1993 All-Baltimore City/County Field Hockey Team

November 22, 1993|By Katherine Dunn

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Kathleen Bathon, Notre Dame Prep -- After coaching the Pirates' third squad for a year, Bathon moved into the top spot and promptly turned her team around. The Pirates rebounded from a 2-7-3 record a year ago to finish 9-2-3, the best regular-season record in the AIS A Division. She had basically the same team, including 13 returning seniors, but the Hanover, Pa., native motivated her players and helped them take the game and their potential a little more seriously. Early on, Bathon knew she had plenty of talent but she wasn't sure how far it could carry the No. 7 Pirates. The turning point came in a 2-1 victory over Roland Park. After that, the Pirates played with more confidence and lost just one regular-season game before falling in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Bathon, a social studies teacher at NDP who played hockey at Loyola College, never planned a coaching career, but now she plans to stick around awhile. "I'll stay as long as they'll have me," she said.

ALL COUNTY TEAM

* Danielle Baker, senior, Kenwood, attack -- The offensive spark behind Kenwood's drive to the Class 3A regional finals, Baker scored 21 goals and had three assists. A first-team All-State and first-team All-Baltimore County Class 3A-4A selection, Baker powered the Bluebirds to a 10-3 record. The left inner was almost unstoppable inside the 25-yard line. Baker's strength came from a relentlessness and aggressiveness that put her in position to unleash her powerhouse shot.

* Tricia Cummings, senior, Notre Dame Prep, attack -- A second-team pick here last season, Cummings boosted her game to become one of the AIS' top forwards. She scored 10 of her team's 29 goals as well as adding five assists. Cummings' ability to finish helped the No. 7 Pirates to a 9-2-3 record, the best regular-season mark in the A Division. An AIS All-Star, Cummings has great stickwork and athletic ability, making her a tough player to stop one-on-one.

* Tennile Foster, senior, Perry Hall, defense -- Coach Linda Fisher said Foster "did everything" for her 10th-ranked Gators, co-champs in Baltimore County. An aggressive back with speed and quickness, Foster could stop almost anybody one-on-one. She also scored two goals for the Gators (10-1), who fell in their Class 4A regional final. Named first-team All-Baltimore County and second-team All-State, Foster also plays goalie for the Gators' lacrosse team.

* Brent McCallister, senior, Roland Park, midfield -- The defensive half of the Reds' excellent midfield, McCallister dominated the opposition, especially in the AIS tournament. A repeat first-team pick, McCallister scored one of two shootout goals to lift the Reds over Bryn Mawr in the tournament semifinal. In the title game, she stopped almost every ball and every break headed in her direction as the Reds beat Severn, 1-0, for their fifth straight AIS A Division crown. Aggressive and intimidating on defense, the AIS All-Star was named second-team All-State.

* Aubin McCarthy, senior, Friends, defense -- The sweeper for the No. 12 Quakers, McCarthy has an uncanny ability to read the plays and fill the passing lanes. She anchored a defense that was the strength of the Quakers' 8-4-2 team. A good decision-maker under pressure, McCarthy knows when to tackle and when to contain. The AIS All-Star also could spark the attack by using her strong one-on-one skills to move the ball out of the circle and start the transition rolling.

* Amy McCormick, senior, Bryn Mawr, defense -- The stopper for No. 3 Bryn Mawr, McCormick controlled the Mawrtians' defense. With great stickwork and anticipation, she could stop the opposition and start the Mawrtians' offense rolling. A key defender against penalty corners, McCormick could change the pace of a game with her aggressive play. She was a key to the 8-3-2 season that ended in a shootout with Roland Park in the AIS A Division Tournament semifinals.

* Shawny Nellums, senior, Friends, midfield -- One of the fastest players in the AIS, Nellums also had the control to go with it. At center link, she scored a goal and had two assists, but her forte was defense. She came up big in the big games, marking some of the AIS' top attack players as the Quakers finished 8-4-2 in the AIS A Division. The AIS All-Star also has tremendous instincts, great anticipation and a relentless drive to win the ball.

* Catherine Passano, senior, Roland Park, attack -- The offensive spark for the five-time AIS A Division champs, Passano has great speed and ball control. She could overtake defenders ahead of her to win the ball and make the No. 6 Reds a huge threat on the break. Passano scored the game-winner in a shootout victory at Bryn Mawr to propel the Reds into their seventh straight title game. The AIS All-Star finished the season with seven goals and three assists.

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