The first team Five from Severna Park, three from Annapolis are named 1992 ALL-ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FIELD HOCKEY TEAM

November 18, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko

* Shannon Cordell, Annapolis, senior, offense -- Cordell's scoring has improved steadily from nine goals as a sophomore, to 10 as a junior -- when she was second-team All-County -- to 11 this year. The left wing also had three assists this season and was named to the All-State second team. "She expected to score in every game," said coach Tammy Janoskie.

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* Kerith Spicknall, Old Mill, senior, offense -- Spicknall, an inner, had nine goals and six assists, earning selection to the All-State first team. Especially dangerous in the open field, she was adept at creating scoring opportunities. "She's a real hustler," said coach Jo Funk.

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* Gabrielle Cormier, Severna Park, senior, offense -- Despite playing with a sprained ankle and shin splints, Cormier (10 goals, one assist) finished strongly. The left wing had two goals in a 3-0 win over Richard Montgomery in the state 4A semifinals, and was chosen to the All-State honorable-mention team. She served as the hitter on penalty corners and had the "hardest drive on the team," said coach Lil Shelton.

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* Brenna Ryan, Severn, senior, offense -- Ryan led the county in scoring with 22 goals and five assists. She gained notoriety for scoring seven goals against Lutheran early in the season -- four short of the national record.

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* Colleen Gately, Severna Park, junior, offense -- Gately, one of the swiftest players in the county, had 12 goals -- including the game-winner in the state 4A finals -- and six assists and was named to the All-State second team. "We relied on her for fast-break scores," said coach Lil Shelton. "She could beat any defender."

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* Katie Kuch, Severna Park, senior, midfield -- Kuch demonstrated some of the best stickwork in the state. "And her footwork is so good, too," said coach Lil Shelton. "She kept the ball pushed up to the offense and gave us chances to score."

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* Karen Chesley, Broadneck, senior, midfield -- The versatile Chesley was Broadneck's "most talented and strongest player," said coach Phoebe Kelly. A wing last year, Chesley was moved to midfield and responded with three goals. "She was a pretty dominant player on the field," Kelly said.

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* Lauren Feinstein, Annapolis, senior, midfield -- Feinstein, a former link, made the adjustment to midfield and displayed excellent stickwork -- "some of the best I've ever seen," said coach Tammy Janoskie. "She's always on the ball." Feinstein had one goal and one assist.

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* Tracy McGarry, Severna Park, senior, defense -- McGarry made the All-State first team, and received the most votes on the coaches' All-County team. She led a Severna Park defense that allowed just three goals during the season. "She's not flashy, but she's stable," said coach Lil Shelton.

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* Karen Linynsky, Annapolis, senior, defense -- Linynsky, an All-State honorable-mention pick, was the defensive signal-caller and a prime reason that Annapolis had seven shutouts. "She called a lot of switches back there," said coach Tammy Janoskie. "She was a big help in guiding [midfielder] Lauren Feinstein and helping me out."

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* Nicole Merzendorf, Chesapeake, senior, defense -- Chosen All-State honorable mention, Merzendorf led a defensive unit that was "pushed way up to try to go for scoring," said coach Jerry Raab. Her presence alleviated Raab's worries about starting a sophomore newcomer in goal. "Nicole's just a tremendous defender," Raab said.

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* Gillian Hewitt, Old Mill, senior, defense -- Hewitt's speed and reflexes made her one of the best players at her position, as evidenced by her selection to the All-State second team. "She recovers very quickly," said coach Jo Funk.

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* Rachel Kidwell, Severna Park, senior, goaltender -- Kidwell "only" had to make 63 saves -- including 18 in the state 4A finals -- and she didn't have to touch the ball in four games because of Severna Park's exceptional defense. "But when she was called on, she was spectacular," said coach Lil Shelton. Kidwell allowed just three goals all year, and she is one of the few keepers who can clear the ball on the fly.

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