Player of the Year: Christine Nairn, Archbishop Spalding

No player in the area was more dangerous with the ball than Nairn, who completed a stellar four-year career with 27 goals and 13 assists in her senior season.

Nairn's goals could come from anywhere in the Cavaliers' offensive third, and she was equally adept at feathering passes to set up teammates. Her four-year contributions helped put the Spalding program on the map in the strong Interscholastic Athletic Association of

Maryland A Conference, as the Cavaliers reached the title game in 2005, captured their first championship last season and reached the semifinals this fall.

A three-time All-Metro selection and two-time Parade All-American, Nairn finished her career with a program-best 70 goals and 37 assists.

"Christine not only is a great scorer, but is a consummate playmaker as well. Using her knowledge of the game and making use of her incredible passing, dribbling and shooting skills, she makes everyone around her better," Spalding coach Bob Dieterle said. "She reads the field, the game, her opponents and her teammates better than any player I've seen."

Nairn, an under-17 U.S. national team pool player, is set to play at Penn State next year.
First Team

Karen Blocker, Archbishop Spalding
The repeat All-Metro selection started all 81 games the Cavaliers played over the course of her stellar four-year career in which she went 64-8-9 with 57 shutouts.

Agile and technically sound, Blocker, a team captain, went 18-2-1 this season with 17 shutouts and five goals allowed, as Spalding reached the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals. The Cavaliers, with a defense dominated by underclassmen, relied on Blocker's poise and vocal leadership that helped keep the back organized.

In her four years, Blocker was instrumental in the Cavaliers' rise to the top echelon of the area's most powerful league. Included was a 37-game unbeaten streak (34-0-3) that began with a 19-0-2 season last year and extended through the majority of this season. Blocker will play soccer at Liberty next year.

Allyson Carey, John Carroll
After mostly playing forward in her first three seasons, Carey made a smooth adjustment to the middle of the field, where she controlled play at center midfield or the stopper position. She finished the season with a team-high 12 goals to go with four assists, but the biggest impact she made was the stability she provided for the Patriots, who reached the IAAM A Conference semifinals. Combining athleticism, speed, strength and good field sense, the team captain was hard to get past and equally impressive with the ball.

A member of two IAAM championship teams in her freshman and sophomore seasons, Carey finished her career with 43 goals and 26 assists. One of the country's top lacrosse recruits, she will play that sport at Vanderbilt next year.

Amanda Carta, St. Vincent Pallotti
The No. 2 Panthers didn't have the same offensive firepower as last year when they reached their first IAAM A Conference title game, but they did have Carta. The repeat All-Metro selection posted three consecutive 1-0 playoff shutouts to lead Pallotti to its first conference championship.

The senior finished the season with an 11-5-2 mark that included nine shutouts and 92 saves.

Combining smart positioning and fearless play, Carta was always right where she needed to be. Her consistent play gave her teammates added confidence, which was never more apparent than when it counted most. Seeded fifth, the Panthers knocked off Institute of Notre Dame and top-seeded John Carroll before edging McDonogh in the title game.

Carta is deciding between Towson and St. John's.

Monica Fischer, Fallston
Fast and crafty with the ball, the junior emerged as a go-to player as the Cougars enjoyed a 16-1-1 season that included the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship.

A three-year starter, Fischer had 25 goals and nine assists this season and proved to be a model of consistency. She had a goal or an assist in 14 of the team's 18 games, enjoying one four-goal game and four three-goal games.

Equally impressive was Fischer's ability to make her teammates better. When opponents made it a priority to stop Fischer by sending additional defenders her way, she was able to find open teammates for scoring chances.

Mara Hauf, Institute of Notre Dame
No player in the area better epitomized her team than Hauf, who, at 4 feet 11, was the heart of an overachieving Indians team that went 14-5-1 in the talented IAAM A Conference.

The senior midfielder and team captain brought endless energy, honed skills and overwhelming desire every time she stepped on the field.

Hauf, who was named the Baltimore City Player of the Year, brought a complete package by setting the tempo on offense while remaining responsible on defense. A four-year starter, she had three goals and nine assists this season to finish her career with 25 goals and 15 assists.

Wanting to pursue a career in nursing, Hauf is not sure whether she will continue playing soccer in college.

Gigi Mangione, McDonogh
A strong contributor in her first two seasons, the junior took her game to a higher level this fall with skills, endless energy and grit that led the No.3 Eagles (16-5-2) to the IAAM A Conference championship game.

Mangione, who also saw time at forward, was equally adept at scoring and setting up teammates, finishing the season with 13 goals and nine assists to be named

Baltimore County Player of the Year.

Offensive numbers aside, Mangione's hard work and smart decisions with the ball provided the Eagles with a steadying influence that proved just as valuable. Among the season highlights for Mangione was a game-winning goal in overtime against Pallotti in the regular season.

Randall Marshall, St. Vincent Pallotti
Bringing a strong physical presence at the stopper position, Marshall was counted on to control the flow of a game and provide poise in the middle of the field for the Panthers. In the IAAM A Conference playoffs, the team captain also proved to be a clutch performer at the offensive end.

After scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 overtime win against John Carroll in the semifinals, Marshall put away a second-half goal against McDonogh that gave the Panthers a 1-0 win and the conference championship.

A two-year starter who transferred from Laurel High, the senior finished the season with three goals and one assist. She is undecided on a college.

Erica Page, Archbishop Spalding
The standout junior, who finished with 19 goals and nine assists, makes the jump to the first team after earning second-team honors last year.

Size, speed and a knack for finishing off chances made her one of the toughest marks in the area. Page was able to break down defenders off the dribble or score off crosses, also proving to be a capable distributor. Seven of her goals ended up as game-winners.

Despite playing a good part of her freshman season as a defender, Page will enter her senior season next fall with 40 goals and 15 assists.

Molly Stryker, C. Milton Wright
Asked about the specific strengths of Stryker, a junior sweeper, C.Milton Wright coach Paul Austin had a lengthy list that started with the intensity and smooth play she constantly brought to the field.

With good size and speed, Stryker was the focal point on defense of a team that posted seven shutouts and allowed just 13 goals in a 13-5-1 season that ended with a trip to the Class 4A state championship game. The Mustangs played Quince Orchard to a 0-0 tie through overtime before losing on penalty kicks.

Stryker, a team captain, was the calming influence of the Mustangs' back line. She made smart decisions, was sure on tackles and was able to distribute after winning balls. As a freshman, she was called up from the junior varsity midway through the season and played a role in the Mustangs' state championship team in 2005.

Erica Suter, River Hill
The repeat All-Metro selection closed out a fine four-year career with 19 goals and six assists to lead the No. 1 Hawks to their second straight state championship.

Suter became the team's go-to player on offense this season, dominating the left side with the ability to take on a defender one-on-one, get to goal and finish off scoring chances with poise. She put away the team's biggest goals, scoring the overtime game-winner in the Hawks' 2-1 win over Eastern Tech in the Class 2A state championship game and doing the same in a 4-3 win over Centennial to capture the Howard County title. River Hill coach Brian Song also said Suter was a big help tracking back on defense.

A four-year starter, Suter finished her career with 52 goals and 26 assists. She has committed to play soccer at John Hopkins next fall.

Brittany Yancey, River Hill
The standout junior proved to be a regular source of offense for the Class 2A state champion Hawks. She was able to supply it in a number of ways by dominating from her right midfield position. Yancey used her exceptional speed and skills to win the right side and send balls in the middle or finish off scoring chances, ending up with 15 goals and 12 assists.

She first earned a starting job in the middle of her freshman season and has been an asset ever since, playing her best in the big games.

Yancey earned the assist off a corner kick on game-winning goal in overtime in the state championship game, and also scored three goals in the Hawks' 4-3 win over Centennial in the Howard County championship game.
Second Team
Name, School, Year, Position
Jessica Nonn Catonsville Sr. Forward
Jenna Quaranta John Carroll Sr. Forward
Colby Rhea McDonogh Jr. Forward
Faryn Watts Wilde Lake Jr. Forward
Cassie Cooke Winters Mill Jr. Midfield
Peyton Johnson Catonsville Soph. Midfield
Larkin Nixon Glenelg Sr. Midfield
Samantha Novy Severna Park Sr. Midfield
Elsa Wu Centennial Sr. Midfield
Amy Olson Arundel Sr. Defense
Amy Song River Hill Jr. Defense
Jocelyn Papciak Atholton Sr. Goalie

Honorable mention: Jazzmine Chandler, Pallotti; Katie Cloud, Severna Park; Brittany Dashiell, John Carroll; Jamie Fahey, Loch Raven; Megan Gibbons, McDonogh; Victoria Gustitis, Fallston; Eboney Hutt, McDonogh; Alayna Markwordt, Glenelg; Sarah Mather, Maryvale; Sarah Pfundstein, South River; Katie Schwarzmann, Century; Amber Womack, Eastern Tech.

Note: Teams selected by Glenn Graham after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.