"Emily's stick skills are phenomenal and as the center midfielder for our team, she led us on and off the field with her passion for the game," said coach Kristen Vance.

Penn, who would like to play on an Ivy League team, leaves Howard with career marks of 25 goals and 14 assists.

Morgan Philie, Glenelg. A four-year varsity starter, Philie was central to everything Glenelg did.

"Our whole system has been built around her for the last three years because of what she's able to do in the middle of the field," said coach Ginger Kincaid. "She's the field general on our team."

Philie not only plugged up the middle on defense, her mastery of the aerial throw often initiated the Gladiators' fast-break offense.

As Glenelg's stop at the top of offensive corners, Philie either scored or helped set up others.

"Morgan is the most sound player that I have," Kincaid said.

Philie, a third-team All-American her junior year, leaves Glenelg with a legacy of four county and regional titles, three state titles and a career total of 29 goals and 30 assists.

She has committed to play field hockey at Dartmouth.

Monica Linn, Mt. Hebron. As the receiver on Mt. Hebron's offensive corners, Linn made the old field hockey adage "Every corner is a goal" come close to a reality.

"All of our offensive corners go through Monica. This is the one place her power is most noticeable as we have scored a lot of goals on corners," said Mt. Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland.

Linn (eight goals, 15 assists) scored on a corner in the Class 3A state championship game.

"Monica was tremendous in setting people up and distributing the ball," Ireland added. "She was the glue — the backbone — of the team."

Linn's leadership on and off the field as a senior was a big part of why Mt. Hebron's field hockey team went 17-2 and enjoyed the finest season in school history this fall.

Dani Schwab, River Hill. A two-year varsity starter, Schwab was the Hawks' go-to girl when they needed a goal and she came through for her team with 15 goals and three assists.

Her stick work and field vision were invaluable as she helped set up River Hill's offense from the center midfield position.

"Dani is a very skilled player and one of the best captains I've ever had. She has great leadership and character," said River Hill coach Shelly Chamness.

Schwab will play at Dickinson College next year.

Defense

Shannon Kelliher, Mt. Hebron. Smart and confident, Kelliher had solid tackles and did an excellent job of organizing Mt. Hebron's circle defense.