Player of the Year: Christine Nairn, Archbishop Spalding
No player in the area wasmore dangerous with the ballthan Nairn, who completed astellar four-year career with27 goals and 13 assists in hersenior season.
Nairn's goals could comefrom anywhere in theCavaliers' offensive third, andshe was equally adept atfeathering passes to set upteammates. Her four-yearcontributions helped put theSpalding program on the mapin the strong InterscholasticAthletic Association of
Maryland A Conference, asthe Cavaliers reached the titlegame in 2005, captured theirfirst championship last seasonand reached the semifinalsthis fall.
A three-time All-Metroselection and two-timeParade All-American, Nairnfinished her career with aprogram-best 70 goals and37 assists.
"Christine not only is agreat scorer, but is aconsummate playmaker aswell. Using her knowledge ofthe game and making use ofher incredible passing,dribbling and shooting skills,she makes everyone aroundher better," Spalding coachBob Dieterle said. "She readsthe field, the game, heropponents and herteammates better than anyplayer I've seen."
Nairn, an under-17 U.S.national team pool player, isset to play at Penn State nextyear.
Karen Blocker, Archbishop Spalding
The repeat All-Metro selection startedall 81 games the Cavaliers played over thecourse of her stellar four-year career inwhich she went 64-8-9 with 57 shutouts.
Agile and technically sound, Blocker, ateam captain, went 18-2-1 this season with17 shutouts and five goals allowed, asSpalding reached the InterscholasticAthletic Association of Maryland AConference semifinals. The Cavaliers, witha defense dominated by underclassmen,relied on Blocker's poise and vocalleadership that helped keep the backorganized.
In her four years, Blocker wasinstrumental in the Cavaliers' rise to the topechelon of the area's most powerfulleague. Included was a 37-game unbeatenstreak (34-0-3) that began with a 19-0-2season last year and extended through themajority of this season. Blocker will playsoccer at Liberty next year.
Allyson Carey, John Carroll
After mostly playing forward in her firstthree seasons, Carey made a smoothadjustment to the middle of the field, whereshe controlled play at center midfield orthe stopper position. She finished theseason with a team-high 12 goals to gowith four assists, but the biggest impact shemade was the stability she provided for thePatriots, who reached the IAAM AConference semifinals. Combiningathleticism, speed, strength and good fieldsense, the team captain was hard to getpast and equally impressive with the ball.
A member of two IAAM championshipteams in her freshman and sophomoreseasons, Carey finished her career with43 goals and 26 assists. One of thecountry's top lacrosse recruits, she will playthat sport at Vanderbilt next year.
Amanda Carta, St. Vincent Pallotti
The No. 2 Panthers didn't have thesame offensive firepower as last year whenthey reached their first IAAM AConference title game, but they did haveCarta. The repeat All-Metro selectionposted three consecutive 1-0 playoffshutouts to lead Pallotti to its firstconference championship.
The senior finished the season with an11-5-2 mark that included nine shutoutsand 92 saves.
Combining smart positioning andfearless play, Carta was always right whereshe needed to be. Her consistent play gaveher teammates added confidence, whichwas never more apparent than when itcounted most. Seeded fifth, the Panthersknocked off Institute of Notre Dame andtop-seeded John Carroll before edgingMcDonogh in the title game.
Carta is deciding between Towson andSt. John's.
Monica Fischer, Fallston
Fast and crafty with the ball, the junioremerged as a go-to player as the Cougarsenjoyed a 16-1-1 season that included theUpper Chesapeake Bay AthleticConference championship.
A three-year starter, Fischer had25 goals and nine assists this season andproved to be a model of consistency. Shehad a goal or an assist in 14 of the team's18 games, enjoying one four-goal gameand four three-goal games.
Equally impressive was Fischer's abilityto make her teammates better. Whenopponents made it a priority to stopFischer by sending additional defendersher way, she was able to find openteammates for scoring chances.
Mara Hauf, Institute of Notre Dame
No player in the area better epitomizedher team than Hauf, who, at 4 feet 11, wasthe heart of an overachieving Indians teamthat went 14-5-1 in the talented IAAM AConference.
The senior midfielder and team captainbrought endless energy, honed skills andoverwhelming desire every time shestepped on the field.
Hauf, who was named the BaltimoreCity Player of the Year, brought acomplete package by setting the tempo onoffense while remaining responsible ondefense. A four-year starter, she had threegoals and nine assists this season to finishher career with 25 goals and 15 assists.
Wanting to pursue a career in nursing,Hauf is not sure whether she will continueplaying soccer in college.
Gigi Mangione, McDonogh
A strong contributor in her first twoseasons, the junior took her game to ahigher level this fall with skills, endlessenergy and grit that led the No.3 Eagles(16-5-2) to the IAAM A Conferencechampionship game.
Mangione, who also saw time atforward, was equally adept at scoring andsetting up teammates, finishing the seasonwith 13 goals and nine assists to be named
Baltimore County Player of the Year.
Offensive numbers aside, Mangione'shard work and smart decisions with the ballprovided the Eagles with a steadyinginfluence that proved just as valuable.Among the season highlights forMangione was a game-winning goal inovertime against Pallotti in the regularseason.
Randall Marshall, St. Vincent Pallotti
Bringing a strong physical presence atthe stopper position, Marshall was countedon to control the flow of a game andprovide poise in the middle of the field forthe Panthers. In the IAAM A Conferenceplayoffs, the team captain also proved tobe a clutch performer at the offensive end.
After scoring the game-winning goal ina 1-0 overtime win against John Carroll inthe semifinals, Marshall put away asecond-half goal against McDonogh thatgave the Panthers a 1-0 win and theconference championship.
A two-year starter who transferredfrom Laurel High, the senior finished theseason with three goals and one assist. Sheis undecided on a college.
Erica Page, Archbishop Spalding
The standout junior, who finished with19 goals and nine assists, makes the jumpto the first team after earning second-teamhonors last year.
Size, speed and a knack for finishing offchances made her one of the toughestmarks in the area. Page was able to breakdown defenders off the dribble or score offcrosses, also proving to be a capabledistributor. Seven of her goals ended up asgame-winners.
Despite playing a good part of herfreshman season as a defender, Page willenter her senior season next fall with40 goals and 15 assists.
Molly Stryker, C. Milton Wright
Asked about the specific strengths ofStryker, a junior sweeper, C.Milton Wrightcoach Paul Austin had a lengthy list thatstarted with the intensity and smooth playshe constantly brought to the field.
With good size and speed, Stryker wasthe focal point on defense of a team thatposted seven shutouts and allowed just13 goals in a 13-5-1 season that ended witha trip to the Class 4A state championshipgame. The Mustangs played QuinceOrchard to a 0-0 tie through overtimebefore losing on penalty kicks.
Stryker, a team captain, was thecalming influence of the Mustangs' backline. She made smart decisions, was sureon tackles and was able to distribute afterwinning balls. As a freshman, she wascalled up from the junior varsity midwaythrough the season and played a role in theMustangs' state championship team in2005.
Erica Suter, River Hill
The repeat All-Metro selection closedout a fine four-year career with 19 goalsand six assists to lead the No. 1 Hawks totheir second straight state championship.
Suter became the team's go-to playeron offense this season, dominating the leftside with the ability to take on a defenderone-on-one, get to goal and finish offscoring chances with poise. She put awaythe team's biggest goals, scoring theovertime game-winner in the Hawks' 2-1win over Eastern Tech in the Class 2Astate championship game and doing thesame in a 4-3 win over Centennial tocapture the Howard County title. River Hillcoach Brian Song also said Suter was a bighelp tracking back on defense.
A four-year starter, Suter finished hercareer with 52 goals and 26 assists. Shehas committed to play soccer at JohnHopkins next fall.
Brittany Yancey, River Hill
The standout junior proved to be aregular source of offense for the Class 2Astate champion Hawks. She was able tosupply it in a number of ways bydominating from her right midfield position.Yancey used her exceptional speed andskills to win the right side and send balls inthe middle or finish off scoring chances,ending up with 15 goals and 12 assists.
She first earned a starting job in themiddle of her freshman season and hasbeen an asset ever since, playing her bestin the big games.
Yancey earned the assist off a cornerkick on game-winning goal in overtime inthe state championship game, and alsoscored three goals in the Hawks' 4-3 winover Centennial in the Howard Countychampionship game.
Name, School, Year, Position
Jessica Nonn Catonsville Sr. Forward
Jenna Quaranta John Carroll Sr. Forward
Colby Rhea McDonogh Jr. Forward
Faryn Watts Wilde Lake Jr. Forward
Cassie Cooke Winters Mill Jr. Midfield
Peyton Johnson Catonsville Soph. Midfield
Larkin Nixon Glenelg Sr. Midfield
Samantha Novy Severna Park Sr. Midfield
Elsa Wu Centennial Sr. Midfield
Amy Olson Arundel Sr. Defense
Amy Song River Hill Jr. Defense
Jocelyn Papciak Atholton Sr. Goalie
Honorable mention: Jazzmine Chandler, Pallotti;Katie Cloud, Severna Park; Brittany Dashiell,John Carroll; Jamie Fahey, Loch Raven; MeganGibbons, McDonogh; Victoria Gustitis, Fallston;Eboney Hutt, McDonogh; Alayna Markwordt,Glenelg; Sarah Mather, Maryvale; Sarah Pfundstein,South River; Katie Schwarzmann, Century;Amber Womack, Eastern Tech.
Note: Teams selected by Glenn Graham afterconsultation with The Sun staff and areacoaches.