The first team at a glance 1993 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY GIRLS LACROSSE TEAM

June 02, 1993|By Bill Free

* Krista Centofanti, Liberty, Sr., defense -- On a high-profile team that scored goals in computerlike fashion, it was easy to overlook this defensive whiz. But when the Lions ran into No. 1-ranked Mount Hebron in the 1A-2A Region I final and needed someone to keep the Vikings from running away from Liberty, Centofanti stepped up and prevented the Lions from being embarrassed by the state champions in a 17-7 loss. The Liberty captain was assigned to the leading scorer for the other team and came up with six interceptions for the 13-1 Lions.

* Tracie DiDio, South Carroll, Jr., midfield -- This tiny package of athletic ability was at her best during South Carroll's amazing run to the state 3A-4A final. DiDio not only scored big goals for the Cavaliers, but she also controlled the ball in late-game situations to kill the clock. She finished with 48 goals and 14 assists to lead the 10-6 Cavs, who won six straight before losing to Severna Park in the title game. South Carroll coach Stacy Stem said DiDio is "so fast and very smart."

* Patti Duffy, South Carroll, Sr., attack -- Every coach's dream player is the way Stem refers to this athlete, who will do whatever it takes to win. Nothing seems to daunt her, not even a loss to unbeaten Severna Park in the 3A-4A final. Moments after the game was over, Duffy was shouting encouragement to her teammates: "Let's see all dry eyes."

* Dani Fostik, Liberty, Sr., goalie -- Fostik made 156 saves in 14 games, giving her 718 in four years. She has a full scholarship to UMBC in lacrosse after becoming the first Liberty High athlete to earn 12 letters in four years. Fostik was also selected to the South I team that competed in the schoolgirl division at the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association tournament last weekend at Ohio Wesleyan.

* Tammy Giffi, North Carroll, Sr., attack -- In a rebuilding season for the Panthers, Giffi stood out with 37 goals and seven assists. She was the only senior starter and served as the team leader. Giffi had three games in which she scored five or more goals for a team that had nine sophomores.

* Kara Hedges, Westminster, Sr., midfield -- Hedges played attack, midfield and defense, and coach Amanda Bodden said the senior standout could have been used in goal if necessary. Hedges was good enough to dominate games from one end of the field to the other. When Bodden was asked if there was one Hedges game that stood out in mind, the coach responded: "She had great games all season."

* Megan Horneman, Liberty, Jr., midfield -- Horneman took over the season finale against Westminster in the final 90 seconds and scored three goals to lift the Lions to an 8-6 victory. The victory enabled Liberty to become the first girls lacrosse team in the five-year history of the sport in the county to go unbeaten in the regular season. Horneman used her exceptional speed to score 36 goals and hand out 10 assists this season.

* Tinah Houck, Westminster, Sr., midfield -- Houck finished her celebrated three-sport career at Westminster by helping the Owls go 9-5 and make it to the final of the state Class 3A-4A, Region I tournament. She had 30 goals and 10 assists and often used her imposing 5-foot-11 height to overpower opponents on the way to the net. Houck was also good on the draws to help Westminster control the ball. Another major asset was Houck's hard shot, which often got past goalies before they had time to react.

* Julie Manley, South Carroll, Sr., defense -- Intelligence and a knack for anticipating what opponents were going to do when they came toward the goal made Manley the top defender on the Cinderella Cavaliers. Defense was a big part of South Carroll's game, and Manley never had a bad game. She was a calming influence on sophomore goalie Erin Nauyalis early in the season and was at her best intercepting passes. Manley was one of the captains for the Cavs.

* Heather Mauritz, Westminster, Sr., defense -- You name it, Mauritz can do it on defense. She was the last line of defense in front of Owls goalie Danielle Fisher, made a number of amazing last-second saves, was superb at clearing the ball and even scored a goal against Howard this season. On a team that was inconsistent at times, Mauritz was a model of consistency.

* Chrissy Primavera, Liberty, Sr., attack -- A scoring machine is the best way to describe Primavera, who finished with 52 goals and 14 assists in 14 games. Only No. 1-ranked Mount Hebron was able to stop Primavera this season, in the Class 1A-2A regional final. But she still finished with 110 goals to become the career scoring leader at Liberty. Primavera also made the South II team that went to Ohio Wesleyan last weekend for the USWLA schoolgirl tournament.

* Beth Richardson, Westminster, Sr., midfield -- When the Owls made a midseason run to challenge Liberty for the county title, Richardson drew a lot of credit from coach Bodden for "getting the team together and dominating the game when she has the ball." Richardson scored three goals in the team's one victory over South Carroll in three games against the Cavaliers.

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