Megan Bosica, David Nguyen

Mount Hebron's Megan Bosica (lacrosse) and Wilde Lake's David Nguyen (tennis) are All-Metro players of the year. (Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / June 1, 2006)

Player of the Year: Megan Bosica, Mount Hebron, midfield

No Vikings girls lacrosse jersey has ever been retired, but if coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland has her way, no one will ever wear No. 1 again.

When Bosica traded in her No. 2 jersey as a junior for her sister Maria's No. 1, the change was prophetic. Before last season was over, Bosica was hailed as the best Vikings player ever.


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A three-time All-Metro first-team pick, Bosica is the All-Metro Player of the Year for a second straight time.

"She's just a swift little player who can do whatever you ask her to," Kuhl-McClelland said. "She's an athlete who encompasses skill, agility, speed, field sense, all the intangibles, and she's the most humble athlete that I've ever encountered."

In her four years as a starter, Bosica has 222 goals and 100 assists while leading the Vikings to four straight state titles and four perfect seasons.

She scored 60 goals and had 35 assists this season as the No. 1 Vikings won the state Class 3A-2A title - their 10th straight - and finished 18-0 - their fifth straight unbeaten season.

Bosica, who is headed to North Carolina, has always come through in critical moments. She scored the game-winning goal in the Vikings' 10-8 victory over Moorestown, N.J., which clinched their ranking as the No. 1 team in the nation.

But Bosica's game is more than offense. She excels in the midfield and on defense. That versatility is what gives her the edge over all the stellar Vikings who have come before her.

"To watch her at practice directing and teaching," Kuhl-McClelland said, "what she wants for next year when these kids are playing is to have that same success. She's doing everything she can to assure when she leaves, that legacy carries on. For many years to come, Meggie Bosica will be synonymous with Mount Hebron lacrosse."


Coach of the Year: Brooke Kuhl-McClelland, Mount Hebron

When Kuhl-McClelland took over the Vikings' program in the spring of 2002, she took on perhaps the most dominant program in state history. The question persisted: Could she keep a Vikings program that had won nine state titles and five in a row on top?

The answer was yes.

Since Kuhl-McClelland took the reins, the Vikings have not lost a game, increasing their string of state titles to 10 and their winning streak to 97. Her career record stands at 92-0.

Although the No. 1 Vikings polished off an 18-0 season with the first shutout in state tournament history, 16-0 over Stephen Decatur for the Class 3A-2A crown, the season opened with several challenges for Kuhl-McClelland and the team.

Among them was the fact that new school Marriotts Ridge siphoned off talent from the junior varsity program. Then there were a lot of injuries, but her smallest roster ever always pulled through, even during the difficult time when Kuhl-McClelland's mother-in-law died.

An innovative motivator who said she believes in surrounding herself with good people, Kulh-McClelland praised her assistant coaches, husband Tommy McClelland and Tony Giro. Also named the Howard County Teacher of the Year, Kuhl-McClelland teaches dance at Hammond High School.


First team

Jackie Doherty, Mount Hebron, defense

A second-team All-Metro selection last season, Doherty is the area's top line defender. With a keen understanding of defense, Doherty showed a good stance, good positioning and an intimidating stick. The junior also has a competitive streak that sends her well into the midfield in pursuit of a ground ball or a chance to create a turnover.

She led the team in ground balls, was second in draw controls and was a catalyst for the transition game. Her speed gives her an added dimension of playing high on the field while still being able to adjust and move into the Vikings' complicated slide packages.

Kim Dubansky, McDonogh, midfield

When the No. 3 Eagles were moving in transition, Dubansky was almost certain to race with the ball into the attacking end. Coach Chris Robinson called her "a one-girl clear." With her improved dodging skills, she was also hard to stop going to goal, finishing as the team's second-leading scorer with 45 goals and 19 assists.

Ambidextrous with a quick, accurate shot, she had a few opponents calling out that she was a left-hander even though she is right-handed. She scored the game-winning goal in overtime to beat Roland Park, 12-10, in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinal and send the Eagles to the title game for the first time. Dubansky will play next year at Johns Hopkins.

Jacqueline Giles, Mount Hebron, attack

The Vikings' top line attacker scored at least one point in every game but one. With 51 goals and six assists, the junior finished second on the team in points and goals scored behind Megan Bosica.

A true finisher, Giles was not only a prolific scorer but also came up with big goals in the biggest games. The only returning starter in the Vikings' line attack, she scored twice in the 10-8 win over Moorestown, N.J., and three times in a 14-8 win over then-No. 3 St. Mary's. She also scored four goals in the state championship game. Her improved stick skills and a powerful dodge made her hard to stop once she decided to attack.

Jessie Heisterman, Broadneck, midfield

When the No. 10 Bruins needed a big play anywhere on the field, their senior midfielder came through. She tied the Anne Arundel County championship game and then scored with eight seconds left to give the Bruins a 9-8 victory over Severna Park. She scored five goals that night and finished the season with 45 to go along with 38 assists.

But offense was only part of her game. Heisterman also had 12 momentum-breaking interceptions to help the Bruins finish 15-3. In addition, Heisterman was key to the Bruins' possession game, often coming off the circle to control draws and pick up more than 50 ground balls. She will play next year at Loyola.

Kristen Horsman, Dulaney, defense

A second-team All-Metro pick last season, Horsman showed off a multi-faceted game that allowed her to excel on both ends of the field. The junior drew the most attention for her ability to run down attackers and force them to make passes they didn't want to make. That ability to hound the opposition and get the ball back often sparked the No. 5 Lions transition.

In addition to her defensive exploits, the junior boosted her offensive game and led the Lions in points with 54 goals and 31 assists.

Brittany Kalkstein, Roland Park, midfield

Perhaps the most dominant midfield presence in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, Kalkstein controlled the draws like no one else. The senior's ability to win possession put the Reds in position to win a lot of the close games they would have lost a year ago when they finished 4-11.

She led the Reds (12-4) to the tournament semifinals and a No. 7 ranking. She also scored some key goals for the Reds and finished as their leading scorer (34 goals, 16 assists). The Baltimore City Player of the Year signed early with Virginia.

Brittany Mallory, McDonogh, midfield

The attack-minded junior led the No. 3 Eagles in scoring with 55 goals and 24 assists. Mallory, a repeat All-Metro pick, used her athleticism to beat opponents in the critical scoring area. At 5 feet 10, her height gave her an edge on the draw and on other loose balls in the air, but she was also a force on ground balls, leading the team with 71.

She was a main reason why the Eagles had a significant edge over most of their opponents in time of possession.

Caitlyn McFadden, Notre Dame Prep, midfield

With her skill and field sense, the versatile senior could lead the No. 11 Blazers on attack, midfield and defense. A two-time first-team selection, McFadden, who had 37 goals and 20 assists, showed a sharp eye for the cutters and strong finishing moves on attack. Her speed and quick feet on defense set up a quick clean check that caused a lot of turnovers.

She sparked the team in transition with those caused turnovers and her ability to win possession in the midfield. McFadden signed early with Maryland.

Jill Puffenbarger, Severna Park, defense

No attacker managed to put up big numbers when the Falcons' top defensive midfielder was on the job. The senior marked the highest-scoring players in Anne Arundel County, holding them well below their season averages.

Her quickness, mental toughness, game smarts and excellent play off the ball often kept her marks from getting possession. Her efforts were critical in the No. 8 Falcons' first regional title in five years. Puffenbarger is bound for Vermont.

Lidia Sanza, St. Paul's, goal

In three years as the No. 2 Gators' starting goalie, the senior has gone 49-6 with two Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championships. The Baltimore County Player of the Year has a career .563 save percentage.

Sanza allowed only 5.1 goals per game -- 4.3 in three tournament games. Bound for Franklin and Marshall, she had a .570 save rate for the season and .729 for the tournament.

Samantha Schrum, St. Mary's, midfield

A second-team All-Metro selection last season, Schrum filled the leadership role in the midfield after the Saints suffered key graduation losses. The senior also continued to be a sure finisher, scoring 74 goals with 29 assists to lead the No. 6 Saints in goals and points as they reached the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament semifinals.

Schrum, the Anne Arundel County Player of the Year, also led the team in ground balls with 67. She will play next year at Johns Hopkins.

Jenny Steadman, Century, midfield

The Carroll County Player of the Year finished the season with 87 goals and 41 assists, setting single-season school records for goals and points. The junior scored six goals in the state Class 2A-1A final and led the No. 4 Knights to a 19-0 season.

Steadman shot nearly 100 percent on free positions during the regular season. A solid all-around player and a key to the Knights' transition game, she proved critical to controlling the draws whether taking them herself or crashing the circle.

Caity Whiteley, St. Paul's, attack

The senior inherited the leadership role on attack and filled it well, leading the No. 2 Gators (18-2) to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship. When she drew multiple defenders, Whiteley simply shifted her game into support mode and reveled in setting up her open teammates.

Whitely, who led the Gators with 40 goals and 39 assists, will play next year at Virginia.


Second team

Bretton Bathras Severn, senior, attack

Ali Flury Broadneck, senior, attack

Molly Ford Notre Dame Prep, junior, attack

Allison Perkins St. Mary's, senior, attack

Allyson Carey John Carroll, sophomore, midfield

Angela Hughes North Carroll, senior, midfield

Erica Mihm Annapolis, senior, midfield

Amanda Spinnenweber Chesapeake-AA, senior, midfield

Maggie Dunbar St. Paul's, junior, defense

Bria Eulitt Mount Hebron, junior, defense

Alex Mundy Glenelg, senior, defense

Caroline Spearman McDonogh, junior, defense

Kelsey Ferris Severna Park, senior, goal

Chelsea Kirk Roland Park, senior, goal

Note // Teams selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.