Margaret Maclean, Centennial. Technically, the Eagles' MVP was a center forward, but on the field, she seemed to be everywhere. She was a striker at the top of the circle on corners and her team's primary stroker. Her 21 goals were nearly half of Centennial's output this season.
"Marg has a nose for the cage and a wicked shot that, combined with her stick work, forced many teams to double (team) her during games," said Centennial coach Tara Carr.
Maclean had 40 goals and 15 assists in her high school career but she could also have a defensive presence. She had two amazing stick saves on defensive corners against Mt. Hebron.
She will play for Millersville University next fall.
Megan Taylor, Glenelg. The ball is sent to an open area of the field and the race to get to it is on. Usually the first person there was Taylor, who outran many a defender.
"Most of the time people were chasing her down from behind," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid.
Taylor gave her team more than pure speed. She led the Washington Metro area in assists (30) and she was content to play a supporting role unless her team needed her to be a finisher. She had 21 goals this year as a junior.
Although Taylor has committed to play for the University of Maryland lacrosse team, Kincaid favorably compares her field hockey skills with three-time Player of the Year Alyssa Parker.
"I think Megan's a better stick-skilled player than Alyssa was at this age," Kincaid said.
A member of Glenelg's seven aside and stroke-off teams, Taylor also had an important role on the defensive end of the field. She and Stephanie Asher took turns as the flier on defensive corners.
Tianna Wallpher, Mt. Hebron. Every team needs a player like Tianna Wallpher – she knows how to win.
"What really makes her unique is that she makes everybody better. Everybody around her rises to her level of intensity and passion," said coach Jeannette Ireland.
Wallpher doesn't save her intensity just for games; she brings it to practice every day.
"Tianna loves to compete and she really was the key to us doing as well as we did this year because she was able to generate our fast break. She is an amazing, amazing player," Ireland said.
Mt. Hebron scored 20 goals in a playoff run that ended in the state championship game. Many of those goals were set up by Wallpher, either off of a fast break or with a timely pass.
She had 15 goals and 15 assists to lead the Vikings in scoring for the third straight year. Her career total is 50 goals, 46 assists.
Although a talented field hockey player, Wallpher has committed to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
"I love her and I am so sad to see her go," Ireland said.
Emily Penn, Howard. It's no secret that coaches tend to put their best players in the middle of the field. And that's where Penn found herself on the Howard team. The talented senior was smack dab in the middle of everything and where she could lead the transition from defense to offense.