Stephanie Asher, Glenelg junior. Tallying 25 goals and 11 assists this year, Asher could be counted on to put the ball on cage. She scored in 13 of Glenelg's 18 games this season.

"Every year she is coming out with at least 20 goals. She is a great finisher, a really good dodger. She just has great stick skills," coach Ginger Kincaid said.

Asher earned second-team honors as a freshman and sophomore. As a starting forward, she has helped the Gladiators earn three state championships in a row.

For her career, she has 65 goals and 16 assists.


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"I've never seen her be such a complete player until this year," former assistant coach Lindsay Beil said. "You always knew she could finish, but she was carrying the ball and transitioning well, too."

Danielle Baker, Glenelg senior. Glenelg has taken advantage of Baker's speed and ability to score on the post for all four years she has started on varsity as right wing.

One of her most important roles this season came on corners.

"Many of her (15) assists came as the inserter on corners. The combination between her and (striker) Morgan Philie was incredible," Kincaid said.

Baker finished the season with 17 goals and 15 assists. She has committed to play lacrosse next year at Winthrop University.

Rachel Day, Atholton junior. This is Day's second year at Atholton but first as a forward. When coach Martie Dyer arrived this year, Day was a defender.

"I said, 'That's not happening,'" Dyer said. "She is an extremely gifted, natural field hockey player and a natural scorer."

Dyer moved Day to the front line to great success. She finished with 21 goals and five assists. Her final tally of the season was the game-winner in the state championship against Hereford.

"Her drive to score is contagious," said Dyer, who added that Day was the catalyst to the Atholton offense.

Megan Taylor, Glenelg sophomore. Although Taylor played varsity as a freshman, this is her first year as a starter. With 21 goals (second on the team) and 20 assists (first), she clearly justified her spot.

"I designed a system to take advantage of her exceptional speed and stick work," said Kincaid. "She was our through striker and we found her all over the field."

Taylor scored once and assisted on two goals in the state championship game against Poolesville. After that game, Taylor said her motivation was not to garner awards for herself.

"This year, it's more of wanting to do this for our school, our coach," she said.

Tianna Wallpher, Mt. Hebron junior. Wallpher, an inside forward, played an integral role in getting the ball into scoring position, scoring 17 goals and assisting on 10 more.

"She has the ability to pass or carry into the opposing defensive end," coach Jeannette Ireland said.

Many times, Wallpher would work with teammate Samantha Brookhart on a give-and-go up the right sideline.