All-Amer­i­can his­tory

La Plata ris­ing se­nior be­comes first player in county to re­ceive honor

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Dur­ing his ju­nior year last fall, Bent­ley LeBar­ron was the an­chor in the La Plata boys soc­cer team’s goalie box, keep­ing the ship steady as the War­riors ad­vanced all the way to the Class 2A state cham­pi­onship game.

In the spring he pro­vided a sim­i­lar pres­ence play­ing as a mid­fielder for the War­riors’ boys lacrosse team, as it fin­ished as the top Charles County squad to cap­ture the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s Po­tomac Divi­sion crown.

Now en­ter­ing his se­nior year at La Plata, LeBar­ron re­cently added a tremen­dous in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lade to his list of ac­com­plish­ments as he was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-Amer­i­can ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Lacrosse web­site.

The War­riors mid­fielder was among 450 play­ers na­tion­wide hon­ored as such, and is the first player from Charles County to ever re­ceive the All-Amer­i­can recog­ni­tion.

The play­ers, cho­sen from 68 U.S. Lacrosse chap­ters cov­er­ing 45

states across the coun­try, are se­lected by lo­cal coaches and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the chap­ter for their “su­pe­rior skills and tech­niques and ... ex­cep­tional game sense and knowl­edge.”

“It is a huge award and it means a lot to me,” said LeBar­ron. “It is great to see the growth of the La Plata pro­gram and how far Charles County lacrosse has come in gen­eral.”

When asked if he ex­pected to get rec­og­nized on such of a high level in re­gards to a lacrosse award, LeBar­ron’s re­sponded in the neg­a­tive.

“Hon­estly, no,” said LeBar­ron. “My sopho­more year I didn’t make the All-SMAC or All-County teams, but I had a strong ju­nior year and when my [La Plata] [head] coach [Kris] Bayer told me that was se­lected as an All-Amer­i­can I was very sur­prised.”

LeBar­ron, a three-year starter un­der Bayer, fin­ished with a stel­lar ju­nior cam­paign. He de­liv­ered a team-high 41 goals to go along with 15 as­sists and 30 ground­balls. He was then se­lected to the All-SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion first team and was named as the All-County Ath­lete of the Year. He also fin­ished sec­ond in vot­ing for All-SMAC Most Out­stand­ing Player in SMAC to Chris­tian Daniel of North­ern, who also was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-Amer­i­can and will play col­le­giat­ley at the Naval Academy.

“Be­ing a U.S. [Lacrosse] All-Amer­i­can is such a pres­ti­gious award for the guys that have come be­fore Ben,” said Bayer, the two-time SMAC Coach of the Year and founder of the Charles County Lacrosse Club “It is just a great honor and he has a lot showed a lot of hard work and per­se­ver­ance.”

Af­ter a break­out sea­son last spring, LeBar­ron still has un­fin­ished busi­ness and has con­tin­ued to work on his craft this sum­mer while play­ing for Hunt­ing­town head coach Pete Ker­win’s South­ern Mary­land Elite Mam­moths club team.

As a fresh­man, LeBar­ron played at­tack and the next two years turned into a po­tent mid­fielder for the War­riors. In his three years, com­bined, he has scored 88 goals, col­lected 36 as­sists and scooped up 110 ground­balls.

“It is a big ben­e­fit in be­ing ex­posed to a high level of lacrosse like Ben has, he is very te­na­cious and has a never-say-die at­ti­tude,” added Bayer. “It feels good to have a player like that for one more sea­son.”

The 17-year old LeBar­ron, who has played lacrosse for nine years, also played for the Calvert Can­nons, un­der North­ern head coach Joe Casalino, for five years through his mid­dle school years up un­til his sopho­more year in high school. He also was in­structed by Bayer through CCLC to help with his skill and devel­op­ment a early age.

“I’ve learned a lot about the sport of lacrosse and I’m just thank­ful for all the coaches for help­ing me to get to where I am to­day,” said LeBar­ron. “As a mid­fielder I look to take care of the de­fense and then on the of­fen­sive side I help cre­ate scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for my team­mates.”

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

La Plata ris­ing se­nior mid­fielder Bent­ley LeBar­ron, pic­tured tak­ing a shot ver­sus Hunt­ing­town in a play­off game in May, was re­cently named a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-Amer­i­can. He was the first player ever from Charles County to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious honor.

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