Player of the Year
Stephanie Scurachio, Mount Hebron: "She's always been an explosive scorer, but this year she made herself a complete player," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson about his standout midfielder. Scurachio was a "major distraction in the middle of the field," according to Robinson, for opponents because of her aggressive and smart play. She led the top-ranked Vikings with 32 take-aways and had a third-best 61 ground balls. "She's always been very fast and powerful, but this year she used that speed and strength all the time," Robinson said. Scurachio led the Vikings with 67 goals and added 29 assists. She had five goals in a 9-9 tie against Bryn Mawr. "Whenever we were in a pinch or needed a goal, she was the one that stepped up and took control," Robinson said.
Coach of the Year
Chris Robinson, Mount Hebron: In his sixth season as coach, Robinson directed the Vikings to their 13th county title in 14 years, 14th regional title and ninth state championship in 10 years. "This year was a lot more fun than some of the others because the players were really interested in doing well as a team," said Robinson, whose squad finished No. 1 in The Sun's poll for a third straight year. "We had a lot of unproven players filling in spots and the challenge of getting potential out of the young players was a stimulating experience." Robinson, who earned this award as well as All-Metro Coach of the Year two seasons ago, is 52-0 against county teams and 109-8-1 overall. His 1999 and 2000 teams were unbeaten, and the Vikings had a 63-game unbeaten streak before losing, 10-9, to St. Stephen's/St. Agnes in the last game of regular season. Robinson also served this season as Mount Hebron's athletic director, and he said he "delegated a tremendous amount" to assistant coaches Scott Robinson and Brooke Kuhl. "They did a great job," Chris Robinson said.
Erin Edell, Glenelg: A four-year starter who played defense for three seasons before moving this year to midfield, the University of Delaware-bound Edell finished the season with 35 goals and 18 assists. Always around the action, Edell, who was named Glenelg's Girl Athlete of the Year, had 73 ground balls, second on the team. A three-time first-team All-County selection, Edell displayed excellent stickwork, composure and leadership on the field. During her three-sport career (soccer, basketball, lacrosse) at Glenelg, Edell played in seven state tournaments, including three each in her junior and senior years.
Lindsay Dutch, Mount Hebron: A sophomore center-midfielder, Dutch was the catalyst for the Vikings' transition attack. Dutch's quickness helped her dominate the draw, and her toughness and aggressiveness made her hard to stop. "She's kind of fearless out there," said Robinson. Dutch had 67 ground balls, 40 goals and 12 assists. Dutch, a repeat first-team selection, also had 19 take-aways.
Liz Frande, Mount Hebron: "She's the best defender in the area," said Robinson. ".. No one gets around her one vs. one." A junior, Frande played attack before switching to defense midway through last season. She plays an aggressive, physical style of defense, and had many successful games stopping the opponent's top scorer.
Lindsey Greer, Hammond: Another first-team selection headed to the University of Delaware, Greer led the Golden Bears in ground balls (152), draw control (33), interceptions (14) and blocks (29). She also added nine goals and five assists. "She is the heart of our team," said Hammond coach Emily Petrlik. A first-team All-County defender in field hockey, Greer used her speed, aggressiveness and desire to always play her best to become one of the county's top midfielders.
Lindsay Lewis, Glenelg: A junior midfielder and three-year starter, Lewis keeps getting better. She tied for the team high in goals (43) and added 20 assists. Lewis, a first-team All-County selection in soccer, had 60 ground balls. She worked hard to improve her stickwork this season and it paid off. Lewis has 114 career goals, third best in school history.
Melissa McCarthy, Mount Hebron: A repeat first-team selection, the left-handed junior midfielder was third on the team in goals (54) and added 18 assists. But that's just one facet of this multitalented player. McCarthy's aggressiveness and tireless play led to 67 ground balls. McCarthy had a team-high four goals in the Vikings' 19-6 victory over South River in the Class 3A-2A state championship.
Cindy Nicolaus, Mount Hebron: A junior goalie, Nicolaus gained confidence throughout the season and became of the area's best. "She's always been a great practice goalie," said Robinson. "And this year she gained confidence and that transferred into the games." Nicolaus, who finished with 56 saves, improved her clears as the season went on.
Kelly O'Connor, Glenelg: A four-year starter off to the University of Delaware, O'Connor holds the school's all-time goal-scoring record (138) and is the second all-time points leader (169). This season, O'Connor tied for the team high in goals (43) and added 11 assists. O'Connor played midfield for three years before moving to attack this season. She also was a first-team All-County selection in field hockey.
Kristina Schwarz, Glenelg: "She pressured the ball all the time and never let up, and that's what made the zone so effective. She was the key," coach Ginger Kincaid said about her star defender. Schwarz's aggressive and relentless style of play led to a team-high 82 ground balls. Schwarz was the Howard County Player of the Year in field hockey, and will continue to play field hockey in the fall at the University of Louisville.
Amy Shilling, Mount Hebron: The Vikings' lone senior starter, the Towson University-bound Shilling made a strong impression this season. "Leadership wise, she played a great role with such a young team," said Robinson. Shilling displayed strong skills and smarts. She took a team-high 11 charges, and played her best when it mattered most.
Stephanie Simpson, Glenelg: A four-year starter and returning first-team All-County selection, Simpson led Glenelg in points this season with 40 goals and a team-high 38 assists. She is the school's all-time point leader with 236 (112 goals, fourth all time, and an all-time high of 124 assists). Simpson will play lacrosse next year at Villanova University.
Kristen Waagbo, Mount Hebron: A sophomore, Waagbo was the Vikings' top point scorer with 99 -- 63 goals (second best on the team) and 36 assists (best on the team). Waagbo could recognize the double team and find the open player, and was skillful enough to go one-on-one and score if needed. "I don't know of any other attack player that had a better year than she did this season," said Robinson.
Heather Young, Glenelg: "Technically, she is really an outstanding goalkeeper," said Kincaid. Young had 107 saves, and always played her best in big games or when she faced a lot of shots. Young was a second-team All-County basketball player and will play basketball this fall at Dowling College on Long Island.
The girls teams
Player of the Year: Stephanie Scurachio, Mount Hebron Coach of the Year: Chris Robinson, Mount Hebron
Kristen Waagbo...Mount Hebron...Sophomore...Attack
Lindsay Dutch...Mount Hebron...Sophomore...Midfield
Melissa McCarthy...Mount Hebron...Junior...Midfield
Stephanie Scurachio...Mount Hebron...Junior...Midfield
Liz Frande...Mount Hebron...Junior...Defense
Amy Shilling...Mount Hebron...Senior...Defense
Cindy Nicolaus...Mount Hebron...Junior...Goalie
Chrissy Nicolaus...Mount Hebron...Junior...Attack
Laura Hostetler...River Hill...Sophomore...Midfield
Laura Carper...Mount Hebron...Junior...Defense
Jen Green...River Hill...Sophomore...Defense
Kelly Thomas...Wilde Lake...Junior...Defense