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