COACH OF THE YEAR
* Lil Shelton, Severna Park -- The dean of county field hockey coaches, Shelton produced her second straight state champion and seventh since 1978. Her record in 19 seasons is 239-36-5. Shelton and assistant Sue Behringer fashioned a defense that didn't allow a goal until the state semifinal game against Calvert. During that period, the offense scored 45 goals. In both the state semifinal and final, the Falcons came from behind to win. After two decades at Severna Park, Shelton shows no signs of staleness. Before the state semifinal against Calvert at Goucher College, she said, "I'm so glad to be here. It's such a great feeling to be in the states on this great field."
ALL-COUNTY FIRST TEAM
* Tressa Campbell, Severna Park, senior, attack -- An excellent feeder, Campbell has a strong crossing pass that sends the ball toward the net for a teammate to knock in. She had nine goals and seven assists. "One of her strengths is denying a goalie's clear," said coach Lil Shelton.
* Holly Colajezzi, Chesapeake, junior, goal -- She controlled the defense while making 70 saves. She was instrumental in keeping the score respectable in the season-ending 1-0 loss to Severna Park in the regional final. She gave up only two goals all season.
* Erin Kelly, Severna Park, senior, defense -- She was named to the Maryland State High School Field Hockey Coaches Association first team. Kelly anchored a defense that didn't allow a goal until the state semifinals. "She has a powerful drive and can thread it through a defense," Falcons coach Lil Shelton said.
* Lesley Knowles, Arundel, senior, midfield -- A co-captain, Knowles had four goals and four assists and was the team's leading scorer in her three years as a starter with 10 goals and 12 assists. As testimony to her value, she was moved from the forward line to the midfield this year to get the ball to the attackers.
* Heidi Motzer, Arundel, senior, midfield -- The Wildcats' co-captain collected five goals and two assists. She displayed good stickwork, ball control and passing. As an example of her determination, she broke her nose last year during the regular season, but returned for the playoffs. In softball, she is a second baseman.
* Becky Paul, Severn, senior, defense -- Precious few attackers get past the Admirals' sweeper, according to coach Anne Eisinger. "In pressure situations, she consistently came out with the ball from a swarm of players," Eisinger said. Paul was the pillar of a strong defense that allowed six goals and only one-third as many shots as last year's team.
* Emily Plenge, Chesapeake, junior, attack -- A hard hitter, Plenge led Chesapeake with 11 goals and three assists. The key to the attack was to feed Plenge, the fastest runner on the team. "She's also on the indoor and outdoor track teams and an honor-roll student," said coach Jerry Raab.
* Natalie Schmitz, Chesapeake, senior, defense -- The captain and a three-year starter, Schmitz led the Cougars in tackles (taking the ball off an opponent's stick) and interceptions. "She was our key defensive player," said coach Jerry Raab, noting that Chesapeake gave up only four goals, all to Severna Park.
* Amy Senger, Severna Park, senior, attack -- A big-game player, Senger had the goal in the 1-0 regional final win over Chesapeake, one in the 2-1 victory over Calvert in the state semifinals and one in the 2-1 win over Richard Montgomery in the final. After scoring two goals in the first half of the season, she erupted for seven in the second half. "I'm amazed by her endurance," coach Lil Shelton said. "She's like an Energizer battery."
* Robin Sosnow, Severna Park, senior, midfield -- She is adept at flicking the ball into the air with her stick, over defenders' heads and within reach of the offensive line. She is a good feeder. Tenacious, she doesn't let many players get by her.
* Marie Swartwood, Spalding, senior, defense -- A four-year starter and first-team selection by the Maryland State High School Field Hockey Coaches Association, Swartwood was the heart of Spalding's team. Swartwood is being recruited by Johns Hopkins and Holy Cross.
* Kim Tolbert, Meade, junior, defense -- The "consummate team player," in coach Kelly Holden's opinion, Tolbert frequently drew compliments from officials and other coaches for her scooping and driving. She had a goal and an assist as Meade went from a 1-11 record last year to 5-6-1. "She can play anywhere on the field," Holden said.
HOW THE TEAM WAS PICKED
The Baltimore Sun All-Anne Arundel County Field Hockey Team was selected by Roch Eric Kubatko after consultation with county coaches.