"She rode people. She wanted them to put in their best effort, but she expected a lot of herself and her coaches. …She helps teach, she thinks, sometimes she questions me and it makes me think. She's like another assistant coach," Gaieski said.
Yet, Stukenberg, who has a vivacious personality, always treated lacrosse as something that was fun and not a job.
She collected a boatload of accolades this spring. She was Marriotts Ridge's senior female athlete of the year, the Baltimore Sun's Metro Player of the Year, first team All-Met in the Washington Post, US Lacrosse All-American (for the third time) and Under Armour All-American (for the third time).
Later this summer, she's off to the University of Maryland where she will join a team that came up just shy of winning the 2013 NCAA title.
She admits to being "a little scared, but very excited" about going to Maryland.
"I'm planning on showing up and doing my best and hope for the best," she said.
Stukenberg knows that nothing will be given to her at Maryland, where she'll be one of the rookies on a team with All-Americans.
"Everyone there is super talented. It's a whole other level of lacrosse. I can't wait to see how much my game will improve when I'm surrounded by that level of talent and dedication. …If I'm on the bench or on the field, either way I'm excited."
With three county and regional titles and two state championships, the last four years have been historic for Marriotts Ridge and Stukenberg has been a major part of it all.
"I don't think I'll ever meet a kid like her again," Gaieski said. "I really enjoyed this group of seniors."
Also named to the all-county first team:
Jenna Brewer, Atholton senior. In her three years on varsity, Brewer has played from one end of the field to the other. As a sophomore, she spent a good amount of time in goal.
"She was awesome playing goalie," said coach Crystal Shelley.
Brewer moved out of the goal circle and has made an impact for the Raiders' offense. At attack, she has been a productive scorer. She had 22 goals as a junior and a team-high 58 this year.
Brewer's innate speed enables her to beat defenders.
"Jenna's willingness to work hard and get better at what she needed helped her improve a lot from last year," Shelley said."
Brewer plans to walk on at Salisbury.
Marissa Davey, Marriotts Ridge junior. Dominating the draw is an important component of lacrosse and when teams could figure out her teammates Zoe Stukenberg and Taylor Hensh, Davey jumped in to the center to take the draw. She had 42 draw controls this season.
"Marissa wins draw control and causes turnovers. She's scrappy," said coach Natalie Gaieski.