BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Player of the Year: Drew Walters, Westminster
Co-Coaches of the Year: Jim Peters, Westminster and Sal Picataggi, Liberty
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
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
Player of the Year: Becky Trumbo, Liberty
Coach of the Year: Courtney Vaughn, Liberty
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
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
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.