Double-teamed almost every time she had the ball, the senior attacker knew how to get in position on the crease to catch and shoot before she was smothered. Other times, she was quick with the pass to find the open player for a shot.
In every critical situation, the Patriots put the ball in her hands and she responded with 50 goals and 39 assists. In the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title win over McDonogh, she had a goal and four assists. A repeat All-Metro first team pick and a regional Tewaaraton winner who will play in the Under Armour All-America game, Ancarrow is headed for James Madison. Kristy Black Glenelg
The Howard County Player of the Year broke school marks for career goals (172), assists (143), points (315) and draw controls (221). Black, a Maryland-bound senior midfielder, also set a state tournament record for most points (11) in a Class 2A-1A title game and tied the all-classification record with five assists in leading the No. 12 and county champion Gladiators to a 17-11 win over Loch Raven.
Black had 70 goals and 58 assists but also came up with 84 draw controls and 66 ground balls. Skilled, unselfish and speedy, she also came up with key plays on the defensive end. Named to the regional All-Tewaaraton team, Black will play in the Under Armour All-America game.
Kitty Cullen McDonogh
Whenever she got a pass from the defense, won a draw or picked up one of her 58 ground balls, Cullen was off to the races. The junior midfielder was especially effective on the clear. With the ball in her stick, it easily made it into the Eagles' attacking end and gave Cullen plenty of options in initiating the offense.
Her ability to hit the open person while racing down field opened up the transition game for the IAAM A Conference runners-up. Cullen, who has orally committed to Florida, was also a key cog in a crafty set offense. She scored game-winners against No. 8 St. Mary's and No. 10 Bryn Mawr. As part of a balanced attack, she had 26 goals and 15 assists.
Grace Gaeng John Carroll
While teammates Allyson Carey and Casey Ancarrow were getting most of the attention, Gaeng was busy doing a lot of the things that don't make headlines. The senior midfielder could make something out of nothing for the IAAM A Conference champion and No. 1 Patriots. She could turn a ground ball into a quick goal, a draw control into a transition break or a knock down into a caused turnover.
Opponents had to be aware of her all the time, because she didn't need a set play to be dangerous. Gaeng finished with 46 goals, 24 assists and 32 ground balls. Headed for Maryland, she will play in the Under Armour All-America game.
Julie Gardner Severna Park
A two-time All-Metro first-team pick and a two-time Anne Arundel County Player of the Year, Gardner was the centerpiece of a No. 2 Falcons team that went 20-0 and won its second straight Class 4A-3A title. The senior midfielder took on a more defensive role this season, lowering her scoring stats but not her game.
She often marked the top midfield player and was rarely beaten. A catalyst in transition, Gardner had 53 goals and 23 assists. She scored six goals in the 17-6 win over Catonsville that capped a two-year 40-0 run for the Falcons. A member of the regional Tewaaraton team who will play in the Under Armour All-America game, Gardner is headed for Virginia.
Karri Ellen Johnson Broadneck
As an All-Metro first-team pick last season and veteran of the world champion U.S. Under-19 team, Johnson drew a lot of defensive attention this season, but she used that to her advantage, scoring when she could and finding her teammates when they were the better option. One of her best games came in the regional final, when she scored four goals and had four assists.
Johnson ran the midfield and played a key role on defense for the No. 5 Bruins. She had 57 goals, 25 assists and 65 draw controls. Selected for the regional Tewaaraton team and the Under Armour All-America game, she is going to Maryland.
Cosette Larash Archbishop Spalding
Coach Moira Leavitt called her junior goalkeeper the biggest influence in a turnaround season. Larasch played the pivotal role in the No. 9 Cavaliers improving from 5-13 a year ago to 13-6. In two years, the Cavaliers had gone 0-26 in the A Conference regular season, but this season they were 7-5.
Larash had a 60 percent save rate and allowed about nine goals per game. A quick, aggressive keeper who anticipates the action, she played her best in some of the biggest games, including a 22-save effort in a 10-6 loss to No. 3 McDonogh. She also made 17 saves against No. 8 St. Mary's and 13 against No. 10 Bryn Mawr -- both wins.
No. School Record
1. John Carroll 18-0 2. Severna Park 20-0 3. McDonogh 18-3 4. Severn 12-6 5. Broadneck 13-4 6. Notre Dame Prep 13-7 7. South River 14-3 8. St. Mary's 13-8 9. Archbishop Spalding 14-6 10. Bryn Mawr 10-7 11. Winters Mill 17-2 12. Glenelg 16-4 13. Centennial 14-4 14. Liberty 14-3 15. Catonsville 12-7 Other teams considered: Century (12-4), Dulaney (13-4), L. Raven (12-4), Mt. Hebron (12-5), Towson (13-5), Westminster (13-5).
Name School CL P
Brittany Dashiell John Carroll Jr. A
Sarah Parks Centennial Sr. A
Allison Behringer Severna Park Sr. M
Jen Fox St. Mary's Sr. M
Ana Heneberry Dulaney Sr. M
Katie Kirk Arch. Spalding Sr. M
Katie Leech Winters Mill So. M
Alayna Markwordt Glenelg Sr. M
Jen Peters Winters Mill Sr. M
Colby Rhea McDonogh Jr. M
Monica Zabel Mt. Hebron Sr. M
Jen Hardesty Westminster Sr. D
Iliana Sanza St. Paul's Jr. D
Dana Cahill Mercy Sr. G
Note: Teams selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.