Player of the Year
Trish Young, Liberty, junior, midfield: A veteran, she was the team leader for the state Class 3A-4A semifinalists from her attack wing position. Although she scored 35 goals, she had to be encouraged to go to the goal. "She kept telling me she was content to pass and didn't want to hog the ball, and I kept telling her to shoot," coach Courtney Vaughn said of a player who had eight goals in nine shots in three games (all wins) against North Carroll, the county's second-best team. She was 10-for-16 on free-position shots, and added a team-high 81 ground-ball controls. Despite the solid statistics, her greatest contributions were the things she did without the ball. A smart field player, she read and adapted to opposing situations and used her outstanding speed as much on defense -- causing turnovers and running down ground balls -- as on offense. She was one of two county players chosen for last weekend's National Schoolgirl Championships at McDonogh School.
Coach of the Year
Courtney Vaughn, Liberty: The Lions returned to their regional championship ways this season after a two-year break, and advanced to the state final by beating Walt Whitman, before losing to Annapolis. For the second year in a row, the team featured underclassmen, but where last year was one of learning, this one was one of experience. Sometimes, however, it is tougher to coach a team expected to win than one that isn't, but in this instance Vaughn was able to persevere and bring the group along, because it was still a young team. There were only four seniors on the 21-player squad that was ranked No. 12 in the latest metro area poll. The Lions went 6-0 in the county, 14-4 overall, and outscored four regional foes, 57-18. Vaughn has known both sides. Earlier in the decade, her teams won six straight county titles, and in one three-year span, the mark was 46-4. The 1994 and 1995 teams won county and regional crowns, but each lost to Loch Raven in the Class 1A-2A championship games. More recently, her last two squads had strong records (11-4 and 12-4), but neither made it past the second round of the regionals. Her 11-year record is 120-39.
The first team
Michelle Allen, Liberty, sophomore, attack: A gifted player at either end of the field, she started the first seven games on defense to help that unit, then moved up to direct the attack. She finished with 25 goals, including three in the state semifinal loss to Annapolis. She also had 12 assists and 69 ground-ball controls.
Kellyn Hentz, North Carroll, junior, attack: A two-year choice, she used quickness and stickwork to amass a county-high 53 goals, plus eight assists. In two years, she has 96 goals and 16 assists.
Leah Onda, South Carroll, freshman, attack: An all-around solid player, she had 33 goals and four assists.
Sarah Palaia, Westminster, senior, midfield: A four-year varsity starter, she moves up after receiving second-team recognition a year ago. She was a workhorse on offense and defense, getting the loose balls and forcing turnovers. She ended with 14 goals and five assists.
Jessica Roguski, Liberty, sophomore, midfield: The team leader in practically every statistical category, the returning All-County selection's accomplishments included school records for draw controls in a game (10, twice) and a season (94). There were also 43 goals, including the game-winner in the first North Carroll game; 15 DIB's (draws, interceptions, blocks); 64 ground-ball controls. She was honored by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of USLacrosse for her play and was the county's other player in the National Schoolgirl Championships.
Danielle Shearer, North Carroll, junior, midfield: Directed the offense and provided the team with speed while supplying the other half of a 1-2 scoring punch that finished 1-2 in the county scoring race for a team that was 4-2 in the county, 11-3 overall, and was ranked No. 13 in the latest metro area poll. She had 39 goals, 18 assists in earning a second successive All-County honor, and now has two-year totals of 78 goals and 38 assists.
Heather Stoetzer, South Carroll, senior, midfield: A wing, her outstanding speed was a contributing factor as she was equally strong on offense and defense
Jen Berarducci, Liberty, junior, defense: A repeat All-County choice, the team captain developed into the defensive leader with her speed and stick skills. She had 78 ground ball controls, 20 DIB's, and took 11 charges in the last 10 games. She added seven goals and two assists.
Cara McConville, Liberty, sophomore, defense: A steady player with an uncanny ability for reading the opposition, she kept popping up from nowhere to force a turnover or come up with a loose ball. Had a school-record five DIB's in a game (vs. North Carroll in the regionals) and totaled 18 for the season. There were also 51 groundball controls and 19 draw controls. In a 22-6 regional quarterfinal win over Magruder, she moved up, and scored three goals.
Kate Wall, North Carroll, junior, defense: A dominating defender, she was at her best in thwarting opposing shooters.
Gina Cinquegrani, Liberty, junior, goalkeeper: Improving dramatically during the season, she finished with 124 saves and a save percentage of 50, but seemed to have her best games against the strongest teams -- 14 saves vs. No. 5 Towson; seven vs. North Carroll in the regionals; 15 vs. Annapolis in the state semifinals.
Lisa Duke, Westminster, senior, goalkeeper: She finished with 124 saves and a save percentage of 63, while allowing an average of five goals a game. Her efforts were particularly impressive, considering the defense in front of her was not as strong as in recent seasons.
Pub Date: 5/27/98