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2019 Baltimore-area boys lacrosse players to watch

Shane Carr

Severna Park, senior, goalie

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How many Baltimore-area teams can boast an experienced goalie who has never lost a start? One – the Falcons. Set to start his third varsity season, Carr is always ready for everything that comes his way with detailed preparation and uncanny instincts as a shot blocker. His communication and distribution skills follow to bring utmost confidence for the Falcons, who have banked on his fine play in the past two of their three straight state titles. In his 15 starts last season, Carr allowed just over four goals per game, stopping 121 shots with a 66 percent save rate.

Christian Etchison

Westminster, senior, midfielder

What did Etchison not do in leading the Owls to the Class 3A state championship last season? The standout midfielder, a McDonogh transfer, finished with 36 goals and 34 assists, scooped up 56 ground balls, played when the Owls were up a man and also when they were down a man. In their 12-8 win over Northern-Calvert in the title game, he never left the field. His fine two-way play earned him Player of the Year honors in Carroll County and the Owls expect much of the same and more this season.

Jake Furman

Hereford, junior, attackman

The multidimensional attackman has set a torrid scoring pace in his first two varsity seasons, accumulating 97 goals and 69 assists. He’s a dynamic dodger who overcomes extra attention from opposing defenses with a keen sense of when to shoot or pass. Furman can set up everywhere on attack — outside, inside, at the top or behind the cage — to get the best possible matchup and he consistently produces. Last season, he totaled 100 points (55 goals, 45 assists) in leading the Bulls to the Class 2A title game.

Brendan Grimes

Boys’ Latin, junior, attackman

After a fine freshman year, Grimes took his game to another level with a sensational 61-goal, 13-assist sophomore season to earn All-Metro first-team honors. Expect even more this season as he enters as the area’s most dominant offensive threat with unmatched athleticism, dynamic skills and a wicked lefty shot. The Johns Hopkins commit is rated the No. 2 recruit nationally by Inside Lacrosse among the 2020 class and takes 97 goals and 27 assists into the season.

Cole Herbert

Calvert Hall, junior, midfielder

Strong, athletic and highly skilled, Herbert brings steady and often dominant play as one of the area’s top two-way midfielders. In earning All-Metro second-team honors last season, he finished with 30 goals and 19 assists while proving equally effective when the Cardinals didn’t have the ball. Set to begin his third varsity season, he’s ready to do even more with his ability to make a positive mark on a game in so many ways. He goes into the season with 40 goals and 27 assists in his first two seasons.

Colin Kelley

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Marriotts Ridge, senior, goalie

The All-Metro second-team selection, set to become a four-year starter, has impressively developed alongside the program, which captured its first Class 2A state title last spring. Always a clutch shot blocker — he stopped 141 shots (.650 save percentage) in leading the Mustangs to a 17-2 record last season — and has completed his game with fine distribution and leadership. His positive approach and confidence rubs off on teammates. The Mercer commit ranks second in program history with 486 career saves.

Conner Madsen

Patterson Mill, senior, midfielder

From start to finish, the versatile midfielder was the catalyst in the program’s first Class 1A state championship. Last season, the four-year varsity player was strong on faceoffs (61 percent) and his downhill dodging skills and field sense led to 33 goals and 29 assists. Madsen, who was the C. Markland Kelly Award winner in Class 1A, enjoyed a three-goal, two-assists performance in the Huskies’ 18-8 win over Smithsburg for the state crown. He is a quality leader who makes teammates around him better,

Grant Mitchell

Calvert Hall, senior, midfielder

Every championship team has a player who’s always in the right spot, consistently providing steady play with the ability to also change the game in the important minutes. Mitchell is that player for the two-time defending MIAA A champion Cardinals. The Ohio State commit, who scored a game-high three goals in the Cardinals’ 8-6 win over Boys’ Latin in the title game, finished with 30 goals and 18 assists in earning All-Metro first-team honors last season.

Liam Powderly

McDonogh, senior, attackman

Along with his high skills with the ball and fine efficiency, the All-Metro second-team selection brings incredible competitiveness that rubs off on teammates. Set to become a three-year starter, he has great instincts around the goal to find space for his own shot or to feed others. Coming off an 18-goal, 28-assist junior season, he’ll be leaned on heavily to initiate the attack and provide leadership. Also a standout golfer, he earned a scholarship to play that sport at Virginia.

Mason Woodward

St. Paul’s, senior, long-stick midfielder

Expected to see time as a long pole, a close defenseman and also out on the wing for faceoffs, the All-Metro second-team selection won’t be leaving the field much in his third varsity season. Woodward brings game-changing skills between the lines with his fine takeaway skills, able to get the Crusaders from defense to offense in an instant. Last season, he finished with 36 ground balls, 25 caused turnovers with two goals and five assists. A team captain, he runs all day — in games and practices — to set a positive tone.

Other notables

Leighton Bechdel, Towson

Gable Braun, McDonogh

Alex Breschi, Loyola Blakefield

Jo Jo Bright, Edmondson

Rodrick Brown, City

Jeff Bruner, Howard

Chase Buckwalter, Westminster

Talon Campbell, Reservoir

Michael Doughty, Glenelg

Vinny Facciponti, Broadneck

Ricky Fedorchak, Marriotts Ridge

Blake Gable, Boys’ Latin

John-Gage Collier, Annapolis Area Christian

Michael Harmeyer, Severna Park

Keegan Houser, Broadneck

Jon Jarosz, Severn

Daniel Kelly, Calvert Hall

Noah Klein, Gilman

Jack Koras, Loyola Blakefield

CJ Kovalsky, Gerstell

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Ian Krampf, St. Mary’s

Peter Krawczyk, Centennial

Ethan Little, C. Milton Wright

Bubba Love, Westminster

Henri Marindin, John Carroll

Andrew Milani, St. Paul’s

Charles Pitt, Mervo

Tyler Reiff, Glenelg

Jordan Remeto, John Carroll

Jack Sawyer, Calvert Hall

Will Sherwood, Archbishop Spalding

Stafford Smith, Centennial

Cameron Spencer, Boys’ Latin

Ben Stephanos, Howard

Alex Wicks, St. Mary’s

Dylan Wolfe, Chesapeake-AA

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