For Melissa Wasowski, leading the county's field hockey players in scoring wasn't as important as leading her team to victory.
But theSt. Mary's senior did both.
A left wing on the Saints' 13-2-2 team, Wasowski topped all localscorers for the second straight year with 20 goals and seven assistsin being named the Anne Arundel County Sun's Field Hockey Player of the Year.
Severn first-year coach Cathy Schorreck, who guided the Admirals to 13 wins, was selected the Anne Arundel County Sun's FieldHockey Coach of the Year.
When looking back on the recently concluded season, Wasowski, 17, said, "I wanted to stay on top, but that wasn't the most important thing. The team winning was more important. Still, I didn't want to fizzle as a senior."
Instead, she sparkled.
"What makes her so effective is she's probably one of the few players in the county, and one of the few at the high school level, whothinks constantly when she has the ball," said St. Mary's coach LisaHowe. "She's always aware of how much time is left in the game, and of where everyone is on the field. And she communicates, which is helpful for her and the other links and inners. They always know where she is.
"I think hearing her voice has a calming effect on the team."
So did all the goals and assists she again provided this season.
Among the year's highlights were a four-goal outburst against Southern in a 6-0 win, and Most Valuable Player honors in the Sts. Peter and Paul Invitational Tournament, where she scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over Wooster, and the game-winner in overtime to defeat the hosts, 3-2.
"I think it was easier for me to score last year because no one knew who I was," said Wasowski, who had 14 goals and 12 assists as a junior. "This year, I usually had two or three people onme. I had to rely more on the other people on the team and on my ownskills.
"The links and halfbacks were a real big help. They woulddraw the defenders and then feed me. And the other wing, Kim Maiste,did most of the ball carrying, which I did last year."
Wasowski always knew what to do once she had the ball, using her crafty stickwork to break down opposing defenses and position herself or a teammatefor a high-percentage shot.
"She has the ability to look for where the goalie isn't," Howe said. "A lot of players aim the ball directly at the big white pads, but she aims where the target isn't. She's scored on some dribblers and some hard shots. No goals were the same.There was no pattern."
A pattern of another sort developed at Severn through the first eight games, when the opposition failed to score against a revamped defense.
Schorreck arrived for her first season as coach and made immediate changes, implementing a 2-3-3-2 formation rarely seen on the high school level. She also switched a couple of players to new positions, most notably Sarah Franey from halfback to sweeper and Christy Cole from striker to goalie.
The result: 11shutouts and a top seeding in the Association of Independent SchoolsTournament.
"Basically, it was a hunch, but I knew their personalities and knew what great athletes they could be in certain positions," Schorreck said.
"Christy in goal was just outrageous. That was my one big fear, but she was just outstanding. And while the first eight games were shutouts, the other teams did take some shots, and thedefense really kept them out."
Schorreck set high expectations from the beginning and taught her players that "in order to get there, you have to believe in yourselves."
"And I wanted them to realize it's not just one person," she said. "Hopefully, I'll never have a team where there's just one big gunner, and that's it. Everyone has a job, and everyone has to work together, or we won't be a team."
Despite a 2-1 upset loss to Friends in the opening round of the AIS Tournament, Schorreck calls the season "extremely satisfying."
"I'm very happy and proud of those girls," she said.
1991 ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SUN ALL-COUNTY FIELD HOCKEY TEAM
.. .. .. .. ..FIRST TEAM
Player .. .. .. .. Position .. Class .. High school
Melissa Wasowski ..Attack .. ..Senior ..St. Mary's
Jen Stone .. .. .. Attack .. ..Senior ..Severna Park
Shannon Cordell .. Attack .. ..Junior ..Annapolis
Monica Gibson .. ..Attack .. ..Junior ..Chesapeake
Anne Schorreck .. .Attack .. ..Senior ..Severn
Becca Fink .. .. ..Midfield .. Senior ..Broadneck
Lisa Hetrick .. .. Midfield .. Senior ..Severna Park
Karin Gleason .. ..Defense .. .Senior ..Old Mill
Suzanne Leavitt .. Defense .. .Senior ..Severna Park
Sally Morgan .. .. Defense .. .Senior ..Severna Park
Kim Greenlee .. .. Goalie .. ..Senior ..Old Mill
.. .. .. .. .. .. .SECOND TEAM
Player .. .... .. Position .. Class .. High school
Kerith Spicknall ..Attack .. ..Junior ..Old Mill
Gabrielle Cormier .Attack .. ..Junior ..Severna Park
Nicole Deschamps ..Attack .. ..Junior ..Annapolis
Robin Lanasa .. .. Attack .. ..Junior ..St. Mary's
Kristy Moltz .. ..Attack .. ..Senior ..South River
Katie Kuch .. .. ..Midfield .. Junior ..Severna Park
Jennie Light .. .. Midfield .. Junior ..Chesapeake
Cher Coleman .. .. Midfield .. Senior ..South River
KatieBurrows .. ..Defense .. .Senior ..Severn
Liz Piazza .. .. ..Defense .. .Senior ..Broadneck
Megan Sharp .. .. .Defense .. .Senior ..Arundel
Cory Samaras .. .. Defense .. .Junior ..Annapolis
Kim Ludwig .. .. ..Defense .. .Senior ..South River
Christy Cole .. .. Goalie .. ..Junior ..Severn
Player of the Year: Melissa Wasowski, St. Mary's
Coach of the Year: Cathy Schorreck, Severn