to a 9-4-2 record with 16 goals and 12 assists this season. The senior finished his four-year varsity career with 42 goals and 30 assists. He will play at UMBC next season.
JOE VIDMAR McDonogh, defense
Vidmar played a crucial role in McDonogh's stellar defense and helped the Eagles win their second consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship. Vidmar was a tough marking back who also was not afraid to make dangerous runs in the offensive third of the field. The senior has committed to play at Virginia Tech next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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Note: Teams selected by Todd Karpovich after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.