Player of the Year: Kristen Waagbo, Mount Hebron
Exceptionally poised with a commanding field presence, the senior midfielder easily stood out on a No. 1 team full of Division I prospects.
Waagbo amassed 63 goals and 40 assists to lead the Vikings in scoring for the second straight year. She contributed a combined seven goals and seven assists in the final two games to lead the Vikings (18-0) to their seventh straight state championship.
Waagbo embodied the talent, skill and athleticism that have come to define a Mount Hebron program that collected its 11th state title in 12 years.
The Vikings lost only one game during her four years and were ranked No. 1 in The Sun every week of her career.
The Sun's Female Athlete of the Year in 2002 and '03 and a Greater Baltimore regional All-American, she completed her career with 221 goals and 120 assists even though she rarely played 20 minutes in the many games the Vikings dominated.
A two-time Howard County Player of the Year and All-Metro selection in lacrosse and basketball, Waagbo will play lacrosse next year at Duke.
This summer, she will play for the U.S. team that will compete for the under-19 world championship.
Coach of the Year: Mary Bartel, Notre Dame Prep
By the end of the season, the No. 2 Blazers were hardly recognizable as the same team that began the season. Not that the results were so different - they finished 14-4-1 - but there were a lot of new faces in a lot of new places, bolstering the team in all areas.
Getting the most out of her players is nothing new for Bartel, who in 22 seasons at NDP, has had a knack for getting her teams to peak at tournament time. This spring, the Blazers looked unstoppable in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship, scoring eight of the game's first 10 goals en route to a 10-6 victory over No. 6 St. Mary's.
The Blazers had such a strong defense and an attack centered around stellar playmaker Coco Stanwick that Bartel was free to experiment with the midfield.
"The nice part about this particular team was that they were completely unselfish and when you have a team that's willing to contribute in any way possible, you have the leeway to move them around and use them in the best way possible," said Bartel, also The Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year in 2001.
Jessica Allen, Hereford
The senior midfielder did a little bit of everything for the three-time state champs.
A repeat first-team selection, Allen was the team catalyst, sparking her teammates with exceptional play anywhere on the field. She could score, make big defensive plays or take control of the midfield.
Allen put the No. 10 Bulls in position to win another state title by scoring the game-winner in the 14-13 state semifinal victory over Glenelg with 14 seconds left. She finished the season with 44 goals and 57 assists.
The Greater Baltimore regional All-American and U.S under-19 team member will follow sister Gina to North Carolina.
Maria Bosica, Mount Hebron
The feisty senior attacker emerged as the perfect complement to Player of the Year Kristen Waagbo, contributing 46 goals and 51 assists.
Whenever Waagbo drew double or triple attention, Bosica showed off her considerable skills. In the 18-6 state championship victory over No. 8 Annapolis, she tied a state tournament record for points in a game with four goals and four assists. She put up the same numbers in the 18-6 win over No. 6 St. Mary's in the regular season.
Bosica, a Greater Baltimore regional All-American headed for James Madison, showed patience and the ability to hit the cutters on a dime.
Laura Cipro, Mount Hebron
A repeat first-team pick, Cipro led a Vikings defense that allowed just 3.7 goals per game and never let an opponent score in double figures.
In one of the most dominating performances of the year, the Vikings held No. 6 St. Mary's to just eight shots and the senior was a big reason why.
Exceptional at containing high-scoring attack players, Cipro always marked the opposition's top scorer. She could take out a single attacker with her quickness and body positioning, but she also worked well in the team defense, especially with her twin, Renee.
Headed for Georgetown in the fall, Cipro was a Greater Baltimore regional All-American.
Renee Cipro, Mount Hebron
The senior defender joined with her twin, Laura, to provide double trouble for opposing defenses. The two worked instinctively well together, although they displayed differing styles.
Renee was the Vikings' take-away artist. She had 16 interceptions or knock downs and 37 ground balls but caused a lot more turnovers.
Her patience and ability to read the play gave her perfect timing whether going for the stick check or picking up the cutters on the slide. She could plug any space in the arc.
Renee, a Greater Baltimore regional honorable mention All-American, moves on to Penn State in the fall.
Michelle DeChant, Annapolis
A second-team All-Metro pick last season, DeChant continued to set the tempo for the No. 8 Panthers, who reached the state Class 3A-2A final for the second straight year.
The senior scored four goals in the 18-6 loss to No. 1 Mount Hebron in the state final, and she provided big goals in many other games, including one that beat South River in overtime. She finished the season with 66 goals and 19 assists.
But DeChant also contributed in other aspects of the game. Critical in transition, she handled the draws, ran the midfield well and was quick to get back to cover on defense.
DeChant will play next year at Stanford.
Lindsay Dutch, Mount Hebron
Possession was the name of the game for the senior midfielder, who won just about every loose ball within her range. From handling the draw to scooping up 38 ground balls, she was instrumental in keeping the ball in the Vikings' sticks.
With her on the draw, the Vikings won 227 of them. In the state final victory over No. 8 Annapolis, she controlled 17 of 26.
Dutch, a Greater Baltimore regional All-American, provided offensive punch with her ability to maneuver in small spaces and her accuracy in shooting. She scored 50 goals and also contributed 15 assists.
An All-Metro second team selection last season, Dutch will move on to Penn State.
Jamie Hanssen, Notre Dame Prep
With quiet composure, the junior defender led a unit that allowed an average of 6.25 goals per game in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament. That performance helped the No. 2 Blazers win their second IAAM crown in two years.
Nothing rattled the Greater Baltimore regional All-American, who used her speed and stick skills to mark a player on-on-one, time the slide perfectly or make the key interception. Her ability to cause turnovers and come up with the ball often jump-started the transition.
There was nothing flashy about Hanssen's style, she just had an ability to get the job done as the Blazers allowed only four opponents to score in double figures.
Christina Juras, McDonogh
The repeat All-Metro selection led the Eagles in just about every statistical category while adding a stronger defensive game to her repertoire.
The senior midfielder had 61 goals, 23 assists, 81 ground balls, 35 draw controls and 32 caused turnovers.
The key to the Eagles' transition game, Juras easily handled opponents in the midfield with her skills and overwhelming competitive drive. Working on attack, Juras drew a lot of defensive attention, but her quickness, stickwork and agility helped her beat multiple defenders to finish the play.
A Greater Baltimore regional All-American, Juras is headed to North Carolina.
Kelly Kasper, Century
The top player for the first-year varsity program, the skilled and speedy junior midfielder earned Carroll County Player of the Year honors.
Kasper led a Knights team that defeated opponents by an average of 17.25 goals to win the Carroll County title and a berth in the Class 2A-1A state championship game.
A transfer from South Carroll, Kasper led the county in scoring with 81 goals and 44 assists. She had three goals and two assists in the No. 11 Knights' 14-9 loss to No. 10 Hereford in the state final, their only loss of the season.
Kasper, also an All-Metro soccer player, was a Greater Baltimore regional All-American.
Mary Key, St. Mary's
Trying to stop the Anne Arundel County Player of the Year proved one of the toughest tasks for area defenses, and few succeeded. The senior attacker finished with a staggering 93 goals and 43 assists - the best numbers in the metro area.
Key's goal production and her all-around play were instrumental in leading the No. 6 Saints to an 18-5 record and a runner-up finish in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. Even on the rare days that Key did not score a goal, she found other ways to contribute, often assisting or making the play that led to an assist.
A Chesapeake regional All-American, Key will play next year at Johns Hopkins.
Cherie Michaud, Maryvale
The Johns Hopkins-bound senior defender continued to excel on a young team a year after earning second-team All-Metro honors for helping the Lions win the Interscholastic athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship.
Michaud's understanding of defensive positioning enabled her to control everything that happened on the defensive end. She stood out in all facets of the game, from denying one-on-one to sliding into the team unit. Her quick checks caused a lot of turnovers, allowing her to kick off the Lions' transition game. In addition to her solid skills, Michaud also proved vital to a young team with her leadership.
Melissa Puzak, Broadneck
The senior goalie turned in one of the most impressive performances of the season when she tied a state record for most saves in a tournament game in the Class 4A-3A state final.
Her 16 saves allowed the No. 4 Bruins to rally from five goals down for a 9-8, sudden-death victory over No. 9 C. Milton Wright for their second straight state title.
She had a similar performance a week earlier, making four of her seven saves in the final 17 minutes against Anne Arundel County rival Severna Park for a 5-3 win in the regional final.
Puzak finished with a .685 save percentage. She is headed for St. Mary's.
Chrissy Rude, Hereford
A powerful, intimidating attacker, Rude, 6 feet 1, led the state Class 2A-1A state champions with 61 goals and 22 assists.
With great stick stills and the strength to power her way through defenses, the left-hander scored a lot of goals in some of the biggest games of the year, including six in a 14-13 win over Glenelg in the state semifinals and five in a 21-15 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame Prep.
This season, the senior also refined other parts of her game by playing the entire field. She improved her interception, ground ball and draw control stats.
A first-team All-Metro choice last season, Rude is a Greater Baltimore regional All-American headed for North Carolina.
Brooke Shinaberry, Severna Park
The senior goalie led a young No. 5 Falcons team to the Anne Arundel County championship with a .667 save percentage and a phenomenal 2.93 goals-against average.
Athletic and technically sound, Shinaberry has been an excellent stopper all along, but this season she became a much better goalie outside the crease. She would get just about any ball that came near, whether a ground ball or an interception. Shinaberry also excelled at clearing and could hit her teammates quickly on a dime.
The Chesapeake regional All-American will play for the U.S. under-19 team before moving on to Vanderbilt.
Coco Stanwick, Notre Dame Prep
The Baltimore City/County Player of the Year finished her career as the No. 2 Blazers' all-time leading scorer, eclipsing the marks of her sisters Sheehan and Wick to finish with 178 goals and 144 assists.
Stanwick, a senior, has been the vital cog in the Blazers' attack since her sophomore year. Her ability to make exceptional decisions all over the field led the Blazers to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title.
A repeat All-Metro first-team pick, she had 57 goals and 55 assists. Her stick in perpetual motion, she beat defenders with her shot or a thread-the-needle pass.
The captain of the U.S. under-19 team and a Greater Baltimore regional All-American, Stanwick will follow her sisters to Georgetown.
Schuyler Sutton, Severn
There wasn't much that got past the No. 7 Admirals' senior in the midfield. If there was a loose ball, she was determined to win it, coming up with 105 ground balls for the season.
Strong on the draws and in transition, Sutton could also make the big defensive stops and keep the Admirals on attack.
With her versatility, speed and stickwork, she was also the Admirals' biggest offensive threat, scoring 66 goals with 26 assists. With her signature side-arm shot, she could score in just about any way.
A Chesapeake regional honorable mention All-American, Sutton will play next year at Georgetown.
Name School Class Position
Aly Josephs Franklin Senior Attack
Karen Long Mount Hebron Senior Attack
Alex Nolan Roland Park Senior Attack
Jessica Adam Severn Junior Midfield
Kelly Berger Hammond Senior Midfield
Becky Clipp Catonsville Senior Midfield
Julie Gladchuck St. Mary's Senior Midfield
Allie Johnson Broadneck Junior Midfield
Katie Pumphrey Severna Park Junior Midfield
Mollie Reese Hereford Senior Midfield
Kelly Renzi Centennial Senior Midfield
Lauren Schwarzmann Century Junior Midfield
Kadie Stamper C. Milton Wright Junior Midfield
Desi Colon Broadneck Senior Defense
Britt Faulkner Mount Hebron Senior Defense
Molly Frew Roland Park Senior Defense
Ellen Cameron Roland Park Junior Goalie
Note: Teams selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun