Since becoming a starter as a sophomore, she has been the Vikings' leading scorer each of the past two seasons. This season, she also tied for the team lead in assists.

A quick and dynamic player, Wallpher has been a dream to coach, according to Ireland.

"You only get the opportunity to coach someone like her every once in a while," she said. "All she cares about is doing whatever it takes for the team to win; she doesn't care about personal stats."

Midfield


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Courtney Barnwell, Howard senior. Thanks in part to Barnwell, Howard's midfield this year was its strength. The three-year varsity player has been playing field hockey locally for eight years. She has committed to join her sister on the Division I Towson team next season.

With nine goals and six assists, Barnwell was named the Lions' offensive Player of the Year. As a captain, she was also a leader on and off the field.

"She had the ability to dodge nearly everyone she encountered" with her impressive stick skills, coach Kristen Vance said.

Kelly McQuilkin, Atholton senior. The left midfielder has held an important role in Atholton's transitions.

"She does the most beautiful job at passing that I've seen anyone do," coach Martie Dyer said, adding that the co-captain was influential in the spiritual development of the team as well.

"She is the most dedicated player I have coached in over 30 years," Dyer said.

McQuilkin accumulated 10 goals, seven assists and one defensive save.

Morgan Philie, Glenelg junior. Philie's impressive ability to lift the ball was a key skill that the Gladiators used to advance down the field. She was involved in nearly every aspect of the Gladiator game, serving as Glenelg's first stroker, striker on offensive corners, part of the defensive corner unit and a member of the overtime squad.

A first-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection, she is also a Junior Olympian.

As a defensive midfielder, her main role was to transfer the ball from right to left.

"She was the transition player," coach Ginger Kincaid said. "We designed a special midfield system around her."

A co-captain and three-year starter, Philie helped lead her team to its third consecutive state title.

"She is my best field hockey player," Kincaid said. "She is one of the best skilled players we have had."

Emily Russo, Glenelg senior. The dynamic athlete and three-time first teamer could be seen all over the field throughout Glenelg's quest for its third state title.

"She would often come out of nowhere to back up the ball," coach Ginger Kincaid said. "We didn't know how she did it, but she did."

The midfielder recorded six goals and 11 assists and held several special assignments, such as the flyer on defensive corners and right hitter on offensive corners. She also represented Glenelg at the Senior All-Star game.