1993 All-Howard County Field Hockey Team

November 22, 1993|By Katherine Dunn


* Karen Doerrler, Wilde Lake -- In only her second season at Wilde Lake, Doerrler guided the Wildecats to the biggest turnaround in the county. The team rebounded from a 2-10 record in 1992 to finish 8-5-1 and reach the Class 2A regional final. They contended for the county title right up to the final week of the regular season. Early on, a victory over defending Class 2A state champion Loch Raven completed a four-game winning streak and earned the Wildecats a ranking in The Baltimore Sun's Top 15 field hockey poll. In just four games, the Wildecats scored more goals than they had during all of 1992. For Doerrler, a Delaware native who played hockey at Earlham College in Indiana, the turnaround completed something she began last year. She returned 10 starting seniors from a team that lost a lot of 1-0 games a year ago. Doerrler also brought the Wildecats something they haven't had in a while -- coaching stability. After watching a revolving door of coaches, the Wildecats said they were happy to have a coach who knows the game and has committed to them for more than one season.


* Melissa Anderson, junior, Wilde Lake, defense -- The only non-senior starter for the Wildecats, Anderson proved a steady sweeper for the 8-5-1 Wildecats who lost in a shootout in their Class 2A regional championship. With good anticipation and quickness, she held up well against the one-on-one. Calm under pressure, she made good decisions on when to tackle and when to contain.

* Karyn Bruns, junior, Centennial, defense -- At right back, Bruns was another steady player in the backfield. For the county champion Eagles, she never hesitated to challenge the attack. A strong tackler, she often popped through to send the ball out to the midfield. Aggressive to the ball, she and right link, Player of the Year Katrina Wolfe, formed the top right-side defense in the county.

* Chantal Loomis, senior, Centennial, midfield -- Midway through the season, an undercut pass nailed Loomis in the head, requiring 50 stitches, but she wanted to get back in the game. She never missed a practice and was even more aggressive after getting back into the lineup. With excellent stickwork, Loomis played back on the angle and did a great job at redistributing the ball.

* Becca Meyer, senior, Hammond, midfield -- The Golden Bears' right link, Meyer scored one goal and had six assists, but she was the hub of a strong right side. She led the team in steals with 218 and controlled the midfield. A relentless defender, Meyer would not let the ball get away from her. With good speed and quickness, she easily dominated the opposition.

* Kelly Naylor, senior, Oakland Mills, goalkeeper -- Last year's All-Metro keeper, Naylor picked up right where she left off. Technically strong with great reflexes, she had 165 saves in 12 games with a 92.7-percent save rate. She played her most sensational game of the season, recording 21 saves in a losing effort to Pikesville in the regional playoffs. A four-year starter for the Scorpions, Naylor was named first-team All-State for the second year in a row.

* Jen Stocker, senior, Mount Hebron, attack -- Stocker led the Vikings in assists with seven, and most of them came on corner plays. An accurate passer off the penalty corners, Stocker sent her teammates well-paced hits that usually turned into good shots. Although she played left inner, Stocker had just one goal. But she did more to initiate the offense than to finish it.

* Bethany Thompson, senior, Hammond, attack -- Moving up from link last year to play right wing, Thompson gave opposing defenses fits. Quick and always low on the ball, Thompson often carried the ball through several defenders down the wing and sent it in to the middle for a shot. She had a goal and two assists, but also had solid defensive skills, making 181 steals.

* Debbie West, senior, Glenelg, midfield -- The hub of her team, West kept the struggling young Gladiators in a lot of games. With excellent stickwork and game sense, the veteran of the Gladiators' midfield dominated opponents at right link. West primarily played defense, where her good instincts and anticipation paid off. Her steals often sparked the Glenelg offense.

* Amanda Williams, senior, Hammond, defense -- A reliable, consistent stopper, Williams bolstered a strong Bears right side behind teammates Becca Meyer and Bethany Thompson. Not a big hitter, Williams used short accurate pushes to place the ball right where her midfield teammates could use it. With 159 steals, she made good decisions and often switched fields to set the offense rolling.

* Janice Yoo, senior, Mount Hebron, attack -- Yoo proved to be the clutch player in the Vikings' offense. Her five goals came late in games when the Vikings needed them most. She also had two assists and might have had more except for some inexperience around her. A strong player at left inner with good stickwork, Yoo had a relentless drive to get the ball into the circle.


The Baltimore Sun All-Howard County Field Hockey Team was selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with county coaches.

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