Player of the Year: Kristin Schwab, Friends
The senior simply stands out in any company she keeps.
An All-Metro player last season when the Quakers played in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, Schwab led the Quakers to the B Conference title this fall.
She polished off her career with a head-turning performance in the Maryland State High School Field Hockey Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game.
Schwab scored three goals in the South's 6-1 win over the North, but she didn't play the whole game on attack. South coach Tammy Mundie took advantage of her versatility and played her at several positions, including defense.
At the B Conference championship game, Schwab scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over Park for the Quakers' first title since 1991.
She showed off her unmatched stick skills by scoring the first goal on a 70-yard breakaway in which she outmaneuvered an on-coming defender and beat the goalie one-on-one.
A little later, she nailed a tough-angle shot from the edge of the circle on the far right.
"She's like a cat," said Park coach Barb Purkey. "You know she's going to be quick, you know she's going to be fast, you know she has the skills, but you don't know where she's going to strike. She literally was not going to let them lose that game. You could feel her intensity."
Schwab finished the season with 19 goals and nine assists, but her transition play proved equally important.
"She controls the total midfield," said Friends coach Judy Turnbaugh.
"She plays offense. She plays defense. She's a major distributor at the center link position. With her push passing, she can distribute a ball right to the stick. She's like a quarterback sending a pass to the receiver. She puts the ball right there."
Schwab, a two-time All-State first-team selection, has committed to play field hockey and lacrosse next year at Princeton.
Coach of the Year: Tammy Mundie, Hereford
Perhaps the defining moment of Mundie's 11th season as head coach actually happened a year earlier, right after the Bulls lost to Rising Sun in last season's Class 2A state championship.
"That loss last year was devastating," said Mundie. "The one thing I said to them after that game was, 'Remember how bad you feel, those of you coming back, and let's carry that into next season, because you don't want to feel like that again when you felt you could have won.' "
The Bulls did not have to feel like that again, because they overwhelmed Glenelg, 2-0, in the title game to win the third state championship of Mundie's career and her first outright title. They also won the Baltimore County championship.
When the season started, however, the Bulls didn't quite look like champs. They lost two of their first three games. Mundie made a few shifts in the lineup and came up with a strong defensive tandem in Krissy Carls and Melissa Harrison after Harrison returned from an injury. The Bulls then won their last 15 games to finish 16-2.
Christina Boarman, St. Paul's
A repeat first-team selection, Boarman showed off some of the best stickwork in the area as she created scoring opportunities for the Gators, especially on penalty corners. The junior had a knack for reading the defense, turning the opposition's game plan to her advantage.
Boarman scored eight goals and had six assists. She excelled at dictating play in the scoring circle. In addition, she scored some of her team's most critical goals, including the tying goal with 16 seconds left against Bryn Mawr.
An All-State first team pick, Boarman was the only player from Maryland named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association South Region team.
Krissy Carls, Hereford
The anchor of one of the area's strongest defenses, the senior led a unit that allowed only one goal in its last 14 games en route to the state Class 2A crown. The Bulls polished off their 14th shutout in a 2-0 state-title victory over Glenelg.
The Baltimore County Player of the Year, Carls began the season in the midfield, but when she moved back and teamed with Melissa Harrison on defense, the Bulls became just about impossible to beat. They started out 2-2 and then shut out 12 straight opponents.
Carls, named first-team All-State, scored one of the biggest goals of the season - the game-winner in the state semifinal overtime win over North East.
Liz Fries, South Carroll
An All-Metro first team pick as a sophomore, Fries spent last year playing in Germany as an exchange student. Always known for her superb stick skills, the senior picked up right where she left off with her stellar finesse game, exceptional knowledge, rabid determination and high-powered scoring.
Fries, an All-State first team pick, played both on the line and in the midfield. Either way, she proved one of the biggest offensive threats in the area, finishing with 14 goals and 17 assists to lead Carroll County in scoring.
A four-year veteran of the Futures national tournament, Fries has orally committed to play at Wake Forest.
Abbi Horn, Severna Park
Few games passed without the senior wing contributing to the Falcons' high-scoring offense. The Anne Arundel County Player of the Year had at least one goal or one assist in 17 of the Falcons' 20 games.
Superb stick skills and game sense enabled Horn to put the ball right on a teammates' stick or send it perfectly angled into the cage. The repeat first-team pick finished with 18 goals and 24 assists. Three assists came in the 4-0 win over South River for the Falcons' 10th straight county title. She had eight goals and six assists in the run to the state Class 3A final.
Horn, who finished her career with 58 goals and 46 assists, was named first-team All-State. She plans to play next year at Cornell.
Stephanie Kisic, South Carroll
Just about everything the Cavaliers did spun around the two-time Carroll County Player of the Year. Kisic stood out in the middle of a team packed with talent, helping the Cavaliers go unbeaten in Carroll County and reach the state Class 2A semifinals for a second straight year.
For three years, the senior midfielder has shown an uncanny knack for holding onto the ball in traffic, dominating opponents with her speed, field sense and improving stick skills. She almost never got beaten in the midfield and kept her team moving up.
The repeat first-team pick headed for Towson also contributed four goals and seven assists and was named honorable mention All-State.
Laura Schnell, C. Milton Wright
The Harford County Player of the Year led the Mustangs to the Class 3A state semifinals and a near upset of No. 1 Severna Park as they rallied to tie twice before falling, 3-2.
Schnell scored one of her six goals in that game and also had four assists. Most of the senior's goals came late in the season, helping the Mustangs recover from a 4-4 start to finish 9-6-1.
Called on to play a central midfield/central defense position early, Schnell was moved to a less restrictive center midfield position, which allowed her to emerge as a force in transition and a threat to score with her terrific stickwork and field sense.
Schnell, who has orally committed to Towson, was a second-team All-State choice.
Gabriella Schrier, Wilde Lake
In her first season in the goal, Schrier faced more shots than many top goalies see in an entire career. She proved up to the challenge, thanks in part to her ice hockey goalie background.
In just 13 games, Schrier faced 303 shots and saved 87.7 percent of them. That's 266 saves - a remarkable average of 20.5 per game. In the Wildecats' regional quarterfinal loss to Mount Hebron, Schrier made 32 saves. The senior also saved six of nine penalty strokes.
Technically sound, agile and smooth, she had a quick reaction time, but she seemed even quicker in making her next move. She could also be aggressive in coming out against an opponent.
Schrier is being recruited by several Division I colleges.
Jenny Shockley, Bryn Mawr
With a versatile game that made her a force on attack, on defense or in transition, the senior played a pivotal role in the Mawrtians' run to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals.
Her speed and stick skills, as well as an overwhelming determination, made her a key distributor who often jump-started the attack. She also contributed two assists. Shockley rarely got beaten in the midfield, but when she did, her defensive skills enabled her to win the ball back. She also played key roles on both offensive and defensive corners.
Shockley, a club veteran, was a first-team All-State selection.
Katie Turner, Severna Park
The senior anchored the stingiest defense in Anne Arundel County, allowing only three goals during the regular season - one on a penalty stroke. The Falcons shut out 15 of their 20 opponents en route to the state Class 3A final.
A second-team All-Metro pick last season, Turner excelled as the flyer on penalty corners. Her speed often enabled her to intercept the ball before it reached the offensive player on the circle.
Turner, a first-team All-State selection, was also a force in the open field, able to intercept passes and spark the Falcons offense with a precise pass to a stick or into space.
Danielle Wacker, Hereford
On the first day of practice, the senior center midfielder ran a 5:40 mile, and her conditioning, speed, energy and drive proved critical to Baltimore County and state Class 2A titles.
Athletic, with great footwork and agility, she was the key cog in one of the area's best short passing games. Much of the Bulls' transition game ran through her.
Wacker's ability to get in position quickly and pass precisely kept play flowing so swiftly and smoothly that it often overwhelmed opponents, especially on turf, where the Bulls won both of their titles.
Wacker, who was named first-team All-State, also had a goal and five assists.
Kaley Zaharris, Bryn Mawr
The premier defender in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, Zaharris excelled at thwarting foes on the break and proved equally tough on the goal line.
The senior made six stick saves, an especially critical statistic because her team played 13 games that were tied or won by a single goal. Some of those saves came as she defended the post on defensive penalty corners.
A fearless player, Zaharris also showed off exceptional stick skills and defensive game sense. Her defense notched 15 shutouts, allowing only seven goals during a regular season in which the Mawrtians lost just one game.
Zaharris was named first-team All-State.
Brittany Kalkstein Roland Park, junior, forward
Emily Karrer Mount Hebron, senior, forward
Shannon Long South River, senior, forward
Sarah Seats St. Paul's, junior, forward
Amanda Yanulevich Glenelg, senior, forward
Jenn Cochran Glenelg, senior, midfield
Maggie Farrand Bryn Mawr, senior, midfield
Tara Gardner Severna Park, junior, midfield
Cate Goytisolo Roland Park, junior, defense
Katie Monaghan Spalding, senior, defense
Kelly Patterson South River, junior, defense
Jobi Manson Severn, senior, goalie
Note: Teams selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.