Player of the Year
Erin McInnes, Roland Park, senior, attack: The No. 1 player on the No. 1 team, McInnes was the central cog in a 22-0 machine. She led the AIS A Division champion Reds in scoring with 83 goals and 22 assists and played key roles on draw control and transition. "When she had the ball in her stick, she created about 75 percent of our offense," said coach Tara Kramer. A consistent, mentally tough player, McInnes never had a bad game. Her defensive skills improved this year and she became an all-around complete player. Also an All-Metro field hockey player, McInnes will play next year at North Carolina.
Coach of the Year
Tara Kramer, Roland Park: A former All-America attacker at Loyola in her second year as head coach, Kramer guided the No. 1 Reds to a perfect season while playing probably the toughest schedule in the nation. They beat the national pre-season No. 1, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, at a March tournament in San Diego and polished off the season with a second victory over Notre Dame Prep for the AIS A Division championship, Roland Park's sixth title in eight years. Along the way, the Reds won nine games against teams ranked in The Sun's Top 15 and outscored the opposition by an average of 10 goals.
The first team
Kate Ahearn, St. Paul's, senior, attack: Also an All-Metro field hockey player, Ahearn was a bright spot in a difficult season for the Gators (5-6). Their go-to player at third home, she scored 29 goals and had 15 assists. Ahearn was a solid all-around player, also proving instrumental on transition and midfield defense. She is headed for Georgetown.
Lauren Aumiller, Notre Dame Prep, junior, midfield: A repeat first-teamer, Aumiller controlled transition for the No. 2 Pirates (14-2). At center, she dominated the draw with her great reach, quickness and natural athleticism. Her versatility made her a top defender while she contributed 71 goals and 32 assists for the AIS A Division runners-up.
Lindsay Buchanan, Towson, junior, midfield: field: A repeat first-teamer, Buchanan led the No. 6 Generals (16-2) to the state Class 1A/2A final for the second straight year. She scored five goals in each of her last four games including the 9-7 title-game loss to Mount Hebron. A versatile, athletic player critical to transition, Buchanan scored 62 goals and 37 assists.
Molly Cangemi, Notre Dame Prep, senior, midfield: Switching from attack to defense wing as a sophomore, the Virginia-bound Cangemi has developed into a threat at both ends of the field. Her speed, quickness and anticipation made her a threat to check or intercept. With a terrific shot, Cangemi could also finish, contributing 53 goals and 20 assists.
Tricia Dabrowski, Dulaney, senior, goalie: An All-Metro second-teamer as a freshman and sophomore, Dabrowski bounced back from rotator-cuff surgery to post a 66 percent save rate for the No. 14 Lions (11-3). She gave up only 5.9 goals per game. A more confident player out of the crease, she improved her clear distance and accuracy. Dabrowski is headed for Loyola.
Ashley Froman, Loch Raven, junior, defense: Froman played a variety of positions for the No. 15 Raiders (10-3) but always marked the opposition's best attack player. An excellent position defender with a well-timed check, Froman proved an excellent decision maker. She also provided the spark in the Raiders transition game with her speed and versatility.
Betsy Gaines, Roland Park, junior, midfield: This attack wing was a key transition player who could also finish. Known for her blocks, interceptions and ground balls, she also had 59 goals and 37 assists. An All-Metro basketball player, Gaines was at her best in the big games including the AIS championship when she scored four goals in the victory over NDP.
Kate Kaiser, Notre Dame Prep, senior, midfield: Kaiser, a first-team All-Metro pick last year, was everywhere. Her quick check, ability to run both ends of the field and sheer aggressiveness enabled her to control the midfield. She could also finish, contributing 15 goals and five assists. Also All-Metro in field hockey, Kaiser will play lacrosse at Duke.
Ella Masson, Friends, senior, defense: The Quakers defensive quarterback, Masson excelled on the crease or in the open field. The defense wing emerged as a leader on a young defense. A strong checker with great speed and anticipation, she could come up with a ground ball or the interception to spark the Quakers on transition. She will play at Penn.
Lauren Miller, Roland Park, senior, attack: A consistent, confident attacker at second home, Miller posted some of the most balanced numbers around with 51 goals and 45 assists. Excellent at rolling the crease and using her height (6 feet), she also provided a steadying influence for her teammates. Miller will move on to play at Boston College.
Jaimee Reynolds, Towson, senior, defense: A second-team All-Metro pick last year, Reynolds was the heart of a defense that allowed just 5.4 goals per game. An outstanding line defender, she marked the opposition's top scorer, using excellent footwork and quickness to control the crease. Also All-Metro in volleyball, Reynolds will play lacrosse at Cornell.
Melissa Riggs, Garrison Forest, senior, attack: At 6-feet tall, Riggs overwhelmed opponents on the crease and also had one of the hardest shots in the AIS. She led the Grizzlies in scoring with 29 goals and a team-high 30 assists. The nation's top female high school polo player, Riggs is headed for Cornell. She will play polo but also hopes to play lacrosse.
Theresa Sherry, Bryn Mawr, sophomore, defense: At third man, Sherry used her speed and athleticism to provide the transition spark for the No. 4 Mawrtians (11-4). She played excellent position defense and was good at denying her mark the ball. Although she only scored two goals, they both came in critical situations in playoff games.
Kim Smith, Bryn Mawr, senior, attack: A repeat first teamer, Smith had the quickest first step around and was unmatched in her ability to beat defenders on the crease. She finished with 49 goals and 22 assists. Smith became a better all-around player this year, seeing the field and distributing the ball more. Also an All-Metro field hockey player, Smith will play both sports at Princeton.
Wick Stanwick, Notre Dame Prep, junior, attack: Stanwick stepped up this season, using an outstanding shot to score 71 goals and precise passing to add 35 assists. Undaunted by pressure, Stanwick came up big in the AIS tournament. She scored five goals including the game winner in an overtime semifinal against Bryn Mawr that put NDP in the final for the third straight year.
Pub Date: 5/27/98