First team at a glance 1993 ALL-HOWARD COUNTY GIRLS LACROSSE TEAMS

June 03, 1993|By Chuck Acquisto

* Tierney Clark, Mount Hebron, Senior, Defense -- Clark, who will play field hockey and lacrosse for Hofstra, was the Vikings' quarterback on defense, coach P. J. Kesmodel said. Clark, named Mount Hebron's female athlete of the year, scored seven goals and added four assists. But it was Clark's ability to make key interceptions, including a team-high four against Unionville, that earned her matchup rights with the opposition's top scoring threat.

* Amy Fine, Mount Hebron, Senior, Midfield -- Fine, who signed a letter-of-intent to play for 1992 NCAA lacrosse champion Maryland, earned first team All-America honors, joining teammate Lori Pasquantonio. "Amy's a tremendous team leader who offensively and defensively is the best of anybody on our team," Kesmodel said. Fine had 32 goals and 24 assists and collected 86 ground balls.

* Sherri Happel, Centennial, Senior, Defense -- Happel earned the respect and admiration of her teammates and opposing coaches despite missing three games because of injuries. Voted the Eagles' best defensive player, Happel recorded 48 ground balls and made 10 interceptions. She will play for Loyola College next fall.

* Stacia Hepburn, Mount Hebron, Senior, Defense -- Hepburn employed her tremendous speed and strength to serve as the Vikings' No. 1 option when looking to clear the ball upfield, where the Old Dominion University-bound Viking scored 21 goals and made eight assists.

* Dana Hoffman, Glenelg, Senior, Goalie -- With an inexperienced defense in front of her, Hoffman was peppered with an astounding number of shots. Recording a school-record 330 saves (.630 save percentage), including more than 100 in the first four games, she established single-game highs of 33, 35 and 36 saves, the last total coming against Mount Hebron. She will play at Loyola in the fall.

* Alison Lages, Centennial, Senior, Midfield -- She accepted an unselfish role and, said Purcell, was the Eagles' offensive glue. .. The third-year starter, who will play for the University of Richmond, had 23 goals and 19 assists. She also used her strength to record 85 ground balls.

* Erin McGinnis, Mount Hebron, Sophomore, Midfield -- McGinnis is the only one of the six Vikings who wasn't a first-team All-County selection a year ago. However, her 38 goals, 15

assists and strength at winning the draw moved her up from second-team status. Kesmodel cited McGinnis' ability to win eight straight draws against defending Pennsylvania state champion Unionville in Roland Park's North-South Tournament earlier this year as a key to the Vikings' perfect record.

* Cathy Nelson, Mount Hebron, Junior, Attack -- Nelson earned first-team honors for the second straight year. She helped provide Kesmodel with his greatest 1-2 scoring punch ever (167 combined goals). Nelson, a Division I prospect next year, set Mount Hebron season-scoring records in goals (92), assists (39) and points (131).

* Christy Saegerson, Atholton, Senior, Defense -- This stopper put together an outstanding season, with 12 goals, eight assists and 117 ground balls and intercepting 48 passes. "She was a borderline Division I prospect who would be playing at that level next fall if she had peaked earlier," coach Carol Ann Stevens said of Saegerson, who will play at Division III Frostburg State.

* Amy Shourds, Howard, Junior, Attack -- The Lions' captain has a knack for scoring, as she totaled four goals against top-ranked Mount Hebron. Shourds finished her third varsity season with 35 goals, three assists and 162 ground balls. "She just has exceptional field sense," said Howard coach Terry Flaig.

* Ali True, Mount Hebron, Senior, Goalie -- When a team wins 36 consecutive games and two state titles in two years, goalkeeping must have played a large part at critical junctures. True, who will play for Temple University on a full scholarship, was more than up to the task when tested. True made 141 saves, including 18 in the 9-7 Class 1A-2A state championship win over Loch Raven, for a .666 save percentage.

* Allison Valentino, Atholton, Senior, Midfield -- Valentino could make a strong case for Player of the Year honors. Playing out of position at midfield, the former Raiders defensive star, who is headed to Loyola on a lacrosse scholarship, proceeded to break or establish 10 offensive records at Atholton, including goals in a game (10), goals in a season (54), ground balls in a season (185) and career goals (179). Her No. 13 jersey will be retired by Stevens.

* Jen Wienecke, Centennial, Junior, Attack -- Wienecke came into her own, with 50 goals and 20 assists for 70 points, all team highs. She also scooped up 57 ground balls and, said Purcell, showed tremendous improvement delivering assists from behind the net.

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