Player of the Year
Meg Dentler, Arundel: One of the smallest players in the county stood out as the most important cog in a Wildcats team that advanced to the Class 4A-3A East Regional semifinals. The 5-foot senior goalie allowed 4.8 goals a game and turned away 182 shots, saving 70.5 percent of the shots she faced. Dentler, who began her career as a goalie during her sophomore season, honed her clears and mixed that with an acute sense of anticipation for a shooter's tendencies. Arundel coach Leann Shuck said one-goal losses to Class 4A-3A state champion Severna Park, No. 10-ranked Broadneck and Class 3A-2A state finalist South River wouldn't have been possible without Dentler, a team captain who will play at George Mason next spring. "She took [teams] like Severna Park, Annapolis, South River and Broadneck to the end," said Severna Park coach Carin Peterson. "For what Meg did, she was phenomenal."
Coach of the Year
Kim McNemar, South River: Asking McNemar to make the transition from JV to varsity coach wasn't a drastic change for her. After all, McNemar was the architect of Catonsville's first state title in 1996. But in her first year as head coach in Edgewater, McNemar guided the Seahawks to a 15-4 record, a Class 3A-2A East Regional title and a berth in the 3A-2A state final. Eleven of South River's 20 varsity players were freshmen and sophomores, but McNemar molded the squad into a unit that challenged county juggernauts Annapolis and Severna Park before finishing third in the county. "I don't want to say it was a surprise, but I didn't expect us to go that far," said McNemar, who will lose just five players to graduation and hopes to add 3A-2A state champion Mount Hebron to the Seahawks' regular-season schedule next spring. "If you want to win, you have to play the competition," she said.
Nicki Barnes, Severna Park: Not even an injured quadriceps could prevent the senior midfielder from guiding the Falcons (17-3) to their second straight state crown. Barnes, a two-time All-County selection, registered 24 goals and 12 assists. Versatile enough to play defense, Barnes' biggest contribution was her ability to carry the ball from the defensive end to the offensive zone. A four-year starter and team captain, Barnes will play at North Carolina.
Lindsey Biles, Severn: Whenever Admirals coach Renie Sotiropoulos needed a score, the senior midfielder would answer the call. Biles, a two-time All-County selection, tallied a county-high 87 goals and chipped in 29 assists. She also led Severn (14-5-1) in ground balls with more than 100 this season. A slick scorer who could also use her foot speed to pursue opposing attackers, Biles will continue her career at Princeton.
Kristen Burke, Severna Park: At 6-1, the senior attackman was an obvious target for opposing coaches and their best defenders. Yet Burke continued to rip the nets, recording a team-high 38 goals and 10 assists. By virtue of her height, Burke used her long legs to out-sprint defenders to the cage. A three-year varsity starter, Burke has committed to play for Penn State next year.
Jackie Colacicco, South River: Part of a one-two punch for the Seahawks, the senior attackman blossomed into a scoring threat this season. Colacicco posted 49 goals and 28 assists. An accurate shooter, she seemingly caught every ball thrown in her general direction. A fourth-year varsity player and team captain, Colacicco signed with Delaware.
Brooke Dieringer, St. Mary's: The junior attackman was the oil in the No. 11 Saints' machine that finished 11-8-1. Dieringer, a two-time All-County selection, registered 40 goals and 14 assists for St. Mary's. Blessed with the ability to see the whole field and her teammates, Dieringer refined her image as a shooter by firing with either hand. A third-year varsity player, Dieringer will be one of the more heavily recruited players in the area.
Kristy Dirks, Annapolis: The senior midfielder was one-third of the trio that powered the No. 7 Panthers to a 16-2 mark and the county championship. Dirks, a three-time All-County pick, was second on the team in points with 71 (46 goals, 25 assists). A good defender, Dirks had no second thoughts about hurling herself after a a ground ball. A four-year varsity starter and team captain, Dirks will play at Duke.
Kelli Hogan, South River: What a difference a season - and a new coach - made for the senior midfielder. After getting little playing time last year, Hogan developed into a potent offensive threat, notching a team high in assists (39) and converting 47 goals. Hogan's experience as a third-year varsity player has drawn interest from some colleges.
Paige Macey, North County: On a Knights' team that fell a game shy of a .500 record, the senior attackman shined. Often marked by the opposing team's best defender, Macey still contributed 42 goals and 23 assists. A team captain for the past three seasons, Macey will continue her career at Frostburg State.
Kristy Manas, Southern: The senior midfielder had a season to remember. Manas' 46 goals and 21 assists led the Bulldogs to the 2A-1A state final. Her stick skills and accurate shot convinced coach Linda Kilpatrick to run the offense through Manas. A fourth-year varsity player and team captain, Manas will join Dentler at George Mason next spring.
Sarah Oliphant, Annapolis: For pure offensive fireworks, the senior attackman was a crowd-pleaser. Oliphant, a three-time All-County choice, recorded team highs in goals (57) and assists (53). A rangy athlete, she was most potent behind the net where she could either curl around the post for a shot or dump the ball to an open teammate. A three-year varsity starter and team captain, Oliphant has signed with Georgetown.
Brooke Richards, Broadneck: If there was one player on the Bruins' roster to watch, this junior midfielder was it. Richards tallied a team-high 92 points (56, 36) for Broadneck (10-5). Quick and strong, she developed an uncanny sense of finding teammates for goals. She has already drawn interest from some colleges.
Lindsey Stover, Severna Park: A defender by nature, the senior grew into a dual threat as a scorer. Stover finished her third varsity season with 30 goals and four assists. She had one of the hardest shots in the county and could mark an opposing team's most potent shooter. Stover has committed to play at North Carolina with Barnes, her Falcons' teammate.
Acacia Walker, Annapolis: The senior's speed and stick helped her become the Panthers' top defender. The three-time All-County selection also registered 40 goals and 30 assists to finish as the team's third-leading scorer. A four-year varsity starter and team captain, Walker will continue her career with defending national champion Maryland.
The girls teams
Player of the Year: Meg Dentler, Arundel
Coach of the Year: Kim McNemar, South River
Kristen Burke...Severna Park...Senior...Attack
Jackie Colacicco...South River...Senior...Attack
Brooke Dieringer...St. Mary's...Junior...Attack
Paige Macey...North County...Senior...Attack
Nicki Barnes...Severna Park...Senior...Midfield
Kelli Hogan...South River...Senior...Midfield
Lindsey Stover...Severna Park...Senior...Defense
Kate Hickman...Severna Park...Junior...Attack
Kate Worthington...Old Mill...Junior...Attack
Jamie Motley...St. Mary's...Junior...Midfield
Raina Edelstein...South River...Senior...Defense
Kaitlin Hancock...Severna Park...Junior...Defense