"It will be interesting next year to watch her lead," Gaieski said.
Alex McKay, Marriotts Ridge senior. For three years, McKay was known purely for her track-star speed. She can fly, but the rest of her lacrosse stick skills were inconsistent.
That changed this year.
"This year Alex put the whole package together. She looked like the Division I player that I always thought she was," said coach Natalie Gaieski.
McKay, an Under Armour All-American who has signed with the University of Maryland, relaxed and played with confidence this year. No one could take her 1v1 and her defensive footwork, stick positioning and body positioning were so outstanding that she drew charges.
Although McKay was the gel that held the Mustangs' defense together, she was capable of scoring (three goals) and she came up with 35 ground balls and 15 draw controls.
"Alex is probably the most improved player I've ever seen," Gaieski said.
Tianna Wallpher, Mt. Hebron junior. "Sometimes I think 'Intensity' is Tianna's middle name. She is always focused and always consistent," said coach Trish Derwart.
A natural athlete with incredible 1v1 positioning, Wallpher often marked the best attacker on the opposing team. No one held her ground defensively better than Wallpher, who took 10 charges.
"She is the best on my team at taking the charge. Nothing pumps the team up more than to see Tianna take one in the game," Derwart said.
Wallpher's speed on clears out of the back were integral to Mt. Hebron's transition.
Although she is also a starter in field hockey and basketball, Wallpher has made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse for UMBC.
Maddy Fisher, Mt. Hebron senior. There is no higher praise for a goalkeeper than to refer to them as a "wall." Fisher has been the "wall" for Mt. Hebron since she first stepped on the Vikings' field. She saved nearly 60 percent of the shots she faced this season.
"Maddy really developed her out-of-cage play and she created a number of turnovers in the form of interceptions (10) and ground balls. Her clearing was huge for us this year as well," said coach Trish Derwart.
Fisher single-handedly kept her team in some very big games this season, making the unexpected saves.
"As a coach, you want your goalkeeper to get the ones that she is supposed to and a few of the tough ones. Maddy got the tough ones and then some," Derwart said.
Fisher, who will play for Georgetown University, leaves some very big shoes to fill.
Megan Taylor, Glenelg sophomore. All-county first team for the second year in a row, Taylor has a skill set that is enviable.
"She's flat-out one of the best goalkeepers I have ever seen. She has the quickest hands," said coach Ginger Kincaid.
Taylor also has quick feet and really quick reflexes.
Her ability to read passes and make interceptions allowed Glenelg to extend its defense away from the goal circle because she could intercept on the back side.
Even without the defense forcing a weak shot, Taylor can often come up with the save. She had 108 saves this season and seven interceptions.
Taylor, who has verbally committed to Maryland, was named to the Under Armour All-American underclassman team.