1993 FIELD HOCKEY

THE BALTIMORE SUN

THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Peggy Boutilier, Roland Park, senior, midfield -- A first-team All-Metro pick last year, Boutilier is the area's best all-around player. She scored 11 goals and had three assists for the Reds as they won a fifth straight Association of Independent Schools A Division tournament title. Especially lethal on penalty corners, Boutilier nailed three goals off corners in a single game. The complete package of skills, game sense and athletic ability, Boutilier showed no weaknesses. "She's absolutely the best hockey player I've every been fortunate enough to coach," said Reds coach Debbie Bloodsworth. "Everybody on the team looked to her at all times and she always came through on the field." Despite playing the attack half of the Reds' two-girl midfield, Boutilier also excelled defensively. Often the key to the Reds' transition, she could control the ball and move it past anyone. The Player of the Year in Baltimore City/County and also an All-Metro lacrosse star, the highly recruited Boutilier has decided to play for the University of Virginia next fall.

COACHES OF THE YEAR

* Sue Hooper and Brenda Baker, Westminster -- The deans of field hockey coaches in Carroll County turned in what just might be their greatest coaching performance. Few coaches can lose an entire starting lineup at the tough 4A level and come back with a 12-3 season and a berth in the state semifinals. Making their job even more incredible was the fact that their top players were not considered to match past Westminster greats. But Hooper (22 seasons at Westminster with a 239-55-12 record and four state titles) and Baker (11 seasons at Westminster with a 122-26-5 record and three state championships) soon turned those players into an aggressive team that was unbeaten through the first seven games. In the state semifinals, Richard Montgomery needed a 2-1 overtime victory to end the Owls' tremendous season. "

ALL-METRO FIRST TEAM

* Jill Ballard, North Carroll, junior, midfielder -- Player of the Year in Carroll County, Ballard was the primary reason North Carroll allowed only two goals all season. "Jill controls the field," said Panthers coach Denean Koontz. "Hardly anybody ever got by her. She has great ball sense, great perception of the game and always knows where the ball is." Ballard also scored three goals and had two assists. She twice came within a judgment call of winning the state class 2A West regional final against Liberty with a goal. Ballard had two goals disallowed by infractions in that 1-0 shootout loss to Liberty, a setback that left the Panthers with an 11-2-1 record and no berth in the state semifinals.

* Tennille Foster, Perry Hall, senior, defense -- Coach Linda Fisher said Foster "did everything" for the Gators, co-champions in Baltimore County. An aggressive back with speed and quickness, Foster could stop almost anybody one-on-one. A first-team All-Baltimore City/County and second-team All-State pick, Foster could convert her defensive skills to offense as well, scoring two goals for the Gators (10-1). Foster hammered several shots at the goal in overtime of the Class 4A regional final, but the Gators ended up falling, 2-1, to Westminster.

* Colleen Gately, Severna Park, senior, attack -- The top gun in an offense that scored 45 goals, Gately led the No. 1 Falcons with 13 goals and eight assists. A strong finisher with great speed, Gately managed to put up the big numbers even though coach Lil Shelton rested her for a half in six games. When she was in, however, she always threatened for the two-time state Class 4A champs. Shelton called her "goal hungry," determined to do whatever it took to put the ball in the goal. The Player of the Year in Anne Arundel County, Gately will play next year for the University of Virginia.

* Pam Gauss, Fallston, senior, attack -- The Player of the Year in Harford County, Gauss came up big in the big games. She scored both goals in 1-0 state playoff victories over Liberty and Parkside en route to the Class 2A title. In both games, Gauss deflected in passes from her teammates. "Pam has a knack for being in the right spot at the right time," said Fallston coach Alice Puckett. Second on the Cougars' squad in scoring with seven goals and two assists, Gauss proved most important in creating offensive situations. * Stacey Greene, Francis Scott Key, sophomore, forward -- This All-Carroll County first-teamer has super sprint speed, superb instincts on offense and defense and knows how to score. All those talents enable Greene to take over a game. She had 12 goals and three assists for the state Class 1A champions and was credited by coach Mindi Wagner for playing a major defensive role in the 1-0 victory over Pocomoke in the state title game. "She instinctively cut off Pocomoke's link [Jodi Byrd]," said Wagner. "When I called timeout, I told Stacey she was just where she needed to be. They were triple-teaming her, but she still played a major role in our victory."

* Erin Kelly, Severna Park, senior, defense -- Defensively, no team could match No. 1 Severna Park, and Kelly was a big reason. A smart player with strong drives and good reverse stick moves, this left back helped the Falcons record 14 shutouts. They allowed just two goals all season -- both in the state playoffs. Named first-team All-Anne Arundel County and first-team All-State, Kelly played the toughest defensive position for the unbeaten two-time state Class 4A champs. "She has a powerful drive and can thread it through a defense," Falcons coach Lil Shelton said.

* Brent McCallister, Roland Park, senior, midfield -- The defensive half of the Reds' excellent midfield, McCallister dominated the opposition, especially in the AIS tournament. A two-time All-Baltimore City/County first-team pick, McCallister scored one of two shootout goals to lift the Reds over Bryn Mawr in the tournament semifinal. In the title game, she stopped almost every ball and every break headed in her direction as the Reds beat Severn, 1-0, for their fifth straight AIS A Division crown. The AIS All-Star was second-team All-State.

* Kelly Naylor, Oakland Mills, senior, goalkeeper -- One of only two All-Metro repeat picks, Naylor is a three-time All-Howard County keeper. This season, she picked up where she left off a year ago. Technically strong with great reflexes, Naylor had 165 saves in 12 games with a 92.7-percent save rate. She played her most sensational game of the season, recording 21 saves in a losing effort to Pikesville in the Class 2A regional playoffs. A four-year starter for the Scorpions, Naylor earned first-team All-State honors for the second year in a row. A Futures Program participant, she was named an alternate to the Junior Olympics last summer.

* Shawny Nellums, Friends, senior, midfield -- One of the fastest players in the AIS, Nellums also had the control to go with it. At center link, she scored a goal and had two assists for the Quakers, who finished 8-4-2 in the AIS A Division. But Nellums' forte was definitely defense. An All-Baltimore City/County first-team selection, Nellums came up big in the big games marking out some of the AIS' top attack players.

* Becky Tregoning, Francis Scott Key, senior, defense -- Tregoning saved her best effort for crunch time, playing a remarkable second half as the Eagles held off Pocomoke for a 1-0 victory and the state Class 1A title. Tregoning, an All-Carroll County first-teamer, seemed to be everywhere as she ran down one Pocomoke player after another coming into Key territory. Key coach Mindi Wagner said, "We were a close-knit team and Becky deserves a lot of credit for it." * Katrina Wolfe, Centennial, senior, midfield -- Every part of the Eagles' game revolved around Wolfe this season. At right link, she led a young team with tremendous skills and confidence. The Player of the Year in Howard County, Wolfe scored six goals and had five assists but also played tremendous defense. Coach Gail Purcell said the Eagles could not have won the Howard County title or reached their Class 3A regional final without Wolfe. A two-time All-Howard County pick, Wolfe received honorable-mention All-State.

THE TEAMS HOW THE TEAMS WERE PICKED

The Baltimore Sun 1993 All-Metro field hockey teams were selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with staff writers and area coaches.

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