Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year: Jessica Randisi, Maryvale

The Lions were ranked 12th in the preseason after a strong finish to their 8-8 season in 2011. Randisi, in her second year, built on that, guiding the Lions to a 13-4 record, the No. 2 ranking and an appearance in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final, where they lost, 12-11, to No. 1 McDonogh.

Randisi, 28, said her players bought into her system, including running a motion attack and relying on a sliding defense. They also believed they could play with the best and showed more poise as the season progressed. After falling to John Carroll in double overtime to open the season, they lost only to No. 1 McDonogh twice and then-No. 2 Bryn Mawr, a defeat they avenged in the A Conference semifinals.

"The Notre Dame game was probably the turning point," Randisi said of the 12-11 victory April 25. "We were down a couple of players and we learned every single player on the team can make a play. We said, 'There are 20 of you, and we can put any of you in at any time,' and they realized that."

Randisi played at Maryvale and Salisbury, and coached two years at Seton Keough. She gave credit to her assistant coaches: her father, Joe Vitrano, and Debby Petracca.

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