PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The Gladiators switched to a new formation this season, giving her additional responsibility in the midfield, and she responded in sensational fashion by helping the Gladiators score an astonishing 79 goals.
She only scored one goal herself, but she assisted on nine, as her primary role was to control the midfield and act as a catalyst for the offense.
A first-team pick last year as a sophomore, she stood out game after game, whether hunting down fast breaks or serving as a defensive link. She was truly an impact player.
COACH OF THE YEAR
The first-year varsity coach turned the program around with a second-place 8-2 county record and 11-6 overall mark. The Lightning upset Centennial and made it to the region finals before losing to eventual state champion Severna Park, 3-0.
A 1998 graduate of Mount Hebron, where she played field hockey and lacrosse, and a 2002 graduate of Frostburg, where she also played both sports, Lennon said her team became a family on and off the field.
"After being down last year, they bought into my positive coaching style, believed they had talent and could be the best and jelled together. It was such a turnaround year, it was amazing to watch the magic happen."
The junior Olympian recorded 12 shutouts and 81 saves on 87 shots. She was fearless in coming out to make saves. A second-team pick last year, she allowed four goals during the regular season and two in the playoffs. Called the best goalie she's ever seen by her coach, Ginger Kincaid, Blum's incredible technique makes the junior a Division I prospect.
After playing the midfield last season, Coover moved to left outside forward this season and responded with fantastic scoring numbers - 15 goals and six assists. A second-team pick last season, her speed, athleticism and ability to carry the ball made her one of the toughest players in the county to stop as she punched the ball forward. Coover, a junior, is a third-year varsity performer.
The fastest player on her team, with or without the ball, she was the piece of the puzzle that held the Lightning's midfield together. Her high work rate, solid stick skills and well-timed, well-paced connecting passes allowed her offense to flourish. Also an ice hockey player, the senior scored four goals and had 13 assists.
The sophomore forward is an outstanding one-on-one player, carries the ball well and has an indomitable will to win. Called the team's "fire-starter" by her coach because she was usually the first one to score, Filipowicz netted a school-record 20 goals and had seven assists. Her speed and stick skills make her one to watch for next year.
A two-year starter and team captain, she was the fastest player on the team. Her excellent stickwork and ability to carry the ball made her indispensable. The senior forward, who scored six goals and had eight assists, played her best games against county champion Glenelg (1-1 tie) and Mount Hebron (1-0 playoff victory). She also was the sender on corners.
An intimidating defender, Langley had good field sense and great hits. Coach Melissa Lennon called her "a brick wall." Langley was so strong a player that the junior was able to beat out seniors for her starting position even though she's a first-year player.
Her team's go-to player, the senior center forward flicked in a goal at the buzzer to beat Pikesville. She has a quick stick near the cage and has the instinctive knack for being in the right place at the right time. A two-time second-team pick, she scored 12 goals and had six assists, and for her three-year varsity career scored 36 goals and had 11 assists.
One of the county's top scorers with 18 goals and three assists, she converted several scoring opportunities to win close games. The junior forward, a two-year starter, is a fast, smooth player with good stickwork and her team's main hitter on corners. She can shoot forehand, backhand and reverse, and has a hard shot. Her eight goals against St. John's (D.C.) set a school record.
Quick to the ball, the senior switched from defense to midfield this season because her team needed her there. Her tremendous acceleration enabled her to make many tackles. The team captain and two-year varsity player distributed the ball well and also played a key role on corner defense.
She balanced out Glenelg's midfield at left link and played a large role in the team's 79 goals by consistently putting the ball into the circle. The three-year varsity performer scored five goals and had seven assists. She called the corners, was the team's penalty-stroke specialist and the stopper at the top on opponent's corners.
Eagles coach Gail Purcell called her "the most natural player I've coached in 29 years." The junior left forward saw the big picture, was smart in the circle, an expert on the give-and-go and played an instrumental role on corners, one of Centennial's strengths as a team. She scored 16 goals and had 10 assists.
One of only three Centennial seniors, she scored 19 goals and had 13 assists for the Eagles. The two-year captain was unselfish on the forward line, said coach Gail Purcell. "She chose team over herself or she could have broken the school record of 22 goals." A repeat first-team player, Siegel scored 20 goals and had five assists as a junior.
Coach Ginger Kincaid built an entirely new offensive system around Yanulevich's ability to finish and play well in the circle, and she responded by breaking the school's single-season scoring record of 17 goals set in 1989. Yanulevich scored 20 goals and had seven assists. The second-year starter, a junior, is just two goals away from Glenelg's career scoring record. She scored in all three regional playoff games and had both goals in a win over River Hill.
The senior sweeper directed a junior defense in front of her and protected a first-year goalkeeper, so she was under a lot of pressure. And she responded by helping her team to a second-place finish. She showed phenomenal stickwork and the agility to dance around offensive players in traffic. It was her first year playing sweeper.
Player of the Year: Jenn Cochran, Glenelg
Coach of the Year: Melissa Lennon, Long Reach
Name School Class Position
Terri Coover Glenelg Junior Forward
Kelly Filipowicz Long Reach Sophomore Forward
Kate Hayne River Hill Senior Forward
Megan Maguire Hammond Senior Forward
Kristin Mele River Hill Junior Forward
Chelsea Parks Centennial Junior Forward
Sara Siegel Centennial Senior Forward
Amanda Yanulevich Glenelg Junior Forward
Jenn Cochran Glenelg Junior Midfield
Meghan Dwyer Long Reach Senior Midfield
Lindsay Melvin Mount Hebron Senior Midfield
Katy Narron Glenelg Junior Midfield
Amanda Langley Long Reach Junior Defense
Brooke Zeitler Centennial Senior Defense
Aly Blum Glenelg Junior Goalie
Name School Class Position
Sarah Cates Mount Hebron Sophomore Forward
Courtney Hoke Chapelgate Senior Forward
Emily Karrer Mount Hebron Junior Forward
Tiffany Trask Long Reach Senior Forward
Kathy Boettcher Long Reach Junior Midfield
Natalie Hopkins Wilde Lake Senior Midfield
Danielle Marcus River Hill Junior Midfield
Molly Brinker River Hill Senior Defense
Emily Cahill Wilde Lake Senior Defense
Caitlyn Glascock River Hill Senior Defense
Caroline Goodrich Howard Senior Defense
Bailey Sheridan Glenelg Junior Defense
Susie Herlihy River Hill Junior Goalie
Molly Pope Long Reach Sophomore Goalie
Kristina Schweizer Mount Hebron Junior Goalie
Note: Teams selected by Rick Belz after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.