Player of the Year: Carey Fetting-Smith, Bryn Mawr
Scoring the game-winning goal in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship simply added to an already impressive Fetting-Smith resume. A member of the U.S. Under-21 national team and a first-team All-American last year, she is twice first-team All-Metro and All-State as well as this year's All- Baltimore City/County Player of the Year. Her leadership at center midfield helped propel a rebuilt Mawrtians team to 20-0-2 and the No. 2 ranking. She excelled in every facet of the game, contributing 11 goals and 15 assists while also playing a key role on defense. "She's a player who has reached such high levels that she's a role model for the younger players," said Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik. Fetting-Smith has narrowed her college prospects to a few top-level Division I programs.
Coach of the Year: Laura Gerrior, South River
Five years ago, the Seahawks won just one game and then, Gerrior came to the rescue. In the past four years, the Anne Arundel County Coach of the Year has built one of the area's top field hockey programs. Providing stability, emphasizing the basics and building an enthusiastic tradition, the Broadneck High and Lock Haven (Pa.) University grad guided the Seahawks to the state Class 3A crown this fall. The Seahawks also upset perennial county power Severna Park en route to a 15-3-2 record and the No. 6 ranking. "The main key is consistency in coaching, and getting better athletes is very important," Gerrior said. With a surplus of talent on the South River girls soccer team, Gerrior steered underclassmen toward field hockey and taught them the game from scratch.
Molly Ahearn, St. Paul's
A powerful midfield presence, Ahearn controlled the middle for the No. 4 Gators (17-3), who spent two weeks at No. 1 and suffered each of their losses by a single goal. Few could match the junior's fearlessness, determination and relentlessness. Ahearn, a second-team All-Metro selection last season, excelled at both ends of the field, contributing two goals and five assists while playing a major role in the Gators' nine shutouts. A key defender in the open field and on penalty corners, she made five saves on the goal line. A first-team All-State selection, Ahearn played for Team Maryland at the Hockey Festival.
Nicki Barnes, Severna Park
The Anne Arundel County Player of the Year and a repeat All-Metro forward, Barnes has never played on a Falcons field hockey team that did not win a state title. The senior wing spent three years razzling and dazzling her way down the left side, scoring in bunches and playing a major role in the Falcons' continued dominance of Class 4A. Barnes (20 goals, 10 assists) scored in every game but five as the No. 1 Falcons went 18-2 and captured their fourth straight state crown and 13th overall. Also a second-team All-Metro lacrosse player, Barnes has signed to play lacrosse at North Carolina.
Elaine Belitsos, St. Paul's
A second-team All-Metro pick last season, Belitsos was the seasoned veteran on a Gators line that graduated much of its scoring. She helped fill the void and played a strong leadership role as a balanced attack quickly emerged. An all-around threat to score, Belitsos combined exceptional skill with strong offensive instincts to stand out. Her smooth stick skills and speed enabled her to score 13 goals and contribute seven assists. However, Belitsos also contributed defensively, never hesitating to cover back when necessary. A first-team All-State selection, she was co-captain of the Team Maryland Riptide.
Kelli Bowerman, Severna Park
The director of the state champion and No. 1 Falcons' talented defense, Bowerman brought excellent stickwork, powerful and accurate drives and a calm demeanor to her center position in back. She anchored a unit that posted 11 shutouts, won a record 13th state title in a 3-1 victory over Walt Whitman and also claimed its 22nd Anne Arundel County title. The junior connected with teammates on 87 of the 116 free hits she took this season. She also played a key role offensively on penalty corners, scoring three goals and assisting on another. Bowerman, a Team Maryland member, was named first-team All-State.
Emily Chamelin, Westminster
The junior goalie admitted that she sometimes made "everybody's heart stop" with her aggressive play, but it paid off for the No. 6 Owls. The Carroll County Player of the Year allowed just 14 goals, registered 74 saves and posted nine shutouts this fall. The state semifinal game -- a heartbreaking shootout loss to Walt Whitman -- showcased her aggressive style as she made 20 saves. Chamelin made three deflections to preserve a 3-2 regional semifinal shootout victory over C. Milton Wright. In Central Maryland Conference play during the regular season, she allowed only one goal.
Jackie Colacicco, South River
No player better epitomized the Seahawks' rise to state Class 3A champions better than Colacicco, who went from never picking up a stick to Anne Arundel County's most dominant midfielder in her four years. The senior brought unmatched athleticism to the middle of the field, scoring nine goals and dishing out 15 assists. She saved some of her best for last in the Seahawks' 3-1 state-title victory over Long Reach, scoring the team's final goal in the second half. In the regional final, she assisted on the goal that dethroned defending state champ Fallston, 1-0. Colacicco will play lacrosse in college, signing early with Delaware.
Raina Edelstein, South River
The senior's consistency and leadership anchored a defense that emerged as one of the driving forces behind a slew of South River milestones, including its first regional and state titles as well as its first win over Anne Arundel County foe Severna Park. Edelstein led a unit that posted 11 shutouts and allowed just 13 goals all season. Seahawks coach Laura Gerrior said Edelstein was "like a wall" back there, giving her team a certain comfort level to pressure the ball more up front. Fast and relentless, Edelstein was always to the ball first. She has signed with American University to play lacrosse.
Brandi Franks, Long Reach
Howard County's leading scorer had an outstanding season, registering 15 goals and 13 assists as the Lightning made a second straight trip to the state Class 3A final. A complete player showcasing her ability to read the field as well as excelling as a finisher, Franks didn't miss a beat after moving from forward to midfield. She increased her endurance and eased into a larger defensive role. In the state semifinal victory over Great Mills, she tied the game in regulation and hit her penalty stroke in the shootout. A second-team All- State selection, Franks co-captained the Team Maryland Riptide.
Sarah Guynn, Francis Scott Key
Opponents weren't duped by Guynn's size for long. Although the senior midfielder was usually one of the shortest players on the field, the Eagles' attack went through the two-time All-Carroll County selection. With nine goals and three assists, the team captain propelled No. 9 Francis Scott Key (10-3-1) to its first Carroll County crown since 1988. Her goal in a 1-0 victory over Liberty clinched the title for the Eagles. With an aggressive style, she usually controlled the ball in the middle, catalyzing the Eagles on transition. A member of Team Maryland, Guynn earned honorable-mention All- State status.
Allison Higgins, Roland Park
An exceptional finesse player, Higgins led the IAAM A Conference finalist and No. 3 Reds (16-5-3) in scoring with 13 goals and five assists. She missed the first two weeks of the season with a nagging injury, but her leadership and confidence proved invaluable to the Reds' attack as soon as she returned. Her speed and impressive stickwork enabled the senior left inner to move the ball easily downfield as well as to finish. She also showed strong defensive skills, the ability to cut back and take the ball from an opponent. A two-time All-Metro and All-State selection, Higgins has signed to play lacrosse at North Carolina.
Kristina Schwarz, Glenelg
The Howard County Player of the Year led the No. 5 Gladiators (15-2) to the state Class 1A semifinals for the second straight year. Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid called Schwarz "by far, the best player I've ever coached." With excellent skills and field sense, the senior controlled the midfield and contributed 10 goals and seven assists. She excelled at moving the ball quickly with her ability to dribble past two or three defenders or deliver a powerful pass across the field. Schwartz, a first-team All- State player and a Team Maryland member, is being recruited by several top-notch Division I field hockey programs.
Sarah Sanborn, Bryn Mawr
A four-year varsity starter, Sanborn was key to a Mawrtians defense that allowed just three goals all season and posted 19 shutouts. Her leadership as part of a small core of veterans helped rebuild the Mawrtians into an unbeaten team. As Bryn Mawr made its drive to the IAAM A Conference Tournament title, the defense notched shutouts in its final 11 games. A skilled player with outstanding speed, Sanborn proved instrumental in breaking up opponents' penalty corners as well as intercepting and breaking through with the ball. She could also score, contributing two goals and five assists.
Betsy Shapiro, Park
The junior goalie was the heart of a defense that led the Bruins to their best season since returning to A level play in 1994. Shapiro recovered from a late-season injury to lead the No. 8 Bruins (11-1-6) to the IAAM A Conference semifinals. For the season, she made 88 saves and allowed just nine goals, posting a 91 save percentage. Shapiro, who had six shutouts during an unbeaten regular season, made 38 of her saves in the Bruins' two tournament games. She stopped 21 shots in a 2-1 overtime quarterfinal victory vs. Notre Dame Prep, and then had 17 saves in the semifinal sudden-death shootout loss to Roland Park.
Kelsey Twist, Roland Park
An All-Metro defender last season, Twist proved equally dominating in the midfield this season. An overwhelming presence on the field with her physical play and strong skills, she made it nearly impossible for opponents to move the ball through the middle against the IAAM A Conference finalist Reds. She scored 10 goals to go with four assists. Twist was named first-team All-State for the second straight year. Also an All- Metro lacrosse player, she has signed with Stanford, where she will play lacrosse.