ALL - CARROLL COUNTY LACROSS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Drew Walters

Westminster

The starting center on Westminster's football team was an imposing presence for the Owls' defense. At 5 feet 11, 210 pounds, Walters anchored a defensive unit that allowed just 63 goals in 16 games, helping lead Westminster to a 14-2 mark and titles in both Carroll County and the Central Maryland Conference. The three-year-starter possesses a rare combination of strength - he bench-presses 350 pounds - and stick skills. He consistently shut down some of the area's premier attackmen, including holding Fallston's Steve Mull to just two goals in a regional semifinal loss.

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR

Jim Peters

Westminster

Peters' Westminster team rolled to an unbeaten county (6-0) and Central Maryland Conference (8-0) record, part of the best regular season in school history. Led by one of the metro area's premier defenses, the Owls gave up an average of just 3.9 points a game, and allowed just one team to score as many as 10 against them. Their season ended in the regional semifinals.

Sal Picataggi

Liberty

Picataggi, in his final season at the helm of Liberty before becoming the inaugural coach at Winters Mill, took a sophomore-laden team with little in the way of expectations and guided it to a second-place finish in the CMC. After going 4-9 a year ago, and graduating seven starters, the Lions went 10-5 this season, including wins in their final five regular-season games. In the playoffs, they held eventual 3A-2A state champion Mount Hebron to eight goals, the least scored by the Vikings in any of their five playoff games.

FIRST TEAM

Brad Baer

Westminster

The second-year starter had 28 goals and 19 assists for the Owls, helping them to a 14-2 record that included county and CMC titles. This is the second All-County honor for Baer this school year. In the fall, he took first-team honors as quarterback for Westminster's football team, which finished second in the CMC.

Scott Baker

South Carroll

The vocal leader of South Carroll's defensive unit helped keep opposing attackmen in check all season. With Baker marking the opponent's top scoring threat, no attackman scored more than two goals against the Cavaliers all season, helping the Winfield team to a nine-win season.

Thomas Breakey

North Carroll

The converted attackman put up 38 points for the Panthers, doing the brunt of his damage while stationed near the crease. He was a key factor in North Carroll's 10-4 season, and will continue his career next season with Division II Lees-McRae in North Carolina.

Matt Duke

Westminster

The sophomore routinely showed off the skills that some say will make him a standout in the sport for years to come. He scored 30 goals, including the game-winner at the buzzer against South Carroll, and had 27 assists. He's the fastest player on Westminster's team, and may also possess the best stick skills.

Drew Hebble

South Carroll

Frequently marked after earning All-County honors a year ago for South Carroll, Hebbel still managed to score 18 goals and assist on 14 others for the 9-7 Cavaliers. The senior also consistently came through by winning ground balls and creating havoc all over the field.

Chuck Henn

Liberty

The three-year starter was the offensive field general for the Lions. He used his head as much as his body to find ways to create offense, finishing the season with 25 goals and 36 assists. He was one of the main reasons for Liberty's turnaround this season, from 4-9 to 10-5.

Charlton Hughes

Liberty

Marking the opposing team's top attackman was a chore the Lions' senior welcomed. Hughes rarely got beat, helping Liberty's defense hold opponents to 5.9 goals a game. Buoyed by their defense, the Lions won 10 games and held Class 3A-2A champion Mount Hebron to eight goals, a postseason low.

Jake Kantruss

South Carroll

After working to improve his strength during the off-season, Kantruss wound up second in the county in points, putting up 28 goals and 36 assists. The senior, who will attend Delaware as a walk-on, scored five goals vs. Mt. Hebron in the playoffs.

Denny Kosyjana

South Carroll

The South Carroll netminder stopped over 68 percent of opponents' shots, allowing 5.9 goals a game. His efforts helped keep the Cavaliers in big games against Westminster and Mount Hebron. This was the second straight year of at least 200 saves for Kosyjana.

Jamie Masimore

North Carroll

The Goucher College-signee set a school record for points in a season (74), with 22 goals and 52 assists. He was masterful at feeding teammates on the offensive end, using his great field vision to create passing lanes, even when they seemingly didn't exist. He leaves the Hampstead school No. 2 on its all-time scoring list with 140 points.

Brian Roche

Westminster

Roche teamed with Walters to give Westminster the area's top defensive combination. Using his tremendous stick skills, hand-eye coordination and smarts, the senior consistently thwarted attackmen and intercepted passes in helping the Owls hold opponents to just 3.9 goals a game.

Nick Thurston

North Carroll

The four-year starter leaves North Carroll as the school's all-time leading scorer with 191 points, including 121 goals. This spring, he put up 40 goals and 11 assists, frequently showcasing his skills as one of the county's premier finishers. He will take his skills to UMBC next season.

GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Becky Trumbo

Liberty

Trumbo wrapped up her stellar four-year varsity career in style, finishing as the county's all-time scoring leader with 379 points and setting school records for career goals (249) and assists (130). Despite always drawing the opposition's top defender, she led the county in goals (85) and assists (47), and is expected to earn a spot on her second straight All-America team. In addition to her scoring and passing, she also was Liberty's team leader in draw controls (109), setting the school record in a game with 17. She also once connected on nine of 10 shots in a game. Coach Courtney Vaughn said the Towson-bound senior worked as hard in practice as she did in games, and was the cog that drove the 15-2 squad.

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

Courtney Vaughn

Liberty

Vaughn knew that to be the best, Liberty would have to play the best. And that's just what the Lions did, taking on - and beating - the likes of St. Paul's, Mount de Sales, Roland Park and Glenelg en route to a 15-2 season that earned them a No. 4 metro ranking. She called this year's team, which included eight seniors signed to play for Division I programs next season - the best in school history. No other county team came close to the Lions, who responded to their toughest county challenge, from South Carroll, by turning up the jets in the second half and winning going away. A season-ending 11-7 loss to top-ranked Mount Hebron in the regional finals - the closest game the unbeaten Vikings played all season - marked the end of Vaughn's 15-year run at the Eldersburg school, where she finished with a 184-49 mark. She leaves to build another program from scratch next season - this time at Winters Mill.

FIRST TEAM

Lydia Eppig

Westminster

Westminster's third-year starter in goal led the county by saving 58.1 percent of shots against her. She was a critical cog in the Owls' defense all season, coming up with 165 saves in 13 games. One of her best efforts came in an 11-5 win over North Carroll, in which she saved 74 percent of the Panthers' shots, including several in acrobatic fashion.

Shannan Finch

Westminster

The Owls senior always was moving toward the ball, and was one of the county's best at taking her defender one-on-one. Add her exceptional stick-handling skills to the mix, and it's easy to see why she wound up with 37 goals and 14 assists. She tallied seven points in an overtime loss to North Carroll, and was a big reason Westminster notched eight wins.

Kelly Fiorani

Liberty

It was a breakout year for the UMBC-bound senior. Aside from 43 goals and 39 assists, Fiorani also ranked second on the Lions in interceptions, ground balls and draw controls. She played her best in big games.

Maria Humphries

North Carroll

With 37 goals and 20 assists, the midfielder established herself as one of the county's premier scoring threats. What made her special, however, was the fact that she also was a defensive standout. She was part of a potent midfield unit that also included All-County picks Lauren Therit and Kara Meekins.

Jen Kasper

South Carroll

The senior stepped up this season to become one of the county's top scoring threats, finishing with 46 goals and 28 assists. The offensive field general of a team that finished 11-3 and was runner-up in both the county and Central Maryland Conference, Kasper showed the ability to score with either hand and also had success on draws.

Kelly Kasper

South Carroll

The sophomore was the scoring leader (52 goals, 23 assists) on a team that finished 11-3 and challenged county power Liberty during the first half of their late-season showdown. A complete player, she hit on nearly 63 percent of her shots. By the time she's through at South Carroll, she has a chance to be one of the county's all-time best.

Colleen Myers

Liberty

The junior's defensive skills became more solid as the season went on. By the playoffs, she had become one of the area's best at denying the cut and forcing offensive players wide to the outside. She was part of a defensive unit that allowed just 5.5 goals a game.

Julie Roguski

Liberty

The Liberty sophomore quietly shut people down. Throughout the season, she frustrated teammate Becky Trumbo, The Sun's All-County Player of the Year, in practice, rarely allowing the senior to get past her. Then, in Liberty's regional final showdown with Mount Hebron, she held All-Metro attacker Kristen Waagbo to two goals.

Ashley Schwarzmann

South Carroll

Schwarzmann was the leader of South Carroll's stingy defense, which allowed an average of just 6.4 goals a game. Always in the right spot, the senior led the team with 48 contested ground balls, also garnering nine goals and seven assists in limited action at midfield. The Cavaliers finished second in both the county and CMC.

Sarah Scrivener

Liberty

The Ohio University-bound senior was an unsung hero on Liberty's county and Central Maryland Conference champion, quietly putting up big numbers for the 15-2 Lions. She finished with 29 goals and 26 assists, as well as 41 ground balls. On a team loaded with standouts, the four-year varsity player also possessed an equally enduring quality - selflessness.

Lauren Therit

North Carroll

The senior excelled on both ends of the field. She finished with 36 goals and 17 assists, also making her mark on the defensive end for the Panthers, who finished 8-6. She also had the feed in double overtime that gave the Panthers a thrilling 14-13 win over Westminster

Meagan Voight

Liberty

Voight put up exceptional numbers from the midfield for Liberty, tallying 65 goals and 41 assists to rank second in county scoring. The four-year varsity starter, who's headed to Johns Hopkins, finished No. 2 on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 201 goals and 99 assists. She also excelled on defense, ranking third on the team in interceptions.

Lindsay Weiner

Liberty

This James Madison-bound midfielder did whatever it took to help her team. She had 49 goals and 30 assists, and also led the team with 47 ground balls. The four-year varsity starter finished her prep career with 137 goals and 66 assists, making her the sixth-most prolific scorer in school history.

Kelsey Withrow

Liberty

Not blessed with great speed, this defender dominated opponents with her quick moves and ability to read the game. She led the Lions in both interceptions (14) and blocks (19), helping them sweep through county and Central Maryland Conference competition. Her standout play has earned her a spot at Mount St. Mary's in the fall.

THE BOYS

Player of the Year: Drew Walters, Westminster

Co-Coaches of the Year: Jim Peters, Westminster and Sal Picataggi, Liberty

First team

Name School Class Position

Chuck Henn Liberty Senior Attack

Jake Kantruss South Carroll Senior Attack

Jamie Masimore North Carroll Senior Attack

Nick Thurston North Carroll Senior Attack

Brad Baer Westminster Junior Midfielder

Thomas Breakey North Carroll Senior Midfielder

Matt Duke Westminster Sophomore Midfielder

Drew Hebble South Carroll Senior Midfielder

Scott Baker South Carroll Senior Defense

Charlton Hughes Liberty Senior Defense

Brian Roche Westminster Senior Defense

Drew Walters Westminster Senior Defense

Denny Kosyjana South Carroll Senior Goalie

Second team

Name School Class Position

Steve Allia Liberty Junior Attack

Jim Barley F.S. Key Senior Attack

Joe Murk Westminster Junior Attack

John Williams South Carroll Senior Attack

Matt Copeland South Carroll Senior Midfield

Tim Freedman Liberty Senior Midfield

Russ Portney North Carroll Senior Midfield

Chris Schwartz Westminster Senior Midfield

David Cockey North Carroll Senior Defense

Eric DiCarlo F.S. Key Senior Defense

Zack Hinton Liberty Sophomore Defense

Curtis Schaffer Westminster Senior Defense

J.C. Hutchins Westminster Junior Goalie

THE GIRLS

Player of the Year: Becky Trumbo, Liberty

Coach of the Year: Courtney Vaughn, Liberty

First team

Name School Class Position

Shannan Finch Westminster Senior Attack

Jen Kasper South Carroll Senior Attack

Sarah Scrivener Liberty Senior Attack

Becky Trumbo Liberty Senior Attack

Kelly Fiorani Liberty Senior Midfield

Maria Humphries North Carroll Senior Midfield

Kelly Kasper South Carroll Sophomore Midfield

Lauren Therit North Carroll Senior Midfield

Meagan Voight Liberty Senior Midfield

Lindsay Weiner Liberty Senior Midfield

Colleen Myers Liberty Junior Defense

Julie Roguski Liberty Sophomore Defense

Ashley Schwarzmann South Carroll Senior Defense

Kelsey Withrow Liberty Senior Defense

Lydia Eppig Westminster Senior Goalie

Second team

Name School Class Position

Angel Aversa Westminster Senior Attack

Rachel Devilbiss F.S. Key Sophomore Attack

Emily Doxzon F.S. Key Junior Attack

Angela Restivo South Carroll Junior Attack

Tara Smith South Carroll Senior Attack

Susan Ackermann Liberty Sophomore Midfield

Vikki Mathers South Carroll Senior Midfield

Kara Meekins North Carroll Junior Midfield

Jessica Bowers Liberty Senior Defense

Megan Crisler North Carroll Senior Defense

Mindy Deslatte F.S. Key Senior Defense

Carrie O'Connell South Carroll Sophomore Defense

Johanna O'Connell Westminster Senior Defense

Connie Wuenschel South Carroll Senior Defense

Kelly Roy Liberty Senior Goalie

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 2002 All-Carroll County boys and girls lacrosse teams were selected by Rich Scherr after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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