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Boys' Latin goalie Chris Brandau makes a first half save against St. Mary's last season.
Boys' Latin goalie Chris Brandau makes a first half save against St. Mary's last season. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Chris Brandau

Boys’ Latin, senior, goalie

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Brandau’s success starts with his detailed preparation — studying shooters’ tendencies and understanding the Lakers’ defensive concepts — and consistently fine play follows. He earned All-Metro second-team honors in his first season as a starter last year, finishing with 201 saves in leading the Lakers to the MIAA A semifinals. In addition to being a terrific shot blocker, Brandau’s precise distribution on outlet passes gets the Lakers going in transition.

Matt Brandau

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Boys' Latin, senior, attackman

There’s something about having a player you can trust when the ball in his stick, and that’s Brandau for the Lakers. The All-Metro first-team pick, entering his fourth varsity season, is poised, gritty, consistent and smart with a knack for wanting to make the difference. The Yale commit finished with 36 goals and 34 assists to lead the Lakers in scoring last season.

Josh Coffman

Severna Park, senior, midfielder

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The across-the-board excellence Coffman has shown at midfield has been vital in the Falcons’ two straight Class 4A-3A state championships. The All-Metro second-team pick has a natural feel for the game that enables him to do whatever is necessary for the benefit of the team. Last season, the Maryland commit had 38 goals, 22 assists, 31 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers. Look for even more leadership from Coffman this season after some of last year’s key players graduated.

BJ Farrare

McDonogh, senior, midfielder

Set to be a four-year starter, the two-time All-Metro pick is a game-changer in the middle of the field. With his speed, athleticism and versatility, he affects a game in several ways playing either long-stick or short-stick. The Penn commit finished with 52 ground balls last season, and his dynamic play creates quick transitions that lead to fastbreak opportunities. 

Dylan Gergar

Severn, senior, attackman

Creative and explosive with the ball, the senior is one of the area’s most dangerous offensive threats. A slashing dodger with a high motor to make plays, he’ll be looking to build off his 70-goal, 30-assist breakthrough junior season. With the graduation of fellow standouts Mike Lamon and Ben Bedard, Gergar will have to overcome extra attention with game plans geared toward containing him.

Jacob Kelly

Calvert Hall, senior, attackman

With impeccable game sense and the skills and grit to match, Kelly, last year’s All-Metro Player of the Year, is the area’s most complete player and leader. He sets a poised and positive tone for the defending MIAA A champion Cardinals with his versatility. Last season, the North Carolina commit scored 47 goals, had 44 assists and collected 42 ground balls, all team highs.

Felix Knorr

Howard, senior, midfielder

Knorr won 71 percent of the faceoffs he took in his sophomore year, so what did he do from there? He continued to work on his craft and went on to win 248 draws at an 81 percent rate last season. The Towson commit consistently gives the Lions the ball, and with it comes momentum and confidence. His work doesn’t stop at the faceoff X; he also led Howard County with 191 ground balls last season.

Ian Krampf

St. Mary’s, junior, attackman

It speaks volumes that Krampf was chosen a captain as a sophomore last year, and even more impressive is the season he went on to enjoy in leading the Saints back to the MIAA A playoffs. In earning All-Metro second-team honors, he finished with 62 goals, 21 assists and 45 ground balls. With the Saints down a goal late in the regular-season finale and needing a win for a playoff bid, Krampf scored three unanswered goals to rally St. Mary’s to victory.

Scott Middleton

Hereford, senior, midfielder

An All-Metro second-team pick at long pole, Middleton is a highly skilled grinder on defense that opposing attacks try to avoid. Set to be a four-year starter for the Bulls, he’ll be leaned again on to quarterback the defense with his fine game sense. He takes faceoffs, thrives on man-down situations and finished last season with 128 ground balls and 48 takeaways. Middleton in the centerpiece for the Bulls, who will be looking to surpass last year’s state semifinal showing.

Chris Smith

McDonogh, senior, defenseman

The latest from a long list of standout defensemen at McDonogh, the All-Metro first-team selection has a handful of qualities that cause trouble for opposing attacks. Set to become a three-year starter, he brings agility, toughness and is relentless in containing the opponents’ top attackman. Smith was a major part in the Eagles allowing under eight goals per game against MIAA A competition last season.

Other notables

Dyson Adams, Towson

Taylor Bohanon, St. Mary’s

Piper Bond, Gilman

Jude Brown, John Carroll

Mark Bruner, Howard

Chase Cope, Severna Park

Miles Crouse, Perry Hall

Ryan Dunn, Loyola Blakefield

Andrew Duswalt, South River

Sean Greeley, Havre de Grace

Brendan Grimes, Boys’ Latin

Nick Hapney, St. Paul’s

Seth Higgins, Gerstell

Andrew Hurdle, McDonogh

Luke Ingersoll, Marriotts Ridge

Sam Jaudon, Catonsville

Collin Kelley, Marriotts Ridge

Noah Klein, Gilman

Alec Kozlowski, Westminster

Jake Krieger, John Carroll

Bubba Love, Westminster

Pat Martinek, Northeast

Niklas McFarland, Archbishop Spalding

Brendan McKenna, River Hill

Owen McManus, Friends

Ryan Messer, C. Milton Wright

JD Nozemack, Hereford

Kian Olexo, Severn

Scott Olin, Fallston

Alex Reid, Loyola Blakefield

Tyler Reiff, Glenelg

Henry Reitz, Severn

Will Schmidt, Dulaney

Jack Simmons, McDonogh

Brandon Smith, Archbishop Curley

Garrett Snyder, Mount Hebron

Matthew Stidham, Dulaney

Andrew Taylor, Fallston

Michael Ubriaco, Boys’ Latin

George Walsh, Calvert Hall

Jeremy Wilson, Centennial

Chris Yanchoris, Century

Logan Zimnoch, St. Paul’s

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