Player of the Year: Ann Brennan, Westminster
Coaches of the Year: Brenda Baker and Sue Hooper, Westminster
Name, School, Year, Position
Becky Bosley, North Carroll, Junior, Goalie
Ann Brennan, Westminster, Senior, Forward
Heather Carter, Liberty, Senior, Goalie
Jackie Chase, North Carroll, Senior, Link
Nikki Cornell, Westminster, Senior, Defense
Shelly Dinterman, Westminster, Senior, Defense
Stacey Greene, F. Scott Key, Senior, Forward
Megan Magee, Westminster, Senior, Link
Jen Medura, Westminster, Senior, Forward
Ashley Meehan, Liberty, Junior, Defense
Jen Parrish, F. Scott Key, Junior, Forward
Diana Vaughan, North Carroll, Junior, Defense
Name, School, Year, Position
Heather Arnold, F. Scott Key, Junior, Link
Corrina Batten, Westminster, Senior, Link
Allison Cain, South Carroll, Senior, Forward
Annie Eggers, North Carroll, Junior, Forward
Jessica Etzler, South Carroll, Senior, Defense
Kelly Grammes, Liberty, Senior, Forward
Jessica Horneman, Liberty, Senior, Defense
Netia Little, Westminster, Senior, Defense
Becky Towns, Westminster, Sophomore, Forward
Jen Wildesen, F. Scott Key, Senior, Defense
Player of the Year
Ann Brennan, Westminster, senior, forward: Brennan had a way of puzzling defenders with her crafty stickwork and relentless work ethic, owning the left side of the field for the Owls the past three years. The first-team all-state selection finished the season with nine goals and six assists, leading the Owls to a perfect 12-0 regular season and another state playoff appearance. "She definitely provided the spark for our offense," said Westminster co-coach Brenda Baker. "She's a very unselfish player and that can be attributed by the fact she nearly had as many assists as goals. She loves the game, and it shows when she's out there playing." Brennan was a team player who was willing to do whatever it took to get a Westminster win. "She just couldn't do anything wrong," said Westminster co-coach Sue Hooper. "She always gave it her all and will be hard to replace, big-time hard to replace. They don't make many like her." As a three-year starter, Brennan finished with 21 goals and 19 assists.
Coaches of the Year
Brenda Baker and Sue Hooper, Westminster: The Owls were flawless through the regular season and region playoffs before a tough 2-0 loss to Walt Whitman in the state semifinals. There have been many great teams produced at Westminster, but none, except the 1995 squad, can stake claim to a perfect 12-0 regular season. The Owls, with 12 seniors on the roster, were more than an incredible field hockey team. "The main thing was they were always willing to give up time to get better and were always there to help each other out -- it was like a family," said Hooper. The makings of this team began three years ago when Hooper and Baker brought up a few sophomores to the varsity level. The rest of the strong senior group followed the next season and by their senior year, they were a group that played as one. "It was a rewarding year," Baker said. "We won 14 straight games to get to that last one and that one was tough, but you have to put it aside and appreciate what they accomplished. They did it with hard work."
First team at a glance
Becky Bosley, North Carroll, Jr., goalie: There were times when the Panthers were simply overmatched, but Bosley's all-around athleticism in goal was their equalizer. Some of her best work came in a 1-0 loss against Westminster in which she came up with 12 saves. The Panthers reached the region finals and finished 11-4 with Bosley recording 72 saves and allowing just four goals the entire way.
Heather Carter, Liberty, Sr., goalie: Carter brought athleticism to the goal and was a sound technician, covering angles well to keep opponents frustrated. She finished the season with nine shutouts, allowing just six goals with 79 saves. An honorable mention all-state selection, Carter finished her high school career with 21 shutouts.
Jackie Chase, North Carroll, Sr., link: Chase was North Carroll's presence in the middle of the field and also provided much-needed leadership for a young team that had only one other senior on the roster. "She had an outstanding senior year," said North Carroll coach Denean Koontz. "She dominated at midfield and contributed offensively and defensively. She was the kind of kid that was just everywhere."
Nikki Cornell, Westminster, Sr., defense: It's difficult to stand out playing defense, but Cornell did just that this season. The three-year starter took control of the Westminster defense with exceptional skills and aggressive play. "Nikki was our coordinator on defense," said Westminster co-coach Brenda Baker. "She had excellent ball handling skills that are usually more prevalent with offensive players. She has good game sense and was always able to put herself in position where she could get the ball."
Shelly Dinterman, Westminster, Sr., defense: One of the biggest surprises of the season was the play of Dinterman, who became a reliable component in the Owls defense. "She came into the season with a lot of heart and field hockey was her priority," said Westminster co-coach Brenda Baker. "She sharpened her skills and was consistent each game. She really picked up the slack for us." Dinterman also had a fine scoop on restarts.
Stacey Greene, F. Scott Key, Sr., forward: One of the most prolific scorers in the county's history, Greene closed out a stellar career with 24 goals and eight assists this season. Her eight goals against Catoctin was a Maryland record and second all-time in the country. As a four-year starter, she finished with 57 goals and 14 assists, leading the Eagles to a state title her sophomore year and earning Carroll Player of the Year honors as a junior. "She was a tremendous leader with great instincts. She had the size, strength and speed. She'll be missed," said Key coach Mindi Wagner.
Megan Magee, Westminster, Sr., link: The repeat first-team all-county selection carried the load offensively for the Owls in the early part of their undefeated regular season and was equally effective defensively. "She's just a good all-around player who mastered the game both offensively and defensively," said Westminster co-coach Brenda Baker.
Jen Medura, Westminster, Sr., forward: A two-year starter and second-team all-county selection last year, Medura led the Owls in goals with 11 and also added three assists. A strong finisher inside the circle, Medura was the perfect complement to teammate Ann Brennan. "Goal-wise, she led the team and was always where she needed to be," said Westminster co-coach Brenda Baker. One of Medura's biggest goals of the season came in the Owls' 1-0 win over Watkins Mill in a region opener.
Ashley Meehan, Liberty, Jr., defense: Meehan quietly went about her business and enjoyed another fine season on defense. An injury to teammate Jessica Horneman moved her to the center back position early in the season and she responded well, making a smooth transition from her normal right back spot. "She's just a steady player, not flashy but just gets the job done," Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn said. Meehan earned second-team all-county honors last season and will likely move to center back on a more permanent basis next season.
Jen Parrish, F. Scott Key, Jr., forward: With opposing defenses concentrating on shutting down Stacey Greene, Parrish took advantage with 12 goals and four assists this season. She was quick to the ball, providing plenty of finesse and nifty stickwork for the Eagles at her left wing position with a strong ability to finish on scoring chances. Listed among the "players to watch" by the Maryland State High School Field Hockey Coaches Association, Parrish will be a go-to player next season.
Diana Vaughan, North Carroll, Jr., defense: The Panthers' steadying influence on defense, Vaughan took charge at her sweeper position with poise, fine stickwork and tenacity. "She withstood a lot of pressure. She's a strong kid with great stickwork and she just dominates back there," said North Carroll coach Denean Koontz.
Picking the teams
The Baltimore Sun 1995 All Carroll County volleyball and field hockey teams were selected by Jeff Seidel and Glenn P. Graham, respectively, through game observations and after consulting with area coaches.