5 Fallston players lead way on field hockey team Jakum's spark ignites Wright's offense, defense Player of the Year

November 22, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Opponents of C. Milton Wright's field hockey team usually had just one strategy -- keep the ball away from Julie Jakum.

If the senior midfielder got to the ball, opposing coaches knew she could make things happen. The Baltimore Sun's Harford County Player of the Year in field hockey was the catalyst for the Mustangs' attack and a stalwart on defense.

"Julie really knows the game," said Mustangs coach Maria Wehage. "She knows the mental part, the thinking part which other people on her same grade level haven't developed yet. She understands how to force things to happen for her."

What also sets Jakum apart is her love for the game. Hockey is not just an after-school activity for her. Since she was 12, Jakum has been dedicated to improving her game.

She goes to clinics on the weekends and camps in the summer. She plays summer-league in Harford County and club ball with the Baltimore Field Hockey Club.

In 1991, Jakum played on the gold-medal-winning team at the AAU/USA Junior Olympics in Tallahassee, Fla. This year for the third time, she has been accepted into the U.S. Field Hockey Association Futures Program, an Olympic development-style program.

This fall, she also was named a first-team midfielder on the Maryland State Field Hockey Coaches' Association All-State team.

After an appearance in the state final four a year ago, Jakum helped the Mustangs reach the Class 3A regional playoffs in 1992.

The team captain scored five goals and had four assists during the season, but her major contribution was on transition. She often stopped the other team and set the Mustangs' offense in motion.

"She's good on transition and she stops the ball very well," said Fallston coach Alice Puckett. "Julie is a very complete player. She makes things click for them."

The first team

* Cathy Adams, Bel Air, Sr., midfield -- Spark plug of Bobcats' offense . . . scored four goals with one assist . . . key to Bobcats' transition game . . . strong defensive skills . . . missed playoff

game with knee injury . . . a team captain.

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* Jenny Clark, Fallston, Sr., defense -- Excellent footwork . . . outstanding defensive instincts . . . great anticipation, timing . . . a team captain . . . good tackler . . . aggressive on defensive corners.

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* Erin Dichiera, John Carroll, Jr., goalie -- Ten saves in AIS B Division semifinal loss Thursday . . . made great strides during season . . . excellent coordination and anticipation . . . 10 exceptional saves in best game of season, a 0-0 tie with Park in late October.

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* Pam Gauss, Fallston, Jr., attack -- Exceptional cutter for high school player . . . scored six goals with four assists from left inner position . . . strong in one-on-one situations . . . good at deflecting ball from defenders.

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* Caryn Gural, Bel Air, Sr., defense -- Anchor of young Bobcats defense . . . scored only goal in 3-1 regional playoff loss to Franklin . . . a team captain . . . also could play midfield . . . took corner hits . . . scored three goals with one assist.

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* Jenny Haslbeck, Fallston, Sr., defense -- Named first team All-State . . . defense-minded quarterback of Cougars . . . made big plays in the big games . . . powerful hitter with exceptional defensive skills . . . Cougars' best all-around player.

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* Kara Jackson, Fallston, Sr., midfield -- Great stickwork, strong

finesse player . . . scored two goals with two assists . . . a team captain . . . good upper-body strength . . . excelled at one-handed stops.

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* Susan Mackley, Fallston, Jr., attack -- Sixth in scoring in the metro area during regular season . . . 11 goals, five assists . . . strong stickwork . . . hardest shot on team . . . excellent making pinpoint passes.

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* Chrissy Pardew, North Harford, Sr., attack -- Scored two of team's three playoff goals . . . eight goals, seven assists on season . . . team captain . . . played right inner for Class 2A, Region II runners-up.

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* Diana Rice, C. Milton Wright, Jr., attack -- Mustangs' offensive spark . . . excellent on the breakaway . . . set up teammates time after time . . . scored one goal with two assists . . . quick, good stickwork.

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