2008 All-Metro girls lacrosse teams

Sun staff

Player of the Year
Allyson Carey, John Carroll

There isn't anything more Carey could have accomplished in her high school career.

A two-time All-Metro first-team selection, she led the Patriots to a second straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crown, an unbeaten season and the No. 1 ranking. She also has a gold medal for helping the United States win the Under-19 world championship last summer.

While the senior midfielder led the Patriots with 52 goals and tied teammate Casey Ancarrow for the team lead in points (89), her offensive production wasn't her most important contribution. Carey excelled at winning possession. She dominated draws, forced turnovers at critical moments and came up with big ground balls. With so many talented teammates, she didn't need to - nor did she want to - take over.

"She's matured as a player in the sense that she doesn't feel she needs to score goals to be successful, where younger players feel they're only doing well if they're scoring or assisting," Patriots coach Krystin Porcella said. "Her job was the midfield and she accepted that role. First, it was the center draw and then go play offense and she's always thinking, 'Where does the team need me right now?' "

In the 11-6 title-game victory over No. 3 McDonogh, Carey handled all the draws, winning six herself and helping the team win 15 of the first 16.

"She's the most complete high school player I've ever gone against," McDonogh coach Chris Robinson said. "She has height, speed, quickness, hand-eye coordination, and on top of that, she has amazing field presence. She can see the whole field and she can anticipate what's going to happen."

Carey, the Harford County Player of the Year, was selected for the regional All-Tewaaraton Team and for the Under Armour All-America game on July 12 at Towson University. Next year, she will play at Vanderbilt.

Coach of the Year
Krystin Porcella, John Carroll

The Patriots' second-year head coach guided her team to one of the most difficult accomplishments in local girls lacrosse - repeat championships in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. Not only did the Patriots win and finish No. 1, but they also went unbeaten at 18-0, a rare feat in the A Conference.

Porcella certainly had an abundance of talent, but her deft management of that talent as well as strategic game plans against nearly all of the area's toughest teams had just as much to do with the second title. She also helped her players cope with the building pressure as the season went on, especially when it started to get to them in the playoffs.

"After [the one-goal quarterfinal win over St. Paul's], we sat down and talked rather than practice. We got everything off our chests. They felt the pressure and I said, 'I do too.' We talked about taking a step back and having some fun, which is what we had been doing all year. Communicating that helped, because everyone felt it, but no one wanted to talk about it."

The Patriots went on to beat McDonogh, 11-6, in the final. Porcella, a John Carroll graduate who played lacrosse at Loyola, also credited her assistants Chelsea Ford, Danielle Markette and Erin Stiteler.

First team

Casey Ancarrow, John Carroll

Double-teamed almostevery time she had theball, the senior attackerknew how to get in positionon the crease tocatch and shoot beforeshe was smothered. Othertimes, she was quickwith the pass to find theopen player for a shot.

In every critical situation,the Patriots put theball in her hands andshe responded with 50goals and 39 assists. Inthe Interscholastic AthleticAssociation ofMaryland A Conferencetitle win over McDonogh,she had a goal andfour assists. A repeat All-Metro first team pickand a regional Tewaaratonwinner who willplay in the Under ArmourAll-America game,Ancarrow is headed forJames Madison.

Kristy Black, Glenelg

The Howard CountyPlayer of the Year brokeschool marks for careergoals (172), assists (143),points (315) and drawcontrols (221). Black, aMaryland-bound seniormidfielder, also set a statetournament record formost points (11) in a Class2A-1A title game and tiedthe all-classificationrecord with five assists inleading the No. 12 andcounty champion Gladiatorsto a 17-11 win overLoch Raven.

Black had 70 goals and58 assists but also cameup with 84 draw controlsand 66 ground balls.Skilled, unselfish andspeedy, she also came upwith key plays on the defensiveend. Named tothe regional All-Tewaaratonteam, Black will playin the Under Armour All-America game.

Kitty Cullen, McDonogh

Whenever she got apass from the defense,won a draw or picked upone of her 58 groundballs, Cullen was off tothe races. The juniormidfielder was especiallyeffective on the clear.With the ball in herstick, it easily made itinto the Eagles' attackingend and gave Cullenplenty of options in initiatingthe offense.

Her ability to hit theopen person while racingdown field opened up thetransition game for theIAAM A Conference runners-up. Cullen, who hasorally committed to Florida,was also a key cog in acrafty set offense. Shescored game-winnersagainst No. 8 St. Mary'sand No. 10 Bryn Mawr. Aspart of a balanced attack,she had 26 goals and 15assists.

Grace Gaeng, John Carroll

While teammates AllysonCarey and CaseyAncarrow were gettingmost of the attention,Gaeng was busy doing alot of the things thatdon't make headlines.The senior midfieldercould make somethingout of nothing for theIAAM A Conferencechampion and No. 1 Patriots.She could turn aground ball into a quickgoal, a draw control intoa transition break or aknock down into acaused turnover.

Opponents had to beaware of her all thetime, because she didn'tneed a set play to bedangerous. Gaeng finishedwith 46 goals, 24assists and 32 groundballs. Headed for Maryland,she will play in theUnder Armour All-America game.

Julie Gardner, Severna Park

A two-time All-Metrofirst-team pick and atwo-time Anne ArundelCounty Player of theYear, Gardner was thecenterpiece of a No. 2Falcons team that went20-0 and won its secondstraight Class 4A-3A title.The senior midfieldertook on a more defensiverole this season,lowering her scoringstats but not her game.

She often marked thetop midfield player andwas rarely beaten. A catalystin transition, Gardnerhad 53 goals and 23 assists.She scored six goalsin the 17-6 win over Catonsvillethat capped atwo-year 40-0 run for theFalcons. A member of theregional Tewaaratonteam who will play in theUnder Armour All-Americagame, Gardner isheaded for Virginia.

Karri Ellen Johnson, Broadneck

As an All-Metro firstteampick last seasonand veteran of the worldchampion U.S. Under-19team, Johnson drew alot of defensive attentionthis season, but sheused that to her advantage,scoring when shecould and finding herteammates when theywere the better option.One of her best gamescame in the regional final,when she scoredfour goals and had fourassists.

Johnson ran the midfieldand played a key roleon defense for the No. 5 Bruins. She had 57 goals,25 assists and 65 drawcontrols. Selected for theregional Tewaaratonteam and the Under ArmourAll-America game,she is going to Maryland.

Cosette Larash, Archbishop Spalding

Coach Moira Leavittcalled her junior goalkeeperthe biggest influencein a turnaround season.Larasch played thepivotal role in the No. 9Cavaliers improving from5-13 a year ago to 13-6. Intwo years, the Cavaliershad gone 0-26 in the AConference regular season,but this season theywere 7-5.

Larash had a 60 percentsave rate and allowedabout nine goals pergame. A quick, aggressivekeeper who anticipatesthe action, she played herbest in some of the biggestgames, including a22-save effort in a 10-6 lossto No. 3 McDonogh. Shealso made 17 savesagainst No. 8 St. Mary'sand 13 against No. 10Bryn Mawr--bothwins.

Erin Laschinger, Notre Dame Prep

The junior midfielderdid a little bit of everythingfor the No. 6 Blazers,who pushed No. 1John Carroll to overtimein the IAAM A Conferencesemifinal beforefalling 14-12. She led herteam in scoring with 48goals and 10 assists, butshe was even more valuablein her ability to contributeon defense.

Her speed and stickworkmade Laschingerdifficult to contain onthe attacking end andhard to outmaneuver ondefense. She has the footwork,patience and controlledcheck to get thejump on attackers in theset offense or in the openfield.

Carly Napora, McDonogh

The best word to describethe Eagles seniordefender is fearless.That showed in Napora'swillingness tostand her ground andtake a charge. She took11 of them this seasonand has 43 for her career.Her quick feet andanticipation allow herto get in the right spotjust a fraction of a secondbefore the oncomingattacker. Thosesame skills along withher quickness and controlledstick made her ashutdown defender.

Able to handle someof the IAAM A Conference'sbest players oneon one, she was a bigpart of an Eagles defensethat allowed only 6.9goals per game. The BaltimoreCounty Player ofthe Year, Napora isheaded for Georgetown.

Josie Owen, Severn

A repeat first-team selection,Owen polishedan already formidableall-around game, by becomingmore of a quarterbackon the attackand a bigger threat ondefense. The senior midfielderled the No. 4 Admiralsin assists (36),points (73) and causedturnovers (27).

She brought her experienceas leading scorerfor the world championU.S. Under-19 team toher game and shared itwith her teammates.Owen had three goalsand two assists in the Admirals'11-9 overtimewin over St. Mary's inthe IAAM A Conferencequarterfinal. A memberof the regional TewaaratonTeam selected forthe Under Armour All-America game, Owen isheaded to Virginia.

Alex Priddy, Severn

The leading goalscorerfor the Admiralsfor two years, Priddyhad a rocket of a shot.With an incrediblyquick release and accuracy,the senior midfielderscored 54 goals.Although she scoredsome of the biggestgoals, she was the modelof consistency.

A year ago, Priddy wasa surprise to opponentswhen she came backfrom a broken ankle inher sophomore year, butshe continued to put upthe numbers this seasondespite drawing morepressure. She understoodhow the ballmoved around thecrease and she excelledat getting open and havingher stick open to takethe pass. Priddy will playnext year at Vanderbilt.

Hayley Rausch, Severna Park

Rausch scored the biggestgoal of the seasonfor the No. 2 Falcons, thegame-winner in overtimeto beat Broadneck,11-10, in the regional final.That paved the wayfor the Falcons to finish20-0 and repeat as stateClass 4A-3A champs. Theseni o r midf i e ldershowed she had completelyrecovered from atorn anterior cruciate ligamentthat sidelined herfor her sophomore season.

Great in transitionwith a high-poweredshot, Rausch was difficultto stop on the run orattacking in the set offense.She finished with42 goals, including fourin a season-opening 12-8victory over No. 4 Severn.Rausch, who alsohad 21 assists, is headedfor NewHampshire.

Katie Schwarzmann, Century

The Carroll CountyPlayer of the Year got themost attention for scoring94 goals this season--37more than the nexthighest in the county.Her quickness and greatacceleration make her atremendous threat insidethe eight-meter arc.Excellent on the backdoorcut, she couldmakedefenders think she wasout of the play and zipback in to take the passand score.

In three years,Schwarzmann has accumulated201 goals and 93assists. She did a lot ofdamage on the defensiveend and came up with 92ground balls. In additionto routinely causingturnovers, she was instrumentalin convertingthem.

Second team

Name, School, Class, Position

Brittany Dashiell John Carroll Jr. A

Sarah Parks Centennial Sr. A

Allison Behringer Severna Park Sr. M

Caroline Cochran St. Mary's Sr. M

Jen Fox St. Mary's Sr. M

Ana Heneberry Dulaney Sr. M

Katie Kirk Arch. Spalding Sr. M

Katie Leech Winters Mill So. M

Alayna Markwordt Glenelg Sr. M

Jen Peters Winters Mill Sr. M

Colby Rhea McDonogh Jr. M

Monica Zabel Mt. Hebron Sr. M

Jen Hardesty Westminster Sr. D

Iliana Sanza St. Paul's Jr. D

Dana Cahill Mercy Sr. G

Note: Teams selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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