PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The Gators goalie saved her best performances for last, as she closed out a stellar career by leading No. 2 St. Paul's to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship. She made 11 saves in the 10-7 title victory over a potent McDonogh team.
She also made seven saves in a 9-3 semifinal victory over St. Mary's and eight in the 9-8 regular-season win over the Saints to preserve the second-seeded spot in the tournament. Despite an unorthodox style, Sanza came up with the big saves and posted a season save rate of .557 as well as a 5.1 goals-against average.
COACH OF THE YEAR
In his first year coaching high school girls, Whiteley deftly handled a balanced Gators team that included two of his daughters, attacker Caity and backup goalie Julie. Coming from the St. Paul's boys team, with whom he earned All-Metro Coach of the Year honors in 2004, Whiteley fashioned a quietly competitive squad that steadily rose through the top 10 to settle at No. 2.
The Gators won 17 of their last 18 games and upset McDonogh in the final. Their title was built on teamwork, boasting a lot of scorers, a well-oiled defense and excellent ball control.
Name School Class Pos.
Molly Ford NDP Senior Attack
Meghan Frederick Dulaney Senior Attack
Caity Whiteley St. Paul's Senior Attack
Kim Dubansky McDonogh Senior Midfield
Mary Heneberry Dulaney Junior Midfield
Kaitlyn Horsman Dulaney Junior Midfield
Marye Kellerman Maryvale Senior Midfield
Brittany Mallory McDonogh Junior Midfield
Caitlyn McFadden NDP Senior Midfield
Maggie Dunbar St. Paul's Junior Defense
Melanie Hilbush McDonogh Senior Defense
Kristen Horsman Dulaney Junior Defense
Caroline Spearman McDonogh Junior Defense
Lidia Sanza St. Paul's Senior Goal
Name School Class Pos.
Corrine Drost Hereford Junior Attack
Sarah Gold Park Senior Attack
Blake Hargest St. Paul's Senior Attack
Hollis Burman Dulaney Junior Midfield
Emily Franke Towson Junior Midfield
Kirsten Goldberg St. Paul's Soph. Midfield
Claire Hubbard Towson Senior Midfield
Ali Libertini Mt. de Sales Junior Midfield
Mary Lenoir Maryvale Senior Midfield
Katie Rees Catonsville Senior Midfield
Kira Paterakis McDonogh Soph. Midfield
Maggie Stout NDP Senior Defense
Jill Whitty St. Paul's Senior Defense
Kate Quick Maryvale Senior Goal
Note -- Teams selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.