After being undefeated in county play for six years, Glenelg's league season opened on a rough note — a 2-1 loss to Marriotts Ridge.
The loss "wasn't really a bad thing. It was kind of a wake-up call" for us, Asher said.
Glenelg proceeded to win its next 14 games before losing in the second sudden-victory overtime in the Class 2A state semifinals. That loss prevented the Gladiators from potentially winning a fourth-straight state title to go with their four consecutive county and regional titles.
"We had a great run. I'm really proud that we got to the state semis," Asher said. "It's one thing to lose to a team that you think you can beat. Century was a very good opponent and I'm happy with how we played."
While she loves field hockey, Asher has decided to play lacrosse in college. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Elon.
In her high school career, she had 101 goals and 29 assists for 231 points.
Named to the all-county first team are:
Jen Bleakney, Atholton. As a dedicated field hockey player, Bleakney "lives, eats, breathes and sleeps field hockey," according to her coach, Martie Dyer.
That determination has paid off as Bleakney developed tremendous stick skills, including a wicked drive and a reverse chip shot. She joined teammate Rachel Day to become the dynamic duo of Atholton's offense.
"Jen's the real deal," Dyer said. "She has already committed to play at Syracuse."
Bleakney, as a junior this fall, scored 22 goals and had 19 assists this season.
Rachel Day, Atholton. When Atholton made a coaching change last year, a star was born. Day had played defense but Martie Dyer, the incoming coach, saw her potential as a forward.
"I've never seen anybody with such a capability, such determination and such an eye for the goal," said Dyer. "That ball is like a magnet on her stick. She makes everything happen even when people try to mark her out."
Day had an outstanding senior season. In just 13 games, she scored 35 goals and added 15 assists to tie Glenelg's Stephanie Asher in points (85).
In two years as a forward, Day's 56 goals and 20 assists exceed what many other players accomplished in a longer period of time.
"To me, she's the best player," Dyer said.
Jenna Kerr, Marriotts Ridge. A foot injury brought Kerr's season to an early end, but before that mishap, she scored in nearly every game. She finished the season with 13 goals and 11 assists and she was equally effective the previous two years, getting double digits in goals each time.
"In her three years on varsity, Jenna has more points (100) than any other player who has played for Marriotts Ridge," said coach Stacie Gado.
Kerr will play lacrosse at Towson University.