Player of the Year
Becky Trumbo, Liberty: A repeat first-team attacker, Trumbo led the No. 8-ranked Lions in nearly every offensive category. She had 100 points -- 68 goals and 32 assists. She also shot 54 percent. Her biggest burst came with seven goals in a win over South Carroll that gave the Lions sole possession of first place in Carroll County, a position they would never relinquish. Trumbo also scored five goals on several occasions including the 17-10 regional final loss to No. 1 Mount Hebron. "She's just a true competitor," Lions coach Courtney Vaughn said. "She wants the ball with the game on the line with five seconds left." Trumbo also led the team in draw controls with 70, a third of the Lions' season total. Her defensive skills improved and she contributed to almost every facet of the Lions' game. "She sees the field extremely well," said Vaughn, "and she's not afraid to do the little things. If the ball's on the ground, she'll pick it up and put it in the net. She's not afraid to go after it."
Coach of the Year
Courtney Vaughn, Liberty: Last year's All-Metro Coach of the Year guided a much younger team than a year ago, but she and the Lions didn't skip a beat. They went 8-0 in Carroll County and won the county title -- the 11th in Vaughn's 14 years. They finished 14-3 after running into No. 1 Mount Hebron in the Class 3A-2A North Regional final and falling, 17-10. The greatest challenge for Vaughn was to develop new leadership for her team. "These kids didn't have anybody to look up to as they did in the past," Vaughn said. The Lions took awhile to mesh as a team, but once they did, they emerged as an unselfish group. They had as many assists as their opponents had goals. "It was nice to see them come together, because we had a lot of individuals at the beginning of the season," said Vaughn, whose record at Liberty stands at 167-46.
Linda Ackermann, Liberty: The versatile senior started the season on attack, but moved back to provide more stability to the Lions' defense. Her stick skills and speed proved critical in transition where she could force a turnover and bring the ball out. A second-team selection last year, Ackermann had 46 ground balls and five interceptions, and scored nine goals with four assists. She will play next year at Salisbury State.
Laura Sue Cavey, Liberty: A repeat first-teamer, Cavey always drew tough defensive assignments. The senior defense wing couldn't be intimidated and was never afraid to challenge. The fastest player on the team and a natural left-hander, she had 54 ground balls and five interceptions and contributed five goals and nine assists. Cavey will play soccer this fall at Western Maryland.
Kristen Gombeski, Westminster: A transition spark for the Owls, the senior combined strong attack instincts with solid defensive skills to excel at center. Her speed gave the Owls a lot of options when she brought the ball out of the defensive end. Consistent and unselfish, Gombeski was second on the team in scoring, contributing 30 goals and 10 assists. Second-team All-County last season, Gombeski will play next year at Ohio University.
Jenny Kasper, South Carroll: An attack-minded center, Kasper is a repeat first-teamer. Often using her speed to strike in transition, the junior contributed 30 goals and 16 assists for the Cavaliers (10-4), who finished second in Carroll County. An unselfish player who placed her team's success above her own stats, Kasper also put her solid stick skills to use on the defensive end.
Erin LaMotte, North Carroll: The junior second home displayed terrific passing skills, looking to feed her opponents as often as score. She finished second for the Panthers (8-6) in scoring with 24 goals and 14 assists. Patient and able to settle the attack, LaMotte often gave up her own shot to feed a teammate. A second-team selection last season, she will play at Mount St. Mary's.
Caitlin Link, Westminster: The senior, who split time at attack wing and third home, emerged as the Owls' top offensive threat. She led the team in points (42), goals (31) and assists (11). A strong feeder, Link also showed off excellent one-on-one skills both in her ability to beat defenders and to bury her shots. A second-teamer last season, Link will join Gombeski at Ohio University.
Leah Onda, South Carroll: The Cavaliers' leading scorer for four years is the only player on this year's team to be selected four times to the All-County first team. Onda excelled as a finisher, combining an accurate shot with an aggressive style. She led the Cavaliers with 67 goals and 20 assists, bringing her four-year totals to 207 goals and 60 assists. Onda will move on to Johns Hopkins.
Sarah Petrella, South Carroll: The Cavaliers' goalie faced 306 shots and finished with a 51 percent save rate. She made 130 saves and allowed an average of nine goals a game. One of Petrella's strengths, however, was her on-the-money clearing. Mentally tough and a good communicator, Petrella played more aggressively and with more confidence this season.
Ashley Schwarzmann, South Carroll: Naturally left-handed, Schwarzmann emerged as the Cavaliers' top defensive player. Fast and aggressive with a strong, accurate check, the junior defense wing could force turnovers and start her team moving on transition. Schwarzmann proved a key communicator on defense, working well one-on-one or within the team unit.
Meagan Voight, Liberty: A repeat first-team player, Voight provided a lot of scoring out of the midfield. Her smooth stick skills and ability to go right or left made her a strong shooter. The junior was second on the team in points with 60 -- 41 goals and 19 assists. She had a couple of five-goal games and three four-goal games. Voight also vacuumed up 48 ground balls and had six interceptions.
Lindsay Weiner, Liberty: A first-team pick last season on attack, Weiner moved to center and provided a little bit of everything for the Lions. Third on the team in scoring with 38 goals and 16 assists, the junior scored on 54 percent of her shots. She also led the team in ground balls with 56 and provided solid midfield defense. Calm under pressure, she scored on five of eight eight-meter shots.
Kelsey Withrow, Liberty: The vocal leader on the Lions' line defense, Withrow led the team with 14 blocks and also had 37 ground balls. The repeat first-teamer excelled at reading the opposition and knowing when to hold her mark or go after the ball. She set a school single-game record for blocks with seven. The junior also could score, contributing three goals.
The girls teams
Player of the Year: Becky Trumbo, Liberty
Coach of the Year: Courtney Vaughn, Liberty
Erin LaMotte...North Carrolli...Seniori...Attack
Leah Ondai...South Carrolli...Seniori...Attack
Jenny Kasperi...South Carrolli...Juniori...Midfield
Laura Sue Caveyi...Libertyi...Seniori...Defense
Ashley Schwarzmanni...South Carrolli...Juniori...Defense
Sarah Petrellai...South Carrolli...Seniori...Goalie
Sarah Guynn...F.S. Key...Senior...Attack
Valarie Legg...F.S. Key...Senior...Attack
Angela Aschenbrenner...South Carroll...Sophomore...Midfield
Lacey Hentz...North Carroll...Senior...Midfield
Megan Crisler...North Carroll...Junior...Defense
Jen Nordling...South Carroll...Senior...Defense